Let's start simple
'Circular economy' - a phrase that is often thrown around, but what exactly is it?
A circular economy is a model of economic growth that aims to eliminate waste and promote the continual use of resources. There are many ways an individual or family can contribute to such an idea, and with little ones in tow, an obvious way to contribute to this model is by using reusable diapers. Reusable cloth diapers can significantly reduce the amount of waste produced in the household and reduce the resources consumed in comparison to disposable diapers. At Bayrli, this is something we are supporters of!
So much waste
Disposable diapers are a major contributor to waste and pollution, with an estimated 20 billion diapers discarded in the United States alone each year. These single-use diapers take hundreds of years to break down in landfills (over 500!) and while they're doing so they are also releasing harmful chemicals into the environment as they decompose. In addition, the production of disposable diapers consumes a significant amount of resources, including oil, wood pulp, and water.
Cloth diapers, on the other hand, are a more sustainable alternative that can help to support a circular economy. These diapers, including ours, are made of cloth or other washable materials and can be used multiple times before they need to be replaced. And by multiple times we mean thousands of times! They may require a larger upfront investment, but they will save money in the long run and reduce your environmental impact. Parents who use Bayrli diapers full-time tell us they often save thousands of dollars from birth through to potty training. You can find out with our Diaper Calculator just how much you can save.
Choosing reusable diapers can also reduce the demand for disposable diapers, which can help to conserve resources and reduce waste. The production of disposable diapers consumes a large amount of energy, water, and other resources, and the demand for these products drives the continuation of these resource-intensive manufacturing processes. By choosing reusable diapers, consumers like you can help to reduce this demand and contribute to a more sustainable system.
Long-term vs short-term
Another benefit of using reusable diapers - and an obvious one - is that they can be washed and reused not just with one, but many children! This reduces the need for water, energy, and detergent compared to the continuous production and disposal of disposable diapers. Reusable diapers also reduce the burden on waste management systems, as they do not need to be transported to landfills or incinerated.
In addition to the multitude of environmental benefits, using reusable diapers can also have positive social impacts. Many disposable diaper brands are produced in developing countries where workers may be exposed to hazardous chemicals and working conditions. Choosing reusable diapers can support companies like Bayrli that prioritize ethical and sustainable practices in their design, production, and shipping processes. We even decided to go a step further and choose recycled materials for our cloth diapers. We are the first company to use recycled fabrics for our reusable Bayrli Diaper Liners as well as the lining of our Bayrli Everyday V2 Pocket Diapers, something we're incredibly proud to offer.
In a world of such pressures and desires to do right for the future of our planet, if you so choose, using reusable diapers is a simple yet incredibly impactful way to contribute to a circular economy. By reducing waste, conserving resources, and supporting sustainable practices, reusable diapers can help to create a more sustainable future for all.