Using disposable diapers has a horrendous impact on the environment, to the tune of creating an estimated metric ton of waste for each child by the time they are potty-trained. I've had 3 children in 3 years. I can not fathom looking out the window and having a THREE TON
pile mountain of soiled diapers in our backyard. Especially one that would take approximately 500 years to decompose.
And let's not forget the resources it takes to create disposable diapers in the first place- manufacturers use over 1 million metric tons of wood pulp and 75,000 metric tons of plastic each year. And that's not including the chemicals used, such as sodium polyacralate, dioxin, and stearyl alcohol.
Using cloth diapers is much more environmentally-friendly, even after you take into account their manufacturing process and washing routines. There are many other benefits as well, such as being healthier for your baby, saving you [lots of] money, and being so gosh darn CUTE! (Future blog posts on all of those points coming soon.)
If you have any questions about using cloth diapers, feel free to ask, and I will try my best to help! ^.^my Etsy shop.