Tuesday, April 05, 2016

#AtoZChallenge- D is for 'Diapers'

Poop.

I know. Its gross. Its smelly. But wouldn't we all have it come out than not at all? 

Having a baby is like making a commitment to getting- up, close and personal with poop. Not only will you deal with it first hand, you will take great interest in the technicalities. Colour, texture, quantity- everything tells you a story.
 
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Thank God for diapers! Or rather thank Marion Donovan! 

Apparently she was tired of washing soiled linen day in and day out that she sat down with her sewing machine and shower curtain and made a plastic underwear (called boater). And later she also developed the first waterproof disposable diaper. 

But don't you just hate it when such a fabulous invention  that makes life easy for us ironically destroys mother nature. Diaper waste happens to be the 3rd largest consumer item in landfills accounting for 30% of the world's waste. And its not biodegradable. It is so easy not to think about it, we just roll it up and stuff into the cute 'Diaper Genie' that magically eliminates smell and sight of this little waste. Out of sight, out of mind.

Of course there are options:
  • You could use cloth and wash it yourself. 
  • You could use cloth and get someone else to wash it for you. (I read that some countries have diaper service) Personally I think its a really humanitarian service)
  • You could design a bio-degradable one. (Will you please?)    
Ok now that you are feeling guilty about killing the environment, let me ask you this -Do you have any clue how many diapers your baby's cute little bum is going to be sitting on?

If 'mom' mathematicians are correct, your child will need more than 3000 diapers in the first year alone. And the Internet points out that on an average a diaper will cost you Rs. 10. And most often children are not potty trained for at least 3 years. Now you can do the math.

21 comments:

  1. A very informative post, Seena. Didn't think of negative side of using diapers. An eye-opening post :)

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    1. Thanks Ravish. Its such a convenient thing too! But yes babies mean a lot of them...

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  2. i did not know about it, thanks for sharing,let me try to spread consciousness about it.

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    1. Thanks for coming by Jyotirmoy. :)

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  3. Thanks to the Diaper lady or no thanks?! Being from an older generation, when these were new to India plus expensive too....we got by without them just fine.
    @KalaRavi16 from
    Relax-N-Rave

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    1. It is definitely possible with a little extra effort. Thanks for coming by Kala Ravi. :)

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  4. Ha ha..!! It was fun to read indeed! No babies no now, no math for now :P

    Cheers
    Geets

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    1. Ha Ha!! Good for you Geets! :)

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  5. Yup, one has to balance the environmental impact with the convenience. Trade off. Like most things. A thought provoking post.

    Nilanjana
    Madly-in-Verse

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    1. Thanks Nilanjana .:)

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  6. High time we come with a bio degradable one...Great post :)

    Cheers,
    Srivi - AToZChallenge
    The Piscean Me | Twitter

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  7. Interesting tidbit about Donovan. And high time someone did something about the environmental hazards of diapers. Great post, Sheena!

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    1. Hi Sudha! Yes I had to google that... :) But was really impressed with her determination to get a solution albeit not the perfect one.

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  8. Thankfully, when my son was a baby, diapers were just entering the Indian scene. We used cotton nappies 95% of the time (at one point of time, I had 50 of them!!) and used diapers only when we were going out. But have seen kids actually wearing diapers from morn to night. Yes, we can certainly do with bio-degradable diapers and economical too pls!

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    1. Whoa! Yes, I think we can feel less guilty. Even my kids used a lot of cloth. :)

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  9. I'm inventing a diaper that will cut the total of used diapers by 50 percent overnight. They are reverseable. Use them, then turn them inside out and use them again. Patent pending.

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    1. Ha ha.. that is hilarious and even grosser.. :)
      I wonder if you will get that patent!

      Thanks for coming by.. :)

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  10. I'd love to see biodegradable disposable nappies - when I see how many a baby goes through in a week + how many babies are being born, it's a scary thought about what it does to our planet! Leanne @ cresting the hill

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    1. A biodegradable one would be the perfect solution..
      Thanks for stopping by Leanne

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  11. Having Indian roots means whereever we live we abhor extensive diaper use and will be more than happy to do extra loads of laundry. The negative aspect of diapers goes with sanitary napkins too.

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