Eco-confession: I bought regular diapers!

First the good news: In the 2.5 years my daughter wore diapers, I bought just six packs of disposables. I thought that was pretty impressive, though I’m sure some of the cloth diaper aficionados around here managed to do even better. We used cloth for nighttime and nap time and even managed to use cloth on a few vacations. The disposables came in handy for a few trips that involved plane travel and lack of laundry facilities.

Photographic evidence

Now, the bad news: None, and I mean zero, of those six packs were Seventh Generation diapers or Nature babycare or gDiapers. No, we used . . . the generic brand we found at Fred Meyer. How could I commit such an eco-atrocity? Well, I’ve got to say that I just couldn’t stand the idea of paying so much more for chlorine-free diapers. (The only difference between regular and “greener” disposables is that the eco-disposables are made from chlorine-free tree pulp. Check out our post on the anatomy of a disposable if you want to know what else is in those plastic diapers.)

What Is Your Biggest Green Obstacle?

Most of us have something keeping us from reaching our green ideals. Maybe it’s psychological: You just don’t like the idea of worms eating up your food scraps or you just don’t believe vinegar can clean as well as bleach. Or maybe it’s financial: It’s difficult to shell out extra money for organic sheets when the regular ones cost half as much. Over the years I’ve jumped over several of my own green hurdles, but I still can’t bring myself to buy organic when it costs over twice as much as conventional. So I’ll buy the organic apples at $1.29 a pound–but no way will I buy $6.00/pound organic butter when I can get it for $2.00/pound on sale.