Posts Tagged ‘mother earth’

Happy Earth Day!

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Anyone doing anything special today for Earth Day? I do know many of us here¬†at Breastfeed.Babywear.ClothDiaper try to honor and respect planet Earth everyday in our daily choices and lifestyle…hooray for eco-friendly living!¬†However, I also like having a special day set aside as a reminder of how important caring for Mother Earth truly is! Plus it helps get the message out to the general public and those who might not be as aware of the role they have and the things they can do to protect our Earth.

Yesterday I took my¬†boys for a bike ride along the canal near our house with the intention of cleaning up garbage. The canal is one of my favorite places to run and sadly there is a great deal of garbage that collects there. The kids and I brought¬†a garbage bag with us which we were able to fill rather quickly while only cleaning a very short section of the trail. One full garbage bag was really all I could manage hauling in the bike trailer but we could have easily filled a ton more bags. I guess we’ll just have to make a regular¬†family activity¬†of it? I don’t think the kids will mind; they had a blast¬†playing in the canal while looking for garbage!

On our way. We rode about 3 miles to a lower section of the canal that collects a lot of trash due to its location.

Izzy’s sweet ride.

Sunshine + canal + bike ride = happy smiles!

Part of the canal…isn’t it pretty? Also this is actually a decent amount of water for this time of year in Phoenix. Some times it is bone dry!¬†¬†

Izzy was the trash master…he really liked this game of garbage hide and seek!

While resting in one of the few shady spots I made some new friends. I even met a fellow dreadhead. Check out the length on his! And I thought mine were heavy!

All ready for the 3 mile ride back home…these boys were hungry!

Izzy fell asleep and Abraham was dragging a bit, but we made it!

My lunch. Yum!

You would have thought I was eating a big bowl of ice cream in front of the kids the way they were stealing bites from my plate…despite the fact that they had just had spaghetti, hummus and crackers, applesauce, and strawberries with cashew nut cream. I guess they worked up an extra big appetite that morning on our bike ride!

Then we were off to the library to find some books about Mother Nature.

What are you doing to celebrate Earth Day? Would love to hear from readers! :)

Not sure what to do? Check out this site for some fun, kid-friendly, Earth Day inspiration!

And¬†you’ll definitely want to check out the awesome¬†Earth Day SALES at Mom’s Milk Boutique today.¬†Lots of eco-friendly products¬†to choose from…¬†plus all orders that are placed today (Monday, April 22, 2013) will be entered into a drawing to win ONE of TWO Sakura Bloom Pure Ring Slings!! (Mom’s Milk Boutique will select the color).




Beyond the Monetary Savings of Cloth Diapers

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

While many families are initially drawn to cloth diapers when they discover the economic benefits, the environmental impact is perhaps of even greater importance. Let’s crunch some numbers to¬†get an idea of how disposable diapers stack up.

If we estimate the average potty training age to be 2.5 years old and¬†an average¬†of 8¬†diaper changes in a 24 hour period, the total number of diapers used per child is roughly 7,300. Try to imagine how big a pile of 7,300 disposable diapers would be…a relatively large pile, right? The Real Diaper Association estimates that 27.4 billion disposable diapers are consumed every year in the U.S. 27.4 BILLION. Let that number sink in for a second. Now consider that it takes a single disposable diaper anywhere from 250 to 500¬†YEARS to decompose, and¬†we begin to¬†comprehend the magnitude of this¬†problem. Diapers that I wore as a baby are still here on this earth! Diapers that my¬†mom wore are still here on this earth and will continue to be for a long, long¬†time. So we are dumping waste upon years and years of waste…Mother Earth cannot sustain this load indefinitely! Something has got to give, right?

And that is only looking at the impact AFTER the disposable diaper is soiled and tossed in the trash. If we examine the resources used to make disposable diapers, it only gets worse. For example check out these statistics from the Real Diaper Association (2012):

  • Disposable diapers generate sixty times¬†more solid waste and use twenty times more raw materials, like crude oil and wood pulp.
  • The manufacture and use of disposable¬†diapers amounts to 2.3 times more water wasted than cloth.
  • Over 300 pounds of wood, 50 pounds of¬†petroleum feedstocks and 20 pounds of chlorine are used to produce¬†¬†¬†¬† disposable diapers for one baby EACH YEAR.

Yikes! And if that isn’t shocking enough check out the list of common chemical ingredients found in disposable diapers: Polyethylene film, polypropylene plastic, bleached paper pulp, petrolatum, stearyl alcohol, hot melts (glue), elastic, cellulose
tissue, perfume, super absorbent polymers (SAP), dioxin and tributyl-tin (TBT). Most of these are highly toxic ingredients, yet we put them directly on the delicate skin of a newborn baby?!? There are more risks than just the threat of a diaper rash from these ingredients. Some of the above ingredients have been correlated with serious hormonal issues (TBT) and linked to cancer (Dioxin)!

Thankfully we have a¬†viable, accessible, and readily available¬†solution to¬†this mess…cloth diapers!¬†Three cheers for all you awesome cloth diapering families. Hip, hip, HOORAY! Know that¬†you ARE changing the world, one cloth diaper at a time! So while you enjoy the monetary benefits of cloth diapers and revel in the cuteness factor, find comfort in that at a deeper level¬† you are preserving and protecting the earth. I don’t know about you, but a few extra loads of laundry a week seems more than manageable considering all that is at stake?

What comments have you gotten about using cloth diapers? Would love to hear your clever responses to those who think cloth diapers are gross or too much work?


Earth Day Celebrations!

Friday, April 20th, 2012

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. ~Native American Proverb

Sunday, April 22 is EARTH DAY! While many of us live an eco-friendly lifestyle year round, it’s great to have a day specifically set aside to celebrate our wonderful Mother Earth and remind us to treat her gently and lovingly.

What are the origins of Earth Day?

Earth Day was founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970 out of his growing concern for the environment. He thought a day in recognition of the Earth would help raise awareness for environment causes across the nation. It would unite people from all walks of life to come together to nurture and care for Mother Nature. 32 years later his vision is still alive and even growing in momentum as we become increasingly aware of our need to preserve the Earth for future generations.

What are some ways you can celebrate Earth Day?

Even if everyday is Earth Day in your home, it can be fun to be a part of a collective celebration to honor our environment! Be sure to check your local area for public events you can participate in throughout the weekend. For cloth diapering mamas one fun event this weekend happening all around the WORLD is the Great Cloth Diaper Change.

Here are some simple ideas of ways to include your little ones in celebrating Earth Day:

  • take a walk around your neighborhood or go to your local park to collect and dispose of any trash on the ground
  • plant a tree or a seed of any kind
  • read library books together about the earth or environment
  • have children help sort recyclables
  • spend time in nature…go for a hike or bike ride to¬†observe the¬†abundant beauty all around
  • go for a picnic and pack a¬†completely¬†zero waste lunch
  • replace something¬†disposable by investing in a re-usable environmentally friendly¬†option for your family. For example ditch the disposable water bottles and purchase a high quality re-usable water bottles. Or now is a great time to switch from disposable wipes to cloth wipes
  • when shopping be sure bring your own bags with you
  • walk or ride your bike to run any errands that are close to home
  • make dinner from organic, locally grown food
  • replace something in your home with a more energy efficient option…even something as small as a light bulb can make a difference.
  • install a¬†clothesline so you can hang dry your clothes and cloth diapers
  • walk around outdoors barefoot to feel your body connect directly with the Earth
  • before disposing of anything consider if it could be re-used, re-purposed, recycled, or donated
  • volunteer for a local organization or cause dedicated to spreading environmental awareness and sustainable living
  • go unplugged this weekend…ditch¬†the TV, computer,¬†and video games and enjoy the simple gifts from Mother Nature such as sunshine¬†and fresh air

When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. ~John Muir


Our weekend plans include a trip to the park on Friday where we will be cleaning up any garbage, attending the Great Cloth Diaper Change on Saturday, and going on a family hike/picnic on Sunday. How will your family celebrate Earth Day this weekend? :)