The envorinment may not be my primary reason, but it is at least part of my reason for cloth diapering. I want my kids to grow up in a world that is not bogged down in pesticides and garbage. Having reusable diapers helps to minimize both of those.
But cotton can be a picky and pesty crop. It requires a lot of water and often many pesticides, although you can find organic cotton products, they are harder to grow. I live near several cotton fields. The defoliant that is sprayed on them to aid in harvesting is some nasty stuff.
Don’t get me wrong, I love cotton. It is still far and away my favorite fabric.
Bamboo, however is an up-and-coming natural fiber with wonderful benefits that make it especially suited to diapers.
It is more absorbent, so diapers can be trimmer and still do a great job. It is healthful, the bamboo fibers are anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, and those properties last through many, many washes. And it is sustainable:
Bamboo takes in five times the volume of greenhouse gasses as an equivalent stand of timber trees and releases 35% more oxygen. It needs no replanting, pesticides or fertilizers, and its roots retain water in the watershed, sustaining riverbanks and reducing water pollution. – bamboofabricstore.com
Bamboo fabric is not quite as hardy as cotton, but once you feel how silky soft it is, I guarantee you will be hooked.