Even though this seems like a lot of water, washing diapers is relatively efficient when you compare it to how much water is required to produce products. Drink a cup of coffee today? Growing the coffee beans in that one cup of coffee required more water than a load of laundry (37 gallons).
Growing and processing the cotton used in a typical terry cloth diaper stash requires 3 times more water than will ever be used to launder the diapers. Keep in mind that not all cloth diapers are created equal. GroVia uses certified organic cotton that has a smaller water footprint than conventional cotton production. Cloth diapers may require water to produce, but with water-wise laundry techniques and the opportunity to reuse cloth on a second child, the footprint can be minimized.
By contrast, approximately 9 gallons of water are required to manufacture just one disposable diaper. Multiply that water footprint by the thousands of disposables required for just one child, and the answer is simple. The real water impact is in the production of one-time-use products, not in the laundry room.
Want a water-wise family home? Hereare 100 conservation tips. The easiest way to conserve water in the laundry room is by purchasing a front-loading washing machine. It will use 35% less water than a top-loader. Is bathing part of your nighttime routine? A standard 5 ft tub can hold 40 gallons, equivalent to one load in the washing machine.