To show unity by cloth and strengthen the campaign for Earth Day, 99 mothers and families joined the Great Cloth Diaper Change hosted by the Modern Nanays of Mindanao (MNM) on April 22 in Cagayan de Oro City.
At exactly 11:00 a.m., participants worldwide simultaneously changed the nappies of their babies to cloth diapers signifying their support to save the earth from accumulating too much garbage from disposables.
This year’s theme, “Change Starts Here,” stresses the change that occurs when a local business gains one new customer particularly the local sellers of cloth diapers and other related products, when a parent make one new friend with a common interest on using earth-friendly products, and when the community sees a united by cloth families working create a cultural shift towards cloth diapering and all its benefits.
“Kung naa’y harm ang isa ka formula milk, naa pu’y harm ang isa kabuok disposable diaper (If one formula milk causes harm, one disposable diaper also has a harmful effect),” Meg Gabe of MNM said.
Gabe, who shared on traveling with infant and cloth diapers, said that a lot of mothers or primary caregivers do not use or exclusively patronize cloth diapers because they’re bulky, need a lot of effort, hassle and smelly.
“Kung smelly, iputos ra gud na ug wet bag. Smelly? Dili siya issue, labhan (If the cloth diapers are smelly, just use a wet bag. Smelly? This is not an issue; wash them),” Gabe stressed.
Furthermore, Jeanette Un, owner of Earth Baby, said that cloth diapers should be patronized since disposable diapers are dangerous, composed of harmful chemicals, have environment impacts and often cause diaper rash.
“Di ba mas maayo nga tela kaysa plastik ang suoton ni baby (Isn’t it better to let our baby wear products with cloth material than plastic, right)? If we can give them (babies) a better option, why not?” Un said.
She also challenged the families to do what they can to lessen the existence of the carbon culprit. “If we choose to change from disposable to cloth, let me tell you, the effect is big,” Un added.
Also, in using disposable diapers, each baby contributes about 2,000 pounds of garbage that decompose for 250-500 years.
As for the rash, Un stressed that disposable diapers are so absorbent and they designed to do that, and because they are made of plastic, air could not circulate well keeping the baby in high temperature. Hence, babies experience prolonged exposure to a hot, dirty environment and have a higher risk to get a diaper rash.
“Kung dedicated kay ta, kung love kay nato ang cloth diapers, kung gusto nato ipakita nga modern nanay ko, let’s be an example to everyone. I-promote ang cloth diapers (If we are very dedicated, if we really love cloth diapers, if you want to show that you are a modern mother, let’s be an example to everyone. Promote the use of cloth diapers),” Gabe said.
To further convince families to exclusively use cloth diapers, several talks and discussions were provided by the City Social Welfare and Development Office and solid waste management experts.(RTP/PIA10)