Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Diaper talk for parenting moms

The issue may be academic in India, where the diaper culture is limited to urban middle-class moms.In Australia,they say,diaper waste poses a disposal problem. They are now into reusable cloth diaper. Something that our mothers made out of discarded dhoti and sheets, before TV commercials talked them into Huggies, Pampers, and other brands of diaper.
The diaper debate in the West, initiated by green activists, discussed materials they used in making disposable nappy - petroleum by-products, tree products such as fluff pulp, and the chemicals added for fragrance.Cloth diapers made with standard cotton contained pesticide and fertilisers. Choosy parents, they say, have options - diapers made with fibers such as organic cotton, hemp or bamboo.
"Nappies have certainly changed since I had the um.. privilege.. of diaper changing. Back then, all they were was a square of cotton cloth, held together with a safety pin", says a writer in Green Living Tips. Her article speaks of EcoBums, a company in Adelaide that runs a nappy hire service. "I initially screwed up my nose a bit at the idea", says the writer, adding that the company claims to follow stringent cleaning procedure before sending nappies for reuse.
For details access the following:
Cloth Diaper Subsidy For Greener Bums
Reusable Vs disposable diaper


  1. Cloth diapers are surely a "green" idea-however, the disposable ones have made our lives easier. Since these days we are living as nuclear units, the lady of the house has to do all the chores herself while looking after the child and even manage a career. In India, we still have the privilege of hiring a domestic help, which is not the case in other countries. In such a scenario, a cloth diaper only adds to our miseries :). I think recycling the waste created by the disposable diapers would be a better idea.

    1. Focus of the piece (see the first link in the list) was, I believe, is a diaper laundry, that cleans the soiled pieces for those who send them nappies, as they do, shirts and other clothes to the laundry. From our end of the world, this appears a weird idea, but it is a business model for the company, which, they say, also hires nappy made of bamboo.I heard they also make paper-like fabric from stem of banana plants.

  2. I went through the links. Well, yes, in our end of the world, it'll take a few more years for that business model to be successful,since the standard of hygiene and cleanliness varies from country to country, and even culture to culture. Till then, we can resort to recycling. I read about an organisation Conserve India( in one of Rashmi Bansal's books(I have a Dream), which is into similar practice.