Disposable diapers are so prevalent in our society that one might think there is no other option. Unfortunately, synthetic, single-use diapers can contain chemicals that could have harmful effects on babies, leading to respiratory problems, an increase in rashes, or allergic reactions. Read on for some of the gross facts about disposable diapers, and learn about the benefits of cloth diapers as a more natural and eco-friendly alternative.
Dioxins Are Carcinogenic
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lists dioxins as highly carcinogenic chemicals. Exposure may cause skin reactions and can even alter liver functions and impair the immune, nervous, and endocrine systems.
Sodium Polyacrylate Absorbs Wetness, but What About Baby?
Used in the fillers of disposable diapers for greater absorbency, sodium polyacrylate was removed from products such as tampons due to fears around toxic shock syndrome. However, it can be found in the form of small, gel-like crystals on the skin of babies who wear synthetic, disposable diapers.
Sodium polyacrylate is suspected to be linked with respiratory and skin irritations, however, it has not been used long enough for research to know the long-term effects on babies.
Tributyl-tin (TBT) is Harmful to Aquatic Life
Tributyl-tin is found in many disposable diapers. Also known as TBT, the EPA states that it is extremely harmful, and even toxic, to aquatic life. In addition, it can cause endocrine disruptions in water-dwelling organisms. Just as dangerous, TBT does not degrade and remains in our environment and in the food chain.
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are Irritating
There are often chemicals known as Volatile Organic Compounds, or VOCs, used in the production of synthetic disposable diapers. VOCs can include ethylbenzene, toluene, xylene and dipentene. These chemicals can cause irritation to the eyes, nose and throat, headaches, and damage to the liver, kidneys and central nervous system.
Other chemicals used in synthetic disposable diapers include adhesives, dyes, fragrances, plastics and petrolatums.
A Healthier Alternative
When you use natural cloth diapers, you eliminate exposure to these and other chemicals. Reach out to Do Good Diaper Service and learn more about our natural, sustainable and convenient option for clothing diapering in the Minneapolis area.