To begin with cloth diapers have many benefits, including:

Environmental: Cloth diapers reduce waste for families with children in diapers by more than 50%.
Financial: Cloth diapers allow families to save more than $2000 per child.
Health: Cloth diapers help parents reduce exposure of their babies’ skin and lungs to the chemicals in disposable diapers.

A subsidy would encourage more families to switch to using cloth diapers, reducing their environmental impact, save money and lessen the stress on our resources.

Since The Great Cloth Diaper Change Event (2011) put cloth diapers into the Guiness Book of Records the image of cloth diapers has changed all over the world. The interest in using using cloth diapers has been growing at a great rate in the Lower Mainland, Langley and the Tricities in the last few years. Many municipalities give subsidies for converting families to this way of life and B.C should be no different.

We should be leading the way and showing the rest of Canada that we care about our childrens environment and the legacy we are leaving behind. We need to support those families who choose to use cloth diapers by making them a more affordable choice at the beginning. With this subsidy and the knowledge base of local cloth diaper retailers we can surely change the enviromental impact in our local and global communities.

*Keep in mind a disposable diaper takes approx. 500 years to start to break down! just think about that for a moment and multiply that by how many diaper changes are done in day for a single child over a 2.5 yr period - that's a dramatic impact on our environment*

We, the undersigned, request a cloth diaper subsidy in order to make a significant positive impact on our environment. As we currently have compostable facilities in most of our communities we are well on our way to helping reduce our waste in many ways.

This subsidy would go hand in hand with this initiative to help reduce the amount of disposable diapers and wipes currently filling our landfills at an alarming rate. Compostable wipes, diapers, liners etc should also be included into the subsidy as we already have the facilities (in most municipalities) to compost these items.

We will support local companies wherever possible in order to further reduce our carbon footprint.

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The Cloth Diaper Subsidy in Vancouver/Langley/Tricities petition to T.B.A was written by Maggie Chilton and is in the category Environment at GoPetition.