It's been found that disposable nappies actually cause the same amount of damage to the environment as all the detergent and water used to wash required cloth nappies does. That has been known for a long time, which is unfortunate, it seems that no matter which choice you make nappies are just bad!
A carbon footprint is based on many things, Cindy - not just the amount of power you consume or the temperature you keep your thermostat at. It's about the amount of processed food you eat, the kind of car you drive, where you shop - all kinds of things. It's very interesting. I went to a website that tells you how many `planet earths' that would be required on a yearly basis to keep you in the fashion to which you are accustomed without
effecting the climate (if that makes sense!). Mine was four and a half. Four and a half planets! And I am very good at recycling and other forms of management. It's astonishing.
Many here would be interested to know that the average American cat
has a larger carbon footprint than the average person who lives in India. It's something to think about.
Here's a link if you want to work out your own `footprint'. It's Australian, but you get the idea. My car, air travel and electricity/gas consumption contributed over 5 tonnes of carbon emissions to the environment. In order to offset it, I could plant 21 trees. So I'm doing ok. I could be doing A LOT better.http://www.elementree.com.au/calculator.asp