When the Best of Earth-Friendly Intentions Go Awry


I’ve always been fairly environmentally conscious. I recycle as much as I can. I try to walk to run errands whenever possible. I conserve electricity and gas to help both the earth and my budget. And when my daughter arrived, I had the best of intentions to cloth diaper. I really did.

As you might have guessed, it didn’t work out. I totally blame my husband. He was against it and quite vocal about his opposition even as I plowed ahead, buying cloth diapers and wipes. He was more concerned about adding to my laundry workload than saving the environment; he didn’t think I’d have the time, energy or desire to do extra loads of laundry. I used the cloth diapers for a couple of months—while my husband faithfully used disposables—until my daughter outgrew the sizes I had. Then, I just didn’t buy the next size. And so my short affair with cloth diapering ended.

Read on for more on my cloth-diapering fail and how I swear I’m making up for my environmental misdeeds.Erin


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  1. next time buy the “one size” cloth diapers, they fit from newborn to toddler. thats the kind we use and i absolutely Love them,
    i will Never use disposables again. here is the website i got them from, http://www.cottonbabies.com and we use the Econobum ones…also, we’ve never had a problem with leaking either.

  2. Didn’t they have a diaper service by you? They are usually about 25 bucks a week and they come and pick up the soiled ones and drop off the clean.