Celebrate Earth Day by joining the North American and International cloth diaper community to set the world record for the most cloth diapers changed simultaneously.
The Great Cloth Diaper Change – Guinness World Records Diaper Changing Challenge is on Saturday, April 23, 2011, 12pm – 2PM at the Om Baby Pregnancy & Parenting Center, 2201 Rear Market Street, Camp Hill, PA 17011. This event is followed by a Diaper Derby.
Here are a few facts about disposables that might surprise you:
1. From birth-to-potty training, each baby will wear about 6000 disposable diapers.
2. Disposable diapers take 250-500 years to decompose.
3. Once they are used, roughly 90 percent to 95 percent of the 18 billion feces-and urine-filled disposable diapers enter the household trash stream and ultimately end up in landfills, creating an immediate public health hazard. Leachate containing viruses from human feces (including live vaccines from routine childhood immunizations) can leak into the Earth and pollute underground water supplies. In addition to the potential of groundwater contamination, air-borne viruses carried by flies and other insects contribute to an unhealthy and unsanitary situation.
4. Disposable diapers expose babies to harmful toxins including dioxin, TBT and sodium polyacrilite and are linked to increases in skin sensitivities, respiratory illnesses and even declining fertility rates in males!