Each year, 95% of infants in the United States are swaddled in disposable, plastic diapers. How many diapers do all those infants use? 27 billion. 27,000,000,000 diapers are put in the trash and head to our landfills every single year.
Disposable diapers are the third largest consumer item in landfills, representing approximately 30% of non-biodegradable waste. Each disposable diaper lasts for as long as 500 years in a landfill. Can you imagine the toll this one single product takes on our beloved planet if you add up the number of diapers used by parents in countries around the world multiplied by half a millennia per diaper? It bears repeating that the United States alone will generate 27 billion grapefruit-sized, non-biodegradable chunks of this plastic every year. And, remember that the waste inside those used diapers can’t naturally decompose in their plastic cases and sit there attracting rodents and producing harmful bacteria that can leach into watersheds and result in contaminated, disease-ridden waterways.
It takes half a pint of crude oil to make one disposable diaper. That means it takes 1,700,000,000 gallons of crude oil to make just one year’s worth of diapers for the United States alone. That is enough fuel to power a car from New York City to Los Angeles 272,630 times.
Polyethylene, Dioxins, Toluene, Xylene, Ethylbenzene & Dipentene are just some of the chemicals and plastics that are in these everyday disposable diapers. These synthetic materials are prone to causing skin irritation and diaper rash. Do you really want your precious children wearing plastic, toxic underwear? Would you wear it?
Are we really willing to continue ignoring this ecological nightmare?
We, at Diaper Doom, are not. We believe this has to CHANGE!