Bump Watch: 'Disposable diapers are the third largest contributor to the landfill'

Bump Watch: 'Disposable diapers are the third largest contributor to the landfill' »Play Video
A typical baby can go through 3,640 diaper changes in a year. That makes disposable diapers one of the biggest preventable single-use items in landfills. Many parents opt for cloth diapers, which reduce waste - and can save money compared to buying disposables.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - A typical baby goes through 10 to 12 diapers a day.

That's more than 70 diapers a week, which adds up to 3,640 per year.

With disposable diapers, that means a lot of trash - and a lot of expense.

Some new parents opt for reusable cloth diapers, which have come a long way from just a piece of cloth and a few safety pins.

From fancy colors to cool patterns, the trend is growing.

And businesses like Ruby's Diaper Service can make the cleanup process a little easier.

"We deliver and pick up twice a week," said Rebecca Huerta with Ruby's Diaper Serivce. "So we supply our clients with a fresh supply of sanitized diapers, and we pick up their dirty ones and launder them."

Huerta tried to find a diaper service in Eugene when her daughter Ruby was born.

Unable to find one, she started her own business. The service charges about 10 cents per diaper and aims to make cloth diapering more managebale for moms and dads with busy schedules.

Reusable diapers help reduce garbage.
"Disposable diapers are the third largest contributor to the landfill for single use items," Huerta said.

And the can save money: Huerta estimated reusable diapers save parents about $1,500 per year compared to disposables.

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