EcoTrack 11: Cloth diapers save money and the environment

By Tara Hastings - bio | email

Posted by Lisa Strawbridge - email

(WTOL) - If you have a young child then you know how expensive disposable diapers can be. Some mothers are going back in time and using cloth diapers.

Erika Colombi is a busy mom with three kids. Two are in diapers. She's using a page from her mom's mothering book from 30 years ago -- cloth diapers. "We're on a very tight budget -- $40, $50, $60 a month per child. That's at least a week in groceries," she said.

By using cloth diapers, Erika is saving about $700 a year per child.

Trisha Graytrix owns Ten Tiny Piggies. It's a Tucson-based cloth diaper company. While other businesses are struggling, hers is booming. "Basically you can spend $2000 and throw it in the trash, or you can spend $300 and reuse them with your next child.

Trisha says more and more parents are tuning to this cost saving alternative which saves space in local dumps. Disposables do take a long time to decompose in landfills.

Gone are the days of using pins on cloth diapers. Trisha offers a variety of one size fits all Velcro and snap diapers. Throw-away liners make them easy to wash and use over and over again. "It's got Velcro. It goes on just like a disposable," she says.

With the money Erika's family is saving, they can send their oldest son to preschool, which is a benefit they consider priceless.

With the price of gas, the price of milk and everything else, this is really an easy no brainer to save a lot of money.

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In Toledo and northwest Ohio, you can get more information from Tender Loving Cloth Diapers. They will be exhibiting at the Toledo Baby Expo on May 17th and the Natural Family Fest on June 13th.

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