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8/28/08 10:54 A

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I had to replace our pillows a few weeks ago (dog ate them) and I opted for bamboo. That was the only option there was other then synthetic so I figured it was a better choice. I have to say, I LOVE them!!
I didn't even think about the chemicals it takes to make the fibers. duh. What a dumb moment.

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-JUNIE- Posts: 550
8/27/08 1:48 P

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Yes we have been on the look-out on ebay for second-hand ones. My partner really wants to use bum-genious, and I tilt towards prefolds and knitted wool-covers. But since you can have just one size for the whole diapering-period with the BG, I may just give into on what my partner want..

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8/27/08 12:28 A

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I would go with the most durable and easy to clean. The longer it lasts, the better off you are. Honestly, cotton is tried and true very sturdy-and not allergenic. Never heard of hemp as a diaper, but maybe others have tried.

Have you tried buying second hand diapers or fabric? That would surely be the most eco-friendly option.

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-JUNIE- Posts: 550
8/21/08 9:08 P

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Thanks for the input, it sure made me think twice about bamboo, and I will make sure to look into hemp more. (It can be a bit difficult to import hemp as our government seems to have a hard time to tell the fiber and the drug apart. Silly i know. Growing any kind of hemp is still illegal, a bit sad since it is one of the few fibers that could grow in our climate..)

Well, as no fabrics grows in Norway to my knowledge, either way it will come from afar.. If I had to use local materials I would have to make fur/leather/wool diapers :P

I have heard that bamboo, cotton and hemp all have good absorption-qualities, and that absorption is more dependent on how the fabric is woven than what fibers are used, but this could be wrong.

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8/21/08 6:50 P

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From what I know, it's better to consider how and where the production is. Because organic cotton is nice, but if it travels a lot before getting to you, then it's not worthy.

But the three of them are nice when organic, so consider the locally grown.

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8/21/08 6:45 P

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From what I have seen regarding the processes required to change bamboo into a cloth, I'm not so sure that it is sustainable. Bamboo flooring, wahoo! fabrics-- lots of nasty chemicals required...

as far as absorbancy, I hear really good things about hemp.

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8/21/08 6:44 P

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My understanding with bamboo is to be careful of the processin used to recover the fibers. Some can be very environmentally unfriendly.

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SARAHGMD Posts: 834
8/21/08 6:09 P

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I can't speak to which is most eco-friendly although I know bamboo grows like a weed, and so there's probably plenty of it.

I'd make sure I knew which was most absorbent as well.

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-JUNIE- Posts: 550
8/21/08 5:45 P

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I was just wondering if anyone knows what fabric is REALLY the most earth-friendly (I am going to order some to sew diapers). One day one reads that bamboo is better, the next it is cotton.. Or is maybe hemp is superior to both? I am ordering ecologic fabric of course :)

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