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Cloth Diapers: What do you do when your friends aren’t worried about disposable diaper waste?
January 14, 2011 3:26 pm | by

I received this question on my Facebook page this week. It was posted by Bethany Haid, a Cotton Babies customer and a bumGenius user. Bethany writes:


Jen, I have a friend that said, “So what? I don’t really care about all the waste.” How do you respond to people who are intolerant of cloth diapering or really indifferent about the negative impacts of paper diapers? Just wondering!

Bethany’s question is so good that I thought I’d answer it here on the blog rather than let it get lost in the bowels of Facebook.
You have a few choices.
1. You can tell your friend that she is wrong (and risk leaving her feeling disrespected and like a bad mom)
2. You can put signs in her front yard calling out her willingness to be wasteful.
3. You can be quiet and mind your own business (while continuing to use your cloth diapers)
Expecting all of your friends to start using cloth diapers because you did is one of the biggest mistakes you can make as a cloth diapering mom. People live varying lifestyles. Some lifestyles support the use of cloth diapers. Others just don’t. You’re reading a blog post written by a mama who has seen both sides of that fence.

About the Author

Jenn is the founder of Cotton Babies & creator of bumGenius, Flip, and Econobum, worldwide leading cloth diaper brands. She has four children (Andrew, Oscar, Elsie and Louis) and holds an MBA from Washington University. When she's not working full time, she enjoys teaching business leaders how to implement sustainable economic & social change.


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