I tuned in to listen to a panel moderated by Guy (you know him from @bambinomio and the Real Nappy Alliance). I went back to bed, and here’s a few thoughts I want to pass down to you to mull over as you create content, build your businesses, and develop collaboration.
⭐ I’ll be the first to say “it depends” when it comes to environmental conversation but this morning, maybe I’ve been using this as a way to shift my own responsibility to be a better consumer and patron of the Earth. We have choices that can be made, and are we making them?
⭐ The North American diaper laundering conversation is influenced by big names and inconsistent information. We’ve been chasing the facts but without the entire story or access to the right resources.
⭐ We all face the same struggle of overcoming the perception of cloth diapers. It’s grounded in myths and antiquities.
⭐ Cost is the biggest upfront barrier – financial assistance will play an important role in supporting families and that’s going to include looking at system social problems in our system
⭐ We can make disposable diapers better – but we’re still using a ton of energy to create a product that we just throw away. From a life cycle perspective, single use products don’t make sense. Why spend the energy to create a cotton/hemp throw away when you could just launder it
⭐ Compostable and biodegradable products could have a place but they also need a lot of infrastructure and money. We also need someone to want to use this product afterwards.
⭐ Ditching single use plastics is going to be a lot easier for areas with low levels of industrializations.
⭐ The Sharing Economy could be an important role in improving accessibility, affordability, and reducing the environmental impact of diapering around the world. Do we need to re-embrace the diaper service?