Deforestation contributes more to global warming than all cars and trucks on the world’s roads

November 12th, 2016 by Jamie Benson

Deforestation contributes more to global warming than the sum total of all cars and trucks on the world’s roads… and over 1 billion trees are cut down each year to produce disposable diapers. Nice.

Deforestation adds more carbon dioxide to the atmosphere than the sum total of all cars and trucks on the world’s roads. Cars and trucks account for about 14 percent of global carbon emissions, while most analysts attribute upwards of 15 percent to deforestation.

I don’t know about you, but the idea that over 1 billion trees are cut down each year to produce disposable diapers, which are not necessary with cloth as an option, is really bothersome to me. It is just not sustainable…

 

“Any realistic plan to reduce global warming pollution sufficiently—and in time—to avoid dangerous consequences must rely in part on preserving tropical forests,” reports Environmental Defense Fund.
source: scientificamerican.com
 
disposable diapers from one baby

Amount of disposables from one baby

During the last several decades, disposable diapers have become a widely accepted alternative to cloth reusable diapers. Can you believe that Canadians throw out 1.7 billion disposable diapers each year? Holy crap! It’s a huge industry. It has been estimated that 95% of parents in Canada buy only disposable diapers.

Disposable diapers use 20 times more raw materials, 2 times more water and 3 times more energy to make than cloth diapers. If every family made the decision to pass on disposables and try cloth diapers… either doing it themselves or using a service, it would make an important positive impact toward combating climate change.  Let’s do it!

One response to “Deforestation contributes more to global warming than all cars and trucks on the world’s roads”

  1. […] So you are leaning towards cloth diapering your baby. Excellent choice! Your baby will benefit from reduced incidence of diaper rash, will not be inhaling chemicals that disposable diapers emit and will toilet train earlier. Disposable diapers are also very expensive so there are cost savings by choosing cloth as well. Plus as much as 8,000 fewer disposable diapers will end up in a landfill and you will help reduce the devastating climate impact of deforestation. […]

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