Going green, for the “wrong” reasons


If you were to drive past our house on just about any day of the week, you’d likely see cloth diapers, liners & wipes hanging out our clothesline.  If you looked to either side of the diapers, you’d notice our sprawling gardens, which have often spurred the question: “You must really care about the environment and organic foods, don’t you?”

The truth is: we don’t.

At least, it didn’t start out that way.

I tried cloth diapering Ariana for a couple of months when she was an infant, but I hated the covers and dealing with the prefolds & liners.  I gave up.

Fast forward to a couple of months ago: our finances are down & budgeting for the cost of disposable diapers is about as fun as a root canal.  I suggest we consider cloth diapers again and Terry hesitantly says okay.  After checking with one of my amazing mama friends, I commit 100% to pocket diapers.

I even went as far as to buy cheap baby wash cloths from the Dollar Tree to use as wipes for the non-stinky diapers.  So far, we are thrilled.  They aren’t as easy as disposables, but they aren’t that much work, IMO.

I have to admit, I did it for the money. Using cloth diapers for about 3 months would break even with what we would’ve spent on disposables.  Since we got the diapers, I did more research on the impact disposables have on the environment.  Although I was in it to save some money, I’m also glad that I’m not contributing more diapers to landfills.

We’ve also been looking into other ways to save money/ help the environment.  So far, we’re interested in (but haven’t committed to: Skoy cloths (still on the fence about these), un-paper towels, cloth napkins & wool dryer balls.  If anyone has experience with any of these, I’d love to hear more about it!

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5 thoughts on “Going green, for the “wrong” reasons

  1. I loved my cloth diapers. I first bought Bumkins and when the twins graduated from the small I looked into used and handmade (not by me as I suck at making anything). I saved tons!! I used cloth until the girls were ready for potty training.

    I don’t know what to do other than recycling, to save or help the environment. I guess I am not crafty enough. I dunno.

    • Honestly, a big part of my concern is our money. I know the environment is important, but I am out for the better-ment of our wallets in the long run. Since I cloth-diaper, I figure it’s fairly easy to do unpaper towels and cloth napkins- they take less washing than cloth diapers, but I’m already in the practice of washing and folding nightly, so I don’t think it’s much extra effort.

      Thanks for stopping by :)

  2. I will definitely cloth diaper with my next baby. I have two friends that use the Bum Genius 1 size and love them.

    We use all too many paper towels and napkins in our house. We have one set of cloth napkins but I do want to sew some more so we could eliminate the need for so many paper products. I also do laundry often enough it is no big deal to throw 5 napkins in with the wash.

    • I love the cloth diapers :)

      I think that the cloth napkins would be easy if you do laundry often, which I do- so I think that would be a great investment for us.

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