Category: Sustainable Parents

Why Every Woman Needs a Bidet

 

When it comes to personal hygiene save money and the environment with a Toilet Sprayer.

There’s environmental, and personal health benefits from using water over toilet paper for personal hygiene. Every day the average American uses 60 sheets of toilet paper, and 800 million tons a year. Forests are being destroyed to keep up with this demand. One economical way to cut down would be the use of a bidet.

The bidet isn’t standard in American homes, but you can find them all over the world. The bidet was invented by a French furniture maker around the 1870’s mainly to improve the aristocratic lifestyle.

It’s environmentally friendly because it uses about an 8th of a gallon of water when in use. Though people mainly connect the use of trees when making toilet paper. They usually forget the water usage during the production process. It takes 37 gallons of water to produce a roll of toilet paper. Overall you end up saving money, the environment, and lowering household waste.

Some health benefits are, the water replaces the paper that can destroy the skin around the bottom due to heavy wiping and friction. This greatly improves your chances of not getting hemorrhoids. Bidet’s also help with urinary tract infections in women since a popular cause is from wiping fecal matter too close to the urethra.

Side note, This may not be fun in the winter if you cannot adjust the temperature.

Another use of a toilet sprayer is to clean off cloth diapers and toilet rags. Not everyone is ready to leave toilet paper behind, but aren’t comfortable with the paper use. They usually gravitate toward cloth rags. These rags get soiled just like the cloth diaper insert. One-way to prep them for washing machines is with a pressurized sprayer. This sprayer guarantees you don’t touch poop.

Side note, Newborn breastfed babies poop is water-soluble.

Lastly, one final use would be to rinse off or hose down your pet in colder months. Animals don’t like being cold just as much as humans. That being said, during cold months when you wash your pet inside, the pressure controlled sprayer is great for washing off soap and dirt.

What goes into making toilet paper:

Wood Pulp
Chemicals
Water

Question: Knowing this information now, would you still stick with toilet paper or, are you more likely to install a sprayer or toilet seat in your home? Please give your opinions below in comments.

Here’s a sprayer I highly recommend:

Purrfect Zone

You can easily control water pressure from a gentle rinse to a strong jet spray to clean up dirty messes easily and it makes cleaning cloth diapers a breeze. The kit includes both wall and toilet mount options and the sprayer can be mounted on either side of the toilet making it ideal for both right or left-handed people. The kit has all accessories you need to install yourself, including plumber’s tape.

All parts of the kit are designed and constructed to the highest standards with steel to prevent water leakage and ensure that the sprayer will last. The flexibility of the hose makes it possible for the user to get the sprayer at the perfect angle for them. The best part, the sprayer comes with lifetime warranty. PurrfectZone wants to make sure their customers are happy and satisfied.

Purchase $38.00

If environmental impact and household waste is your concern, I encourage getting this toilet sprayer and lowering your carbon footprint one smart purchase at a time. 

 

Reusable -vs- Disposable Nursing Pads

Nursing is such an intimate activity and healthy activity, but it’s more than just providing your baby with nourishment. It also involves cuddling and bonding with your baby. In my opinion, breastfeeding is equally as rewarding for the mom and baby, but others may disagree as it does come with sore nipples and leaking breast.

Nursing pads can help prevent embarrassing milk leaks from soaking through your clothes. They are available in both disposable or reusable options.

Which are the best option for you? Let’s talk about disposable nursing pads vs. reusable nursing pads.

Disposable nursing pads

Disposable nursing pads are made of a thin absorbent material that comes in different thicknesses similar to sanitary napkins. They usually come in a count of 50 to 216 when you pick up a box. They usually have sticky backs to adhere to your bra, which can impede breathability, they cause poor air circulation. When they get wet, it’s time for a new one.

Disposable nursing pads, contain absorbent chemicals that you put directly on your skin. Due to poor circulation allowance, they can lead to discomfort and trapped moisture. Breast infections thrive in moist environments because bacteria love warm and moist. If you’re leakier than normal, using disposable pads can not only become inconvenient but also expensive.

Reusable nursing pads

Reusable nursing pads are similar to disposable but healthier, and more breathable. Because they are made of natural fibers, cloth nursing pads provide better air circulation, which is necessary to aid in the sore nipple healing process. Rather than disposing of these, you simply wash and dry, even with your babies clothes. I recommend keeping them in a delicates sack, so you don’t loose them. 

Not only will you be saving the environment by reusing your pads, you will be saving your skin, and saving money. Washable nursing pads are much more economical. If you have more children in the future, you already have the nursing pads; they are designed to last.

Some women tend to wear both, as they do with baby diapers. Some prefer disposables, while out on the go, and reusables while in the house or close to home. Let’s face it if you’re a leaky mom, it can be embarrassing to be talking to friends while leaking through your shirt. Disposables can be more reliable in that sense. 

Millennials Are Bringing Back Cloth Diapers

When we say that cloth diapers are making a comeback, it might bring to mind images of soiled rags and safety pins. But these days, there’s a new breed of cloth diaper in town—non-toxic, organic, reusable—and Millennial parents are making these cloth diapers the new norm.

 

Now that Millennials are becoming parents, they’re putting their own stamp on what it means to be a parent, and it looks like cloth diapers are a part of the package. These new diapers are easy to clean, easy to use and even come in bright and colorful designs.

But what are the big factors that have made Millennial parents rally around this old-fashioned trend from a time gone by?

Environmental Concerns


It goes without saying that disposable diapers are perhaps the waste product of all waste products. The footprint made by their creation, with massive amounts of petroleum-based plastic and wood pulp along with deodorizing chemicals and superabsorbent polymers, would be bad enough for the environment. But on top of that, Americans throw away 18 billion disposable diapers each and every year. 

Estimates say that disposable diapers will sit in a landfill for 500 years before decomposing. While reusable cloth diapers require frequent laundering, there’s no question that their environmental impact is far less, particularly when bought from smaller companies that use organic cotton. Local, organic products have a huge appeal among Millennials, which helps to explain the cloth diaper craze.

Price and Convenience

But when it comes to why Millennials are reviving cloth diapers, there’s another huge factor at work: Not only are cloth diapers better for the environment, they cost a lot less money.
The average cost of disposable diapers for one child—for the length of time she is in diapers—is around $2,400 or more. And while individual cloth diapers can cost about $15-$25 dollars each, a pack of 30 is only about $750. Yes, there is more an upfront cost, but this means Millennial parents can save thousands of dollars—in addition to saving on diapers for future children, parents can always use the same diapers again for a second or third child.

Try these out :

Anmababy 4 Pack Adjustable Size Waterproof Washable Pocket Cloth Diapers with 4 Inserts and Wet Bag $18.99

Alva Baby 6pcs Pack Pocket Washable Adjustable Cloth Diaper with 2 Inserts Each $39.18

Baby Cloth Pocket Diapers 7 Pack, 7 Bamboo Inserts, 1 Wet Bag by Nora’s Nursery $59.00

– Healthier Option

Today’s cloth diapers are both easy to wash and easy to change, with hoop and snap closures and adjustable sizing. While it does mean doing more laundry each week, it seems that Millennials are finding cloth diapers to be a more convenient solution for the long haul of childrearing.

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The Natural Movement?
In many ways, this move toward cloth diapers is actually rather predictable, when we look at the overall picture of Millennial parents. After all, Millennial parents have re-popularized the profession of midwifery in the United States, with many mothers choosing to give birth either at home or in a birthing center, eschewing the hospital births of their parent’s generation.

Cloth diapering, midwifery, and home births are just one part of the “natural movement” that Millennials are driving, with their preferences for organic food, natural ingredients, and clean labels.

The Bottom Line

There’s no question that cloth diapers are becomingly increasingly popular among Millennial parents, with a variety of amusingly-named diaper production companies such as Spray Pal, Allen’s Naturally, and Smart Bottoms leading the way.

Of course, the growth of a popular new industry always spawns new industries, and for families that don’t have a laundry machine—or just don’t want to put dirty diapers in their laundry machine—they have the option of getting their diapers picked up, washed, and returned by a local diaper service, which uses biodegradable detergents.

With the diaper industry seeing such an unexpected change of direction, who knows what’s coming next?

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