Cloth Diapers … are they the new “love to hate”?

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:

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/environment/article4969413.ece

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.

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One response

  1. Honestly? I think it is a still-latent bias towards being “modern” and that everything new is better, as well as some simmering resentment in the mommy wars. We’ve been told for years that disposables are the only alternative, that cloth diapers are hard to deal with, smelly, messy….just not feasible in today’s world. So by association if you use them you are a) trying to be a superwoman b) nuts.

    But that’s not the case in lots of places – check out this blog post I wrote last year, when trying to decide on cloth vs. sposies:

    http://gringotambo.wordpress.com/2007/07/17/ideas-of-convenience-environmentalism-and-diapers/#comments

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