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EcoTrack 11: Local mom's diaper biz easy on environment

Reported by Tara Hastings email

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TOLEDO (WTOL) - Disposable diapers take hundreds of years to break down in a landfill, which has some new moms in our area making the switch from disposable to cloth.

And there's a local mom who's made the switch even easier -- with her own diaper business.

Sylvania mom Amanda Ballard was tired of throwing away money on disposable diapers for her son.

"I learned it's just as easy as disposable, just an extra load of laundry every few days," Ballard said.

Ballard created tlcdiapers.com, a one-stop shop to see and buy cloth diapers.

Today's cloth diapers come in many shapes and sizes; they're stylish and much easier to use than the old ones.

"These are... all in one. These go on just as a disposable would. It's all one piece, very absorbent with waterproof on the outside," Ballard said.

There are also one-size diapers that baby can wear from newborn to potty training.

Ballard's friend and customer Jill Langhals first started using cloth diapers on her son Jack because disposable diapers leaked. But now she realizes there's a much bigger reason for the switch.

"I started doing it full-time because of the environmental impact because I don't want to create a big mess for him when he's my age or older," Langhals said.

There's an upfront cost for cloth - about $200 to $300. But it's a small price to pay to save the environment.

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