A few weeks ago a thought popped into my head “What would our garbage look like without all these disposable diapers in it?”. So with my husband and my mom (who is over all the time) on board we separated the two types of waste. I wanted to see really how far we have come. Also, what our diaper waste is doing to our household garbage. This is how we had our garbage set up under the kitchen sink this past week.Here is the everyday garbage that our family of four accumulated. over the week.We had a separate can for my two-year olds diapers. I wanted to know what our garbage could look like diaper-free. At some point during the week my mom thought the diapers stunk too much and put them in the can outside. This is the rest of the weeks diapers. Look, it ain’t pretty but it’s full disclosure. I never said we were perfect. Far from it.This is the shared family bathroom garbage. Some of the waste is tp my son put in there, random baby wipes and the bottom of our shower curtain.Our en suite bathroom garbage has q-tips in it, some random garbage from the garage and yes that is a handi-pak of cheese n’ crackers. I cannot control my husband… This can has more than one weeks worth of garbage in it. I would say about three weeks.On Earth Day, my husband announced that he was storing the second garbage can in the garage. We don’t need it anymore.The can held all the weeks diapers, kitchen garbage, family bathroom garbage plus some outdoor garbage my husband added. This experiment has been very eye-opening. We have come a long way. I am very proud of our progress. Now for the tough part…
Our goal is to have our youngest son potty trained as soon as he is ready. Obviously it will make a major difference in our trash. I understand that disposable diapers are very bad for the environment. If anyone understands that it is me! Some people reading this must be shocked that we use disposable diapers. I hope they try not to be judgemental. We are trying our best within our specific circumstances. I also understand that cloth diapers are great and work for many families. We owned lots of cloth diapers (and tried it with both kids) but it didn’t work within our family dynamic. I will not be starting up using cloth diapers because of this experiment. As part of realizing what is actually used and what isn’t used in our house (and shedding the unused) I donated all the cloth diapers recently. We will still be using diapers for awhile. We have some training underwear he can wear (occasionally) with plastic covers plus one that has a liner built-in. With this new awareness of just how much of our waste is from diapers, I am also going to incorporate some non-diaper time into our routine.
Wow! Full disclosure is tough. I feel judged and I have not even pressed Post. It feels like I just went to confession and I am waiting for the priest to tell me what to do to repent. Catholic guilt at it`s finest!
How much garbage do you put out each week…
“All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.” – Havelock Ellis
“You can clutch the past so tightly to your chest that it leaves your arms too full to embrace the present.” – Jan Glidewell
- Save the Landfills, Use Cloth Diapers (theecochic.com)
- The Dirt on Disposable Diapers (thewmeacblog.org)
- How I Quit Cloth Diapering (and Faced the Mama Mafia) (oaxacaborn.wordpress.com)
- Diaper Debate: Cloth or Disposable? (denver.cbslocal.com)