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A Fresh Look At Diapers

Municipalities

It’s surprising to many that municipal governments have reason to care about what type of diapering their citizens prefer. Due to the way in which municipal solid waste is processed, however, most communities are unknowingly subsidizing disposable diapers.

Do you want to know more? Download and read our paper, Diapers and Municipal Government (PDF, 175K).

We show how to estimate for yourself how much your community is spending on disposable diapers and give some suggestions on how to reduce the hidden subsidy. If you're trying to reduce this subsidy in your community, please feel free to contact us; perhaps we can even help you establish some sort of discount reusable diaper program.

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Massachusetts Diaper Municipal Solid Waste (MSW)

If you’re curious about how much diaper solid waste is being generated in your community and you happen to live in Massachusetts, you may find the following table of interest. It is based on the annual reports made by the individual communities to the commonwealth, so if your community did not provide a complete report you will only see blanks for it (and the total for the state is not counting those communities). Otherwise you will see (in tons) the approximate weight range of the diaper waste being produced in your community per year. If you know how much your community spends to haul and dispose of a ton of MSW, it’s then just a simple matter of multiplication to figure out roughly how much your community is spending on disposable diapers. Spending between $100 and $200 per ton on MSW is not uncommon.

Community Diaper Min. Diaper MSW Diaper Max. Diaper MSW
Boston Springfield Quincy Fall River New Bedford Worcester Lynn Brockton Medford Newton Haverhill Somerville Weymouth Barnstable Plymouth Chicopee Peabody Cambridge Malden Revere Waltham Brookline Everett Methuen Westfield Billerica Salem Taunton Pittsfield Framingham Saugus Wakefield Chelmsford
 

Environment

There has been a lot of misleading information circulated about the impact of different types of diapers on the environment. Back in 1978 a study called Study of Environmental Impacts of Selected Disposable Versus Reusable Products with Health Considerations (SW-152c) was released, unreviewed, by the EPA, that compared the environmental impact of disposables versus reusables in several categories (including diapers). This study introduced the curious idea that it may be better to create something anew rather than wash it due to the resources involved in the washing. There were enough criticisms of SW-152c raised at the time that the EPA put a disclaimer on it indicating that it ought never to be used to determine public policy.

In spite of that disclaimer, many took it seriously and continue to take it seriously. Unfortunately, some of its conclusions are based upon errors. We have written a white paper identifying these errors and (as best as possible) factoring them out. Sound interesting? Read An Analysis of the Diaper Portion of SW-152c (PDF, 326K) for all the details.

We have also written another white paper, Diapers and the Environment (PDF, 221K), giving an overview of the environmental impact of disposable versus reusable diapers in a few areas.

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Cost Comparisons

Have you ever wondered whether it’s more expensive to use cloth diapers or disposable diapers? Wonder no more! Read our paper, Diaper Cost Comparison (PDF, 199K), to see the average case and learn how to calculate it for your own specific case. Don’t let others tell you which will be less expensive for you, check it out for yourself.

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For most people most of the time, reusable diapers will be dramatically less expensive than single-use diapers, but again don’t just take our word for it — learn how to check it for yourself and get a trustworthy answer that’s customized just for you.

Don’t be surprised if you discover that simply changing your diapering habits saves you hundreds (for a single child) or even thousands (for more than one child) of dollars.

Conventional Diapers

NEARTA is pleased to announce our own new patent-pending reusable diaper specifically designed to consume less energy drying, be comfortable for Baby, and be as easy to use as a disposable diaper. Even though it’s a premium diaper utilizing a unique combination of modern breathable materials, cutting-edge manufacturing techniques enable it to be affordably priced. Please contact us directly if you would like to purchase in wholesale quantities.

The Nearta Diaper looks a lot like a common disposable diaper, but is both far more economical and better for the environment as it can be repeatedly used and reused. Its design requires no folding or special handling, so washing and readying for reuse is far easier than with many other cloth diapers.

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One Size Fits All Diapers

NEARTA is pleased to announce a new one-size fits all version of our groundbreaking reusable diaper. As you’d expect from NEARTA, we’re using a unique combination of modern breathable materials, cutting-edge manufacturing techniques to keep it affordably priced and offer features not found in any other reusable diaper. Its revolutionary design enables it to use simple easy-to-use hook-and-loop type fasteners in lieu of snaps. Please contact us directly if you would like to purchase in wholesale quantities.

We made our new one size version to help reduce cost and increase convenience, especially for families with multiple kids. It builds on all the excellent features of the original Nearta Diaper.

The Nearta Diaper looks a lot like a common disposable diaper, but is both far more economical and better for the environment as it can be repeatedly used and reused. Its design requires no folding or special handling, so washing and readying for reuse is far easier than with many other cloth diapers.

Material:

  • Waterproof fabric made from polyester spun for quicker drying (and again energy savings). Cotton and wool do not keep their character after lamination, but the special polyester used here remains soft.
  • Micro-mesh creates air holes to help keep skin feeling dryer while also helping liquid more quickly pass to the next layer.
  • Closed loop fabric acts as a strong Velcro-like fastener but is significantly more comfortable.

Design:

  • careful manipulation of individual pieces’ shape and size reduces cost while minimizing waste; better for both the environment and the pocketbook.
  • Utilizes existing automatic equipment from other industries to reduce manufacturing cost.
  • The flap sandwich pocket design provides easy access without uncomfortable zippers or other fasteners.
  • Self-adjusting elastic fitting can handle a large range of sizes.
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