Even though I know there is a bit more work involved in using cloth diapers, I think it is worth it. With all that being said, I am the only mom I know that uses cloth diapers. I often wonder what could be done to increase awareness about cloth diapers and the great reasons for using them.
Two New Zealand groups have come with a great idea that is designed to create awareness and reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills.
Waitakere City Council and the West Auckland Health Services Foundation have each given $10,000 to a program that will provide all babies born at Waitakere Hospital with cloth diapers to wear during their stay. New moms will also be given 2 cloth diapers in their take home pack so that they continue the eco friendly practice at home.
This program, which is set to run for 3 months, could help reduce the amount of diapers that end up in landfill by 18,000.
The hospital will use new generation cloth diapers that come with velcro tabs, biodegradable inners and funky colours. They have liners that can be safely flushed down the toilet.
I would be interested to hear if the plan has a follow up program to see if any of these moms continued to use cloth.
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