Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Cloth Diapers

I couldn't quite go wordless today! Here are some pictures from our cloth diaper stash. Here we have a bunch of small Thirsties AIOs, a Grovia OS AI2, and a OS AI2 in grass giraffes from Rikraks on Hyena Cart.
Our set of Small Thirsties AIOs with pocket. 

Grovia OS AI2 in Nature

Action shot (love the pose!) of my Grass Giraffes OS AI2 by RikRaks

I've been dying to get some diapers in these giraffe prints for a long time, and I finally have a diaper in Grass Giraffes, a cover in Pink Giraffes, and a wetbag in Iced Giraffes. Now I'm just stalking Sorbet Giraffes! 

Okay, okay, just one more! I ordered my first custom diaper ever and it just arrived in the mail today! That means that I got to choose the print, style, size, etc. of the diaper and it was made just for me according to my specifications. And (drumroll, please) here it is: My OS AI2 (with a hemp & minky insert) in Hot Pink Ooga Boogas with fluffles (ruffles) from "Fluffy Bums and Happy Mums".
Custom OS AI2 Hot Pink Ooga Booga Fluffle from Fluffy Bums and Happy Mums

What are your coveted diaper prints or designs? Which are your favorites?
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Green Tuesday: Reasons to Cloth Diaper

For my first Green Tuesday post, I am so excited to talk about cloth diapers! Many of my friends thought I was crazy for wanting to use cloth diapers. They just needed to hear about all the advantages to cloth diapering and see the cute, modern, and easy options to change their minds! They may not all be cloth diapering now, but they respect my choice and all agree that cloth diapering is much better than they had imagined.

So what are these benefits to cloth diapering? There are three main advantages:

1. Cloth diapers are better for the environment than disposable diapers.
     Did you know that a baby will use about 7,000 diapers by the time they are potty trained? Using cloth diapers will keep 7,000 diapers (and the waste they contain) out of landfills. Disposable diapers do not biodegrade under typical landfill conditions. Some estimate that disposable diapers create 1 ton of garbage per child per year. (Read more at Virtues of Cloth.) It's true that cloth diapers do take a lot of water to wash and energy to dry in the dryer (if you're not line drying them). But to me, the environmental advantages of cloth diapers outweigh the disadvantages.

2. Cloth diapers are cheaper than disposables.
     Consider that a pack of disposable diapers costs about $8. That is money that is literally being thrown away. On average, parents spend about $2000 to $5000 on disposable diapers for one child. A full set of basic cloth diapers can easily be purchased for as low as $100. Fancier and more convenient cloth diapers could be purchased for well under $500 for a full stash. Even with the added costs of washing and drying, cloth diapering comes out to be cheaper than using disposable diapers, and believe me, I've calculated!!

3. Cloth diapers are safer for your baby than disposables.
    This last fact I was not so convinced about until recently. I am learning more and more about the scary chemicals and ingredients that are part of disposable diapers. Some of these chemicals include dioxins, sodium polyacrylate, Tributyl-tin (TBT), volatile Organic compounds (VOCs), and other chemicals such as fragrances. These ingredients are toxic and may cause problems with the immune system, nervous system, endocrine system, reproductive functions, have caused toxic shock syndrome when used in tampons, may contribute to obesity, and cancer, and can lead to allergic reactions. Please read more information about the chemicals in disposables at Peaceful Parenting.

Originally, we began cloth diapering for the monetary savings. Our second motivation was the environment. I truly enjoy cloth diapering and have found it to be a fun hobby. As long as I must cover my babies' bums in diapers, why shouldn't I do it in a way that I really enjoy? I hope that you'll give cloth diapers a try! (There are lots of trial programs out there that are basically risk-free. But that's a post for another day.) One store I visit often is Nicki's Diapers I'll write another post with a list of my other favorite stores soon.

Welcome to my (green) life

Hello, World!

For my first post, I'd love to introduce myself and the vision I have for this blog. My name is Christine and I'm a student, wife, and mother of two wonderful children. I study Germanic Linguistics, I've been married for almost five years, and my children are ages 3 and 3 months. Sometimes I feel like a crazed mama; sometimes I feel like I'm having fun with the little things in life--and that's what this blog is about.

This blog will be my outlet for all green things that I enjoy. I plan to blog about cloth diapers, saving the environment, making money online, giveaways, and easy ways to save money, among many other topics.

Today, I have two fun recommendations for earning a little money online.
1) I love to do surveys from I actually have earned money from them, not like a lot of other survey sites I've joined! They pay about $1.00-5.00 per survey and I get about 5-10 opportunities a month. I find it a fun and easy way to earn money (in the form of gift certificates).
2) I also have enjoyed doing tasks for Mechanical Turk from Amazon at Particpants complete easy tasks such as categorizing items of jewelry, or writing a description of a video. For these tasks, participants earn certain amounts of money.

Have you used either of these sites before? How do you enjoy making money online?

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