GOOD

When This Couple Realized The Immense Waste Created By Disposable Diapers, They Started A Brilliant Alternative

A year of putting a baby in disposable diapers requires 300 pounds of wood, 20 pounds of chlorine, and 50 pounds of oil products

It’s hard to argue that disposable diapers aren’t the most convenient and easy way to outfit a baby. However, the ease with which they’re procured and simply tossed away causes environmental hardships at both ends of their utility—the vast natural resources needed to create them and their resistance to biodegrading once they’re disposed of.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 20 billion diapers are discarded every year, taking as long as 500 years to break down. Creating them creates its own set of burdens, with one year of outfitting a child requiring 300 pounds of wood, 20 pounds of chlorine, and 50 pounds of petroleum stock to manufacture the supply.


Amid all the other chaos of raising a young child, the convenience of disposable diapers may, nonetheless, remain attractive. However, many parents have opted for cloth diapers or diaper services to offset the damage done by their disposable counterparts. In 1997, Jo and Guy Schanscheiff created Bambino Mio, a colorful cloth diaper line that they hoped would help new parents view cloth diapers as a real sustainable alternative, rather than some outdated throwback to earlier times.

Bambino Mio wasn’t just able to sell itself on the sustainable aspects of the switch, but also on the financial upside to forgoing expensive one-and-done diapers.

Speaking to A Plus, Guy said in an interview, “Sustainability is at the heart of cloth diapering and has always been important to us. We always ask parents if they would rather use 3,000 disposables per year or 15 cloth diapers? The difference between the two is immediately identifiable and a starting point for a lot of our conversations.”

Those numbers are hard to argue with, but Bambino Mio sought to do more than just offer practical advantages to parents and babies—they also wanted to serve as a creative alternative to the blank, austere diapers that lined the shelves of grocery and drug stores. You can see a breakdown of their current collections in this convenient chart.

Bambino Mio

The fact that the company has continued to grow for 20 years, amid a turbulent and uncertain retail climate, speaks to the demand for their product, but the biggest market—the United States.—has yet to be cracked. But nascent partnerships with U.S. retail juggernauts like Wal-Mart, Amazon, and Babies “R” Us suggest the concept that has done so well in Europe is poised for success in America as well.

Health
Ottawa Humane Society / Flickr

The Trump Administration won't be remembered for being kind to animals.

In 2018, it launched a new effort to reinstate cruel hunting practices in Alaska that had been outlawed under Obama. Hunters will be able to shoot hibernating bear cubs, murder wolf and coyote cubs while in their dens, and use dogs to hunt black bears.

Efforts to end animal cruelty by the USDA have been curtailed as well. In 2016, under the Obama Administration, the USDA issued 4,944 animal welfare citations, in two years the numbers dropped to just 1,716.

Keep Reading Show less
Science
via I love butter / Flickr

We often dismiss our dreams as nonsensical dispatches from the mind while we're deep asleep. But recent research proves that our dreams can definitely affect our waking lives.

People often dream about their significant others and studies show it actually affects how we behave towads them the next day.

"A lot of people don't pay attention to their dreams and are unaware of the impact they have on their state of mind," said Dylan Selterman, psychology lecturer at the University of Maryland, says according to The Huffington Post. "Now we have evidence that there is this association."

Keep Reading Show less
Health
via Real Time with Bill Maher / YouTube and The Late Late Show with James Corden / YouTube

A controversial editorial on America's obesity epidemic and healthcare by comedian Bill Maher on his HBO show "Real Time" inspired a thoughtful, and funny, response by James Cordon. It also made for a great debate about healthcare that Americans are avoiding.

At the end of the September 6th episode of "Real Time, " Maher turned to the camera for his usual editorial and discussed how obesity is a huge part of the healthcare debate that no one is having.

"At Next Thursday's debate, one of the candidates has to say, 'The problem with our healthcare system is Americans eat shit and too much of it.' All the candidates will mention their health plans but no one will bring up the key factor: the citizens don't lift a finger to help," Maher said sternly.

Keep Reading Show less
Politics

There is no shortage of proposals from the, um, what's the word for it… huge, group of Democratic presidential candidates this year. But one may stand out from the pack as being not just bold but also necessary; during a CNN town hall about climate change Andrew Yang proposed a "green amendment" to the constitution.

Keep Reading Show less
test
Me Too Kit

The creator of the Me Too kit — an at home rape kit that has yet to hit the market — has come under fire as sexual assault advocates argue the kit is dangerous and misleading for women.

The kit is marketed as "the first ever at home kit for commercial use," according to the company's website. "Your experience. Your kit. Your story. Your life. Your choice. Every survivor has a story, every survivor has a voice." Customers will soon be able order one of the DIY kits in order to collect evidence "within the confines of the survivor's chosen place of safety" after an assault.

"With MeToo Kit, we are able to collect DNA samples and other tissues, which upon testing can provide the necessary time-sensitive evidence required in a court of law to identify a sexual predator's involvement with sexual assault," according to the website.

Keep Reading Show less
Health