Originally Posted by bethzaring
I saw it estimated that 27 billion disposables are used each year in the US. What amount of energy is expended to make and dispose of 27 billion diapers?
Not only energy needed to produce those diapers but how much finite non renewable resources are used. Lots of polymers in disposables, and polymers generally come from oil.
I'm pretty sure todays disposables are bio-degradable, but there is still sewage being put in landfills.
And the biohazard. People toss disposables everywhere
. If someone has to carry a poopie cloth with them they are going to make sure the cloth is 'contained'. Not so with disposables.
In the '80s I worked in a gas station. Ma and Pa Entitled would dump their diaper bag in the island cans on a regular basis. I about retched at the memory of dumping those cans.
What's funny is I have never met anyone who admitted to tossing their biohazard by the roadside, or in a public garbage can, or left crap filled diapers sit somewhere. No one does it but it still happens?
About water, water is infinity recyclable. I can just about guarantee there is at least one molecule of water in my coffee cup that was at one time in poop. And pee.