Fire Jumper

Fire Jumper
Roger Wright

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


What made me switch from disposables? Not only are GDiapers totally adorable and super easy to use, the environmental and health benefits are legion! The final factor that made me kick the habit? This, 

"In boys, the scrotal sac is marvelously designed to maintain the testicles within a narrow temperature range. When an undescended testicle is left untreated (especially beyond a year), its higher temperature causes an increasing risk down the road of infertility and testicular cancer. HERE IS THE NEWS: disposable, plastic-lined diapers keep testicles hotter than core body temperature (as much as 1.8 degrees F' higher than testicles in cloth diapers!! The October 2000 issue of Archives or Disease in Childhood speculates that perhaps the significant rise in male infertility over the last 25 years, is due to the widespread use of diapers than keep kids too warm!"

-Alan Greene MD

According to the Journal of Pediatrics, 54% of one-month old babies using disposable diapers had rashes, 16% having severe rashes. A study done by a disposable diaper company (a BIG one) shows that the incidence of diaper rash increased form 7.1% to 61% with the increased use of throwaway disposable diapers!!!

Some additional concerns about disposable diapers have been about dyes, sodium polyacrylate (the super absorbent gel), and dioxin, which is a by-product of bleaching paper. Sodium polyacrylate has been linked in the past to toxic shock syndrome, allergic reactions and is very harmful and potentially lethal to pets. Some dyes and dioxin according to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) is known to cause damage to the central nervous system, kidneys, and liver. The (FDA) Food & Drug Administration has received reports that fragrances in disposables caused headaches, dizziness and rashes. Problems reported to the Consumer Protection Agency regarding disposables include, chemical burns, noxious chemical and insecticide odors, babies pulling disposables apart and putting pieces of plastic into their noses and mouth, choking on tab papers and linings, plastic melting onto the skin, and ink staining the skin. Plastic tabs can also tear skin if the diaper is not properly put on the baby.

Are they harder to use? 
What is the cost?

Gdiapers take about a week to get used to if you ever used regular diapers before. I started using them as soon as my second son was born. I had a starter kit just waiting for him to be born! At first I used the gdiapers only during the day because I was so used to the disposables I was able to use them with my eyes closed.... I soon switched over to full time use when my guilt started up, "take one more second and you will help the planet!" I can now do a gdiaper change with one hand, eyes closed, and a toddler screaming in my ear!! 

The cost is similar to the good disposable diapers and if you are interested CONTACT ME for some MONEY SAVING COUPONS!!! If you hurry, you can purchase gdiapers inserts at and save 25% as long as you visit before the end of the month, choose subscribe and save to get 15% off (you can cancel this at anytime with a click of your mouse in "my account" tab) and then use code: GRNBB4O9 to save an extra 10%

Still not convinced?

Eighty percent of the diaperings in this nation are done with disposables. That comes to 18 BILLION diapers a year. Each one has an outer layer of waterproof polypropylene and an inner layer of fluff made from wood pulp plus super-slurper sodium polyacrylate that can hold a hundred times its weight in water.

Those 18 billion diapers add up to 82,000 tons of plastic a year and 1.3 million tons of wood pulp -- 250,000 trees. After a few hours of active service these materials are trucked away, primarily to landfills, where they sit, neatly wrapped packages of excrement, entombed undegraded for several hundred years.

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