The Benefits Of Using Non-Chlorine Diapers & Wipes
Many parents in this decade have turned environmentally savvy, choosing the convenience of the disposable non-chlorine diaper, rather than old-fashioned plastic disposables that were once used. Swaddling your baby in a modern, biodegradable, chlorine-free disposable, is better for the environment than the washing, bleaching and drying you would do with a reusable cloth diaper. Some parent’s question spending a little more and if there’s a difference between a chlorine and a non-chlorine diaper.
Keep Your Baby Bleach-Free.
Standard diapers are heavily bleached with chlorine made out of absorbent wood pulp that is harmful to the skin. Every time a cloth diaper is dirtied, it needs to be heavily bleached and washed before it can be used. Bleaching is a process that harms the environment but more importantly, toxic dioxins are released and could remain behind irritating your baby’s delicate skin. These chemicals come in close contact with your baby and can be released into the porous parts of their body.
Helping To Make A Cleaner Planet.
The plastic that traditional diapers are made out of are non-biodegradable, meaning there’s no way for it to decompose. After a single plastic diaper is disposed, it will be placed in a landfill for up to 500 years, polluting our planet. A non-chlorine diaper sold in stores is made from naturally sustained ingredients that are at least partially biodegradable or completely degradable.
Lower Health Risks.
Most of the standard disposable diapers that are sold in stores contain chemically enhanced fragrances, phthalates (plastic softeners), petroleum-based dyes, and lotions. Even though these are added to improve a diapers smell and make the diaper look and feel better, they’re unnecessary and are harmful to your baby. If your baby has sensitive skin, an allergic reaction or dermatitis from chemical contact could develop. The dyes found in these standard diapers have been linked to asthma, nerve impairment, ADHD, and even cancer. The Academy of Pediatrics states that phthalates are potentially harmful to a baby and could disrupt the reproductive system and endocrine of a baby still developing.
Vermont’s Anderson Laboratories tested three brands of disposable diapers and concluded that two out of three tested emitted chemicals that are harmful to the respiratory system. Respiratory problems increased in mice after there was repeated exposure to the diaper vapor.
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