I heard about this the other day from listening to news archives from 2008. I always thought that using cloth diapers was better for the environment than using disposable diapers. A UK government report found that the opposite was true, so they buried the findings of the report because they were embarrassing.
The study found that using cloth "nappies" had a higher carbon footprint unless parents went to extreme measures to launder them. Such extreme measures include drying the diapers on a clothes line all year long (this includes the winter), keeping the diapers for years to use on at least three children, and not washing them at a temperature higher than 60 C (140 F).
Check out the article on the report HERE.
My main question is this: how come I haven't heard about this until now? This study was done two years ago. I guess there are other factors to consider besides the environmental impact when decided between cloth and disposable diapers. We have never used reusable diapers on our baby. I think I would be interested in knowing what the cost difference would be. I really like the convenience of disposable diapers. That would be something I would miss if we switched to cloth.
Anyone have a strong opinion for cloth or disposable diapers?