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Disposable Diapers v. Cloth Diapers

10 May, 2019

Disposable Diapers v. Cloth Diapers

The first thought that crosses your mind is probably something along the lines of “disgusting” and “too complicated.” These were my thoughts all along until I met fellow mothers who use these daily. As I researched and asked questions, I found answers and the benefits of cloth diapers.

For starters, washing cloth diapers isn’t as time consuming as it seems. What is another 2 minutes on your busy schedule anyways? Regardless, you will have to deal with the stink and stank of them anyways. If a diaper liner is soiled, you will need to use a diaper sprayer to remove it in the toilet. These simply attach to your toilet to give the diaper a good pre-cleaning. You will need to put these diapers into the washer with regular detergent on a cold cycle first and then a hot rinse for last.

There are many cloth diaper types, brands, and styles to choose from. When you use snap diapers, they tend to last longer instead of the velcro. In my opinion, the easiest cloth diaper to use are the pocket diapers. These are a newer style that are simple to use. The outer part is a waterproof fabric and the inner part is where you will need to insert your absorbent liner. A sweet side note: The covers for these liners are stylish and surprisingly adorable!

An important factor on using cloth diapers is the amount of money you save compared to using disposable diapers. The average amount of diaper changes for a child is approximately 7,500. If disposables are 25 cents each, this leaves you at $1,500. The price for cloth diapers are until they the age of two is anywhere from $400 to $1000.

An estimated 20 billion disposable diapers are dumped into landfills each year. Even when the labels state “eco-friendly”, this is false. Without sun and air, diapers do not biodegrade in landfills. Cloth diapers have the ability to be reused repeatedly and, in some cases, can be used if you plan on having another baby.

With a little elbow grease and extra chore, it is worth saving hundreds of dollars. Maybe enough for a family vacation?

 

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The National Sword

25 April, 2019

The National Sword

 

Recycling is a big deal when it comes to the Earth’s wellbeing, we need to ensure we are taking care of the only planet we have that inhabitable. However, a major inconvenience has come along that has changed not only the United States recycling system works, but the entire worlds.

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You see, everyone has been sending over our recyclables to China for quite some time now. They would recycle all these goods sent over and repurpose them. Back in 2018, China put a ban on a lot of recyclable materials, not only that but put a lot of restrictions and contamination regulations on their prior domestic recyclable market. If you are unaware of this market, it essentially bans taking recyclable materials from other countries. This ban is called the “National Sword.”

 

For over a quarter of a decade the entire world has been sending recycled materials to China to be recycled and repurposed. Around 70% of the world’s plastic alone went to China to be reused, which is equivalent to around 7 million tons of plastic waste being transported from other countries into China.

 

The “National Sword” band was enforced in January 2018 and was a total shock to the rest of the world. It’s causing major environmental problems for the all the countries involved. China went from taking over half of the worlds recycled waste, to dropping their import rate down 99%. They also dropped their import rate on paper, aluminum and glass, but they aren’t as harshly affected as plastics and other recyclable materials.

 

In April of 2019, China has added a list of a dozen more recyclable materials that they will no longer be accepting. This includes but is not limited to, steel and auto part waste. Globally, we will be placing even more plastic and waste into our landfills due to having no other options as of right now. Nobody has any type of major recycle stations set up and nobody can afford to ship it elsewhere. Since this new ban, it is estimated that over 100 million tons of plastic will have to be replaced globally within the next decade.

 

A few countries have decided to crack down on recycling. The United Kingdom is planning on taxing for plastic waste that will start in the year of 2022. Some larger corporations such as Iceland Foods, and some British supermarkets have pledged to eliminate the use of plastic packaging by the 2023. Many countries, including the United States, have not yet come to a complete resolution on what they’re doing next.

 

This entire ordeal is starting to make the world rethink on how we view our waste and what we are going to do in the future. Although many countries don’t know their next step, anywhere will be a good start. Maybe this is the wake-up call we all needed.

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What Happens to Waste? 

19 April, 2019

What Happens to Waste? 


It’s a Tuesday morning and your off to work, but you had to wake up an extra ten minutes early to make sure you get your trash out to the curb. It’s trash day. Whether we live in an area where we get it free or pay for it, we all use trash services. What do we really know about the waste management industry, what happens to it after we roll it off the curb? 
The cycle starts with us, right in our homes. Although I can’t say I’m pro-waste, I can say if it wasn’t for us, the trash industry wouldn’t exist. I think we have all drove by a landfill in our life and got a whiff of that smell, but what really goes on behind the scenes? If you’re like me, you might’ve thought about it one day on your way to work. Hopefully, this will satisfy your thirst for some random knowledge!

 
The first step is what we call the collection process. This is when the trash is picked up, whether it be a garbage company, recycler, or hauler. We make the mess, and they clean it! Sort of, sometimes. Not really. 

 
The next step is the transfer process where the trash is taken to a transfer station. This is where they accept trash, recycled items or any other materials. When it’s at the transfer station, the trash gets separated by item or material before getting packed up and shipped off to the landfill.  


 
A little-known fact is that a lot of garbage companies sort the trash in search of recyclable items such as paper, plastics, and metals. Once the items are labeled as recyclable, or reusable if you will, they will be delivered to a recycle station instead of the landfill. Some garbage companies even take items that are in good condition and take them to secondhand stores or donate the items. So, things like furniture, household items, and so forth. 

 
Lastly, when the trash reaches the landfill, it’s contained into the smallest space possible. This helps minimize the amount of space used within our landfills. While it’s mostly compacted and stored in strategic layers, sometimes it can be burned, it all just depends on location and landfill.

 
An interesting fact about landfills is that they use strategic layering that helps keep the waste from harming the environment. The very bottom layer is designed to separate the trash from encountering the Earth’s natural soils and groundwater. The next layer is where the landfill can dispose of waste. These layers are referred to as cells, and can range from as little as three acres, all the way to twenty! There’s even a layer designed specifically for controlling the water flow from rain and storms. It controls the flow by directing the water through a series of ditches and allows the water to be held in an area known as the sed pond. Who would’ve known? 

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