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Dispose of your Poop Properly!

16 Nov

So it’s no secret that I think that cloth diapers are the best invention since the booty.   They’ve been used since the beginning of time but the cloth diapers I use, are not like the cloth diapers that covered the butt of the Almighty One over 2000 years ago as he lay in a manger.  Heck no, these cloth diapers are easy and shaped like a disposable, complete with velcro (if you like that sort of thing), or snaps to close them.  They are devoid of chemicals, more breathable, and much more inexpensive in the long run than disposable diapers.

But…

That’s not at all what I want to talk about today.  I would like to talk about the biohazards that are disposable diapers.  Imagine going into a hospital, or a doctor’s office for that matter, and seeing a biohazardous waste container.  You know what I’m talking about, the red containers that doctors dispose anything contaminated with human fluids or waste material into?

Yeah, those things.  Take a long, hard think about what goes into those things.  Right off the top of my head I can tell you that I’ve seen needles, vaginal swabs, penile swabs, bloody gauze, barely-bloody cotton balls, sanitary napkins, and diapers being disposed of in those containers.  During Madilyn’s 3 day stint in the hospital when she was subjected to disposable diapers for over 72 hours, they threw the soiled diapers into biohazard waste bins because guess what?  That’s where they belong.

UCLA defines biohazards as “infectious agents or hazardous biological materials that present a risk or potential risk to the health of humans, animals or the environment. The risk can be direct through infection or indirect through damage to the environment.  Biohazardous materials include certain types of recombinant DNA; organisms and viruses infectious to humans, animals or plants (e.g. parasites, viruses, bacteria, fungi, prions, rickettsia); and biologically active agents (i.e. toxins, allergens, venoms) that may cause disease in other living organisms or cause significant impact to the environment or community.”  That read, “poop” immediately comes to mind.  “Urine” does too for that matter.  I mean, correct me if I’m wrong here but is poop not a breeding ground for parasites, viruses, bacteria, & fungi?  When my daughter got her Rotovirus vaccine in the form of a drink, I was told that it was a live vaccine and to not come into contact with her poop for two whole weeks.  The doctor also told me to wash my hands thoroughly after each diaper change or risk contracting a horrible case of diarrhea and vomiting.  YIKES!  So most kids get this vaccine as infants, are probably told the same thing I was told (to recap: do NOT touch the stuff), and we’re polluting our landfills with poop and vaccine filled diapers.  YUCK!  Urine might be sterile but it is also human waste and I don’t really want anything to do with anyone’s urine but my own.  And even that goes directly into the toilet (or down the shower drain).

I used disposable diapers for three (count them, 3), years with my son and I can honestly say that I never ONCE dropped his poop into the toilet like the packaging prompts you to.  I mean, part of the reason you use disposables is so that you don’t have to mess with poop, right?  WRONG.  It does say on the package to dispose of feces before throwing the diaper into the trash can.  It’s bad enough that you can’t do anything with the urine in the diapers, but poop too?  Why did I never before think about how disgusting it is that disposable diapers and their waste account for over 2 billion tons of waste in American landfills each year?  Combine that gross figure with a little rain and you get runoff from landfills into our waterways, irrigation systems, and farms full of food (that we eat, ya know).  This is a public health hazard, people!  Does it not make you gag?  It makes me gag and I have a pretty strong stomach.  Check THIS out for more information on disposable diaper hazardous waste and hidden costs of disposable diapering (as if there weren’t enough of THOSE).

I could probably go on all night long because that’s just my nature but instead, I’ll leave you with a thought.  If you’re absolutely, positively opposed to opening your mind to cloth diapering, that’s fine.  But please, PLEASE dispose of your poop properly.  Please?  At least do that much to reduce waste and weight in our landfills.  And while you’re at it, check out this great video of Mike Rowe during his stint at a diaper cleaning service.  (Sorry it’s  not embedded into the blog, Discovery Channel are stingy beast-ards.  And please keep in mind that you do NOT have to mess with a diaper service or diaper pins, this video is just…ripe.)   http://dsc.discovery.com/videos/dirt…r-cleaner.html

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