Did you ever see a landfill? If you didn’t, we don’t blame you. After all, no one wants to see that.
But if you do see it, the view is staggering. It can actually be damning to look at.
Acres upon acres upon acres of residue we’ve created from overconsumption and a failure to look at the consequences of our acts.
And the disposable diapers that every single parent uses are a major contributor to their continuous growth.
In Quebec, we throw away more than 1.6 million disposable diapers every single day. That equals 6000 garbage trucks full of diapers who pump even more garbage in our already overfilled landfills.
Canadian parents throw away nearly 1.5 Billion disposable diapers in one year. And it’s not as if these diapers would easily decompose.
In optimal conditions, it would take them 250-500 years to do so. Yet, since our landfills are so filled already, it can take the double of that time. So we’re dooming generations of people that will come after us, all in the name of “convenience”.
Throwaways Hurt The Air We Breathe And The Soil We Walk On
Because they're made from wood pulp, they are a major contributor to tree cutting - which is a major contributor to climate change.
Actually, throwaway diapering one child means the cutdown of 300 pounds of wood.
To give you an idea of what this means, let's simulate some numbers. There are 387 thousand children that are born in Canada every year.
If 300 thousands use throwaway diapers, which is a fair estimate for Canada, that means 90 million pounds of wood cut down every single year.
That equals 1121 acres of forest cut down. Enough to make any environmentally-conscious person tremble.
So we cut down our trees, which hold our soil and creates the oxygen we breathe. Then, we throw it in overfilled landfills where it takes up to a thousand years to decompose. Basically, we're giving our kids, and their kids, and their kids - generation after generation - a poisoned gift. Again, all in the name of convenience.
Why paper mills are built on rivers
After the paper industry cuts the trees, they don't go straight into diapers.
Before becoming a full-fledged diaper, wood needs further processing and bleaching. And the addition of other chemical substances to add absorbency.
Thus, the wood goes into paper mills, where it undergoes heavy treatment. It's a complete transformation.
More than chemicals, all this wood requires gigantic quantities of water to transform into the final product.
It requires so much water that you can guess where the industry built the majority of the paper and pulp processing mills. Straight on the shores of our biggest rivers.
(~100L of water per week to wash your AppleCheeks Diapers - If 80K babies would use reusable diapers, it would take 8M litres of water per week.)
"But wait, we have to wash reusable diapers... What about that water?"
So, 2 years of disposable diapering wastes 28,300 liters of water . That's a staggering number.
If you use reusable diapers, and you were to wash your diapers three times a week for 2 years, you'd be consuming 10,400 liters of water.
What About The Costs?
The usual baby uses diapers for around 30 months. The price of disposables required to cover these 2 and a half years varies between 1500 and 2500 dollars. And this price recurs with every single child.
With AppleCheeks diapers, the entire experience costs from 550 to 855 dollars. And you can re-use the same diapers on other children as well.
If you use the same set of 550$ for two children, and it costs say 2000$ per child on average, that means savings of nearly 3500$.
You can go on an All-Inclusive Family Vacation With that kind of money.