It’s easy to throw up our hands in the face of plastic-filled gyres and contaminated fish, but we’re not the types to be intimidated. Our current plastics situation is in many ways the by-product of “convenience” products that have only been in our lives for a generation.
The disposable diaper problem extends well beyond the borders of developed nations. Reusable diapers are a luxury, unavailable to families in some of the world’s most distressed regions. The following article was originally posted on The Green Mama.
Diapers for Guatemala
Last year when I went to Guatemala with my baby and young daughter, I was horrified. Yes, at the spiders and scorpions and Giardia, but even more at the daily dilemma around diapering babies.
I’ve talked with parents about every aspect of diapering, poop management, and pee protocol in my years as The Green Mama–I’ve published articles and booklets on it. Yet, until living with my children in Guatemala, I sort of assumed that poor people in developing countries handled diapering much as they did 100 years ago: a little cloth strapped around the kids bum and a lot of running them outside to pee at the first sign of need. I didn’t think much about how disposable diapers and increasing poverty might have affected these traditions. Yet, they have.
Thank you to our marketing manager, Doe, for giving us this homegrown backstory.
Hemp. Eat it. Wear it.
Hemp? Yup. We know what you’re thinking. So let’s get the elephant out of the room now: hemp is NOT cannabis. It’s NOT marijuana. And if you use our cloth inserts, your baby has benefited from the breathability, absorbency and the antibacterial properties of one of the earth’s most sustainable fibers. Next week, we’ll be joining the Hemp History Week campaign, the national grassroots education campaign designed to amplify support for hemp farming in the U.S.
One might think that diapers would be the simplest decision a parent could make for their baby. Diapers only have one function after all: make sure baby’s waste doesn’t end up all over the place.
It used to be an incredibly simple decision. You used what was available (which probably meant an absorbent piece of cloth and a sturdy rubber pant). But then someone had to jump in there and make it all complicated by adding OPTIONS for goodness sake. It’s become a battle royale. Diaper vs diaper. Cloth diapers vs disposable diapers. And ohmyword then there’s ANOTHER choice with gDiapers, which is a bit of both.
Thank you to Christine, who shared with us a photo of her changing station. Man oh man what we’d give to be as organized as Christine! What’s on your changing station? What does your diaper disposal system look like? Send us your pics. Or post them to Pinterest with #gdiapers.