From time to time I like to shine a spotlight on local businesses related to the health of you, your family, community and planet.
This week’s spotlight is on Beach Bums Diapers. Beach Bums Cloth Diaper service began from one family’s passion about protecting the environment and wanting San Diego to have a natural, organic, environmentally friendly diaper choice.
This weekend in San Diego’s Great Cloth Diaper Change they are offering a great opportunity to try a week of their service free when you exchange an unopened pack of regular diapers. The collected diapers will be donated to City of Angles Orphanage in Tijuana.
Local Business Spotlight: Beach Bums Diapers
Guest post by Russella Kobusch
The thing about babies is that they poop, a lot. There is no way around it. No matter how hard you try to avoid those 2 am diaper changes they come at you full force. Everyone knows it. Have you ever been to a baby shower and not seen piles of diapers with bows on them? One baby will go through an average of 7000 diapers. Each year 8,400 babies are born at San Diego’s Mary birch hospital alone. That ‘s a whole lot of poop. Most of these diapers are loaded up with chemicals and thrown into landfills. That stinks- pun intended.
There are many harmful chemicals in a standard disposable, single use diapers. Here are a few and why you don’t want them anywhere near your rosy cheeked little bundle of joy.
Dioxin- Dioxin is a by product of the chlorine bleaching process. When it comes to diapers, this is what is primarily used to make them white. Dioxin has been labeled by the EPA as one of the most toxic chemicals in our environment today. It is a known carcinogen. It was the primary chemical used in agent orange. Exposure to Dioxin has been linked to, are you ready for this? Cancer, compromised immune systems, nervous system damage, Asthma, Birth defects, inability to maintain pregnancy, decreased fertility, reduced sperm count, Diabetes, learning disabilities, skin disorders, lowered testosterone levels, and increased risk of breast cancer. These Dioxins also released into our environment polluting the air and contaminating water supplies.
TBT/Tributyltin- This chemical alters genes that promote the growth of fat cells, causing obesity. It is extremely harmful to marine life. It does not degrade but remains in the environment, thus interrupting the entire food chain.
Sodium Polyacrylate/SAP- This is a known skin irritant and is a source of respiratory problems. When inhaled or ingested they cause damage to the eyes, skin, and lungs. These super absorbent polymers are used in almost all disposable diapers to absorb liquid and keep the diaper feeling dry. Have you ever seen those little gel crystals on a babies bum when you change them? That is the stuff we are talking about here. It is a chemical that was removed from tampons in 1980 due to toxic shock syndrome but continues to be present in diapers.
Disposable diapers also contain dyes, fragrances, plastics, petroleum, and adhesives . These diapers have a major impact on landfills. They take between 200 and 500 YEARS to break down. Again, that’s a lot of poop!That means every disposable diaper ever used is still present on our planet!
There are a few solutions to this dilemma. One is to go back to the basics. Cloth Diapering eliminates the use of landfills and, if laundered with environmentally sound methods, minimizes the negative environmental impact and completely eliminates chemicals from your little ones tush. For some people this idea is completely overwhelming and impractical to their lifestyle. That is how single use diapers got so popular in the first place. There are some disposable diapers out there that reduce the amount of chemicals being used, however they are still present. Many use chlorine to bleach the paper, dyes to make them ‘cute’, and super absorbent polymer.
Beach Bums Diaper service is serving San Diego families with 2 all natural diapering solutions. Our cloth diaper service uses the most eco- friendly methods for laundering, including line drying and ‘bleaching’ in the sun. We also are the only service that delivers a completely natural single use diaper! These diapers are compostable and broken down using vermiculture in about 90 DAYS! (that’s like a gazillion times less than other disposable diapers!!)
If you would like to learn more about these super diapers and how you can lessen your environmental impact and ensure less chemical exposure for your baby, please give us a call, at 760-315-3509 or visit our website. Don’t forget to Like us on Facebook for lots more information about diapering and parenting naturally!