Cloth or disposable? Which one is better? This debate has been going on since the 70s and 80s. And it continues today with each side saying the other is the superior product. But cloth diapers are making a comeback with new flushable liners.
Cloth diapers are what all mothers used until disposable diapers became mainstream. These diapers are not as convenient or easy to dispose. But, at one time, cloth was all a mother had to work with. Today, cloth diapers are not our mothers diapers. There are new, flushable liners that allow mothers to easy flush the waste down the toilet. Many now have velcro closure tabs; no more large safety pins!
Disposable diaper history starts in 1942 in Sweden with PauliStrǒm. The first disposables had an inner lining made up of many layers of tissue paper. They showed up in the marketplace during the 1960s after pulp mill replaced tissue paper. At that time they were fairly expensive. Todays disposable have an even more absorbent inner layer that they are more convenient than before. Even though these diapers have only been on the market for 40 years, we are going to feel the effects for thousands of years.
And those effects...