Cloth vs. Disposable Diapers

Have a look at our comparison analysis for cloth and disposable diapers
and decide for yourself which is the better fit for you!

The Cost and Benefits of Cloth:


The great debate of “Cloth versus Disposable” has been going on for decades but it has really come into play in the last decade. With people becoming more educated, vigilant and sensitive about their carbon-footprint and it seems that cloth diapers are making a comeback!

There are 3 main benefits of cloth diapers: conservation of the environment, saving money and health benefits.


Environmental Benefits:

Cloth DiapersDisposable Diapers
Cloth diapers are made up of natural fibers that are good for the environment (i.e. bamboo / organic cotton / hemp and rayon)Disposable diapers are made up of pulp plastic and paper which is toxic to the environment
Your family doesn't have to put 1-2 bags of disposable diaper trash out on the curb for trash dayIn North America alone 1 billion trees are cut down every year to generate disposable diapers. Over 4 million diapers are discarded each day in Canada
Cloth diapers use eco-friendly detergent to wash with which is non-toxic for the sewer systems and landfillsVancouverites accumulate 18000 tonnes of diapers to the landfill each year; diapers comprise 2% of our city’s solid waste
Cloth diapers can be reused or re-sold or handed down to family/friends with new babiesPlastic packaging used in disposable diapers results in 3.5 Billion gallons of oil used to produce 18 million disposable diapers each year
Cloth diapers usually take 6 months to decay in landfills versus 500 years for a disposable diaper to decay in landfillsCanadian families throw away 1.7 billion disposable diapers every year which results in 30% of total non-biodegradable waste in our landfills
Cloth diapers allow parents to flush feces down the toilet (with the help of a Bamboo Liner) rather than simply tossing the dirty diaper into the garbage like disposable diaper users do.Disposable diapers contain harmful components such as heavy metals / dioxins / solvents and sludge


Deciding whether to use cloth diapers or disposables is an easy choice, but if you still want to see some more facts, we’ve done the research comparing the two in order to assist you further.

  • Disposable diaper users need to take secondary costs into consideration such as: wear and tear on vehicle when running to the local drug store to stock up, cost of gas, extra mileage, standing in line to purchase product, and the extra trips to the garbage.
  • Use of cloth diapers will save you a considerable amount of money. The savings are based upon using our OS cloth diapers ($20/each). The assumption is that laundry is done every second day and toilet trained is reached by 2.5 years of age. Cost of disposable diapers ranges from $0.30-$0.35 per diaper.
36 Pack Cloth Diaper Starter Kit$470$945 Age 0-6 Months (15 Diapers/day * $0.35/diaper)
Microfiber Inserts (2 x 10 Packs)$60$756 Age 6 months – 1 year (12 diapers/day * $0.35/diaper)
Cost of Laundry* (365 days)$218$1800 Age 1 year – 2.5 years (8 diapers/day * $0.30/day)
Wet Bags (start with 2)Free with Starter Kit$543Disposable Wipes (1 wipe/diaper change * $0.05/each – 4860 changes in the first year)
Biodegradable Liners (2 Rolls)Free with Starter Kit
Training Pants (start with 2)Free with Starter Kit
Total Cost$748$4044Total Cost

* Laundry is based on energy consumption, water, laundry products, depreciation on the washer and dryer used, and is averaged per load at $0.80 CDN.

Total Cost for Urban Baby Boutique products over 2.5 years: $748.00
Total Cost of Disposable Diapers over 2.5 years: $4,044.00

Total Savings: $3,296.00

The additional cost benefit of our OS cloth diapers is that your savings will increase if you re-use the diapers on subsequent children or if they are handed them down to family/friends.


Health Benefits:

Cloth DiapersDisposable Diapers
Less diaper rashIncrease in diaper rashes and skin irritation
No cause of health issueDirect link to asthma / respiratory problems / eye / nose and throat irritations
Quicker toilet training: 18 monthsLonger toilet training: 35 – 40 months
Made from natural material such as bambooMade with harsh chemicals such as: Sodium polyacrylate (a type of super absorbent gel) / Dioxin (a carcinogenic chemical) and Tributyl-tin (a toxic pollutant known to cause hormonal problems in humans and animals)