I’m sure many of you have read the recent article on TimesOnline siting a Defra study which concluded that cloth diapers were worse for the environment than sposies. If somehow you have missed this article, you can check it out here:
I say that I’m “sure” many of you have read it because it has been re-posted every-friggin-where I turn … blogs, message boards, FaceBook, etc. Without getting into why this study (and subsequently, the article) is flawed (if you want to know about that, check out this blog: http://anditstarts.blogspot.com/2008/09/letter-to-editor.html) I want to explore a bit the rapid and massive reposting of this information.
Why is it that everyone and their grandma feels the need to post this article ALL over the place … often times making rude and/or disparaging comments to those who cloth diaper? There’s a lot of research out there that has the complete opposite conclusion of this article, yet, I don’t see people posting that information in the same manner. Or to the same extent. In other words, why is everyone hatin’ on the CDs?!
We cloth diaper, so I’ll admit that I am a little biased toward CDs, but I also don’t get in anyone else’s face about my choices or preferences. Do I educate people on how cool CDs are, and encourage them to check them out if interested? Heck yeah! However, I would NEVER post to a sposie user, “Check out the info on these toxins in diapers! Ooooh, in your face!” But … I feel like that’s the attitude with which many of us CD users are being met.
So what’s the deal? Why the animosity toward CDers? Seriously … let me know. Because I just don’t get it.