Choose chlorine-free diapers
January 7, 2013
A baby goes through an average of 5,000 to 8,000 diaper changes before they move on to undies! That’s a lot of diaper wearing, and moms are provided with little information about what they’re wrapping around their baby’s bottom. In fact, diaper manufacturers are not required to disclose their ingredients, even though they share many of the same toxic ingredients that cosmetics and personal care manufacturers are required to disclose. No matter which you swear by—cloth or disposable— your decision has far-reaching consequences. If you use disposable diapers, you can choose diapers that are safer & more eco-friendly.
Here’s what you should look for when choosing a disposable diaper:
- Chlorine-free: Most conventional disposable diapers are bleached with chlorine, which produces dioxins – one of which is the most toxic of all cancer-causing chemicals. These dioxins end up in the environment and ultimately in our food. Eww. By choosing chlorine-free diapers, you reduce dioxin pollution and help create a healthier world for our babies.
- Fragrance, dye, and lotion-free: Some disposable diaper manufacturers add synthetic fragrance to mask odors, dyes to make the diapers cute, and even lotions to supposedly help baby’s skin. The truth is, most of these additions probably do more harm than good. For example, researchers from the University of Massachusetts Medical School found that up to 20 percent of diaper rash cases could be caused by exposure to the petroleum-based dyes used in diapers. Choose fragrance, dye, and lotion-free to avoid exposing your baby to these unnecessary chemicals.