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Ideal Bite's Alison Neumer Lara is back today, sharing some (sort of) eco-friendly diaper and potty chair options you might try while you wait for the greenest and loveliest option — your potty trained child!
Ta-da! (i wish...)
It's Potty Time...or Maybe Not
Recently, I bought my 15-month-old daughter Roxane a potty chair with the idea (okay, desperate hope) that she might take an interest in it. Alas, no. She turned it over, picked it up, and dropped it a few times (it does make a satisfying smacking sound on the floor), and now considers it a place to stash away stuffed animals.
Roxane, like most kids, probably won't manage potty training until she turns 3 years old. (In fact, there's a saying that all kids will be trained by age 3...even those that start earlier.) Meanwhile, of course, the diapers and training pants pile up — up to 6,700 by the time baby's trained — sucking up resources and filling landfills.
Cloth reusables are a decent option, but they can require incredible amounts of water and electricity to keep clean. A 2008 report in England showed that disposable diapers and cloth ones carry nearly the same carbon footprint — unless you launder reusables strictly in cold water and line dry.
I'm a fan of eco-disposables — biodegradable, cornstarch- and wood pulp-based diapers — but like regular disposables, most end up in tightly packed landfills where nothing can break down.
So the options? Few, I know — which is why early potty training is so attractive. The one I found is an eco-potty too (Becopotty) — it's made of corn starch, and when your kid's done with it, just dig a hole in the backyard and drop it in, where it will eventually biodegrade, or compost it. Until then, however, I guess her stuffed animals have a home.