by Michael dEstries
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Score another win for cloth diapers!

Nicole Richie and fiancee Joel Madden were seen leaving Whole Foods yesterday packing what appear to be Seventh Generation Chlorine-Free Cloth Diapers. The actress recently gave birth to a baby girl named Harlow. Last year, the couple started a charitable organization called the Richie-Madden Children’s Foundation to benefit mothers in need.

via x17online

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  • gina

    Those are seventh-gen diapers, but not cloth. Theses seventh-gen diapers are thought to take 50 years to decompose unlike traditional diapers that take millions. (It’s what we use when were not at home and they work better than regular disposables).

  • Tanya

    Where’s the baby? I didn’t part from my baby for about a month after he was born.

  • michael

    Thanks Gina — I had a little difficulty nailing it based on the packaging.

  • Sar

    7th Generation diapers are also chlorine-free diapers. Of course there’s the debate about overall impact of sposies vs. laundering cloth. I wish more celebrities did the latter, publicly at least.

  • pamela

    Good going on the diapers…. I’m on the fence about cloth/water consumption vs. disposable/landfill.

    How about resuable bags?? Thank goodness Whole Foods is banning the plastic bags soon.

  • Susan

    How many plastic bags does it take to bring home the “green” diapers?

  • Julie

    To Susan: The same amount it takes to bring home regular disposable diapers. So which do you prefer?

  • Jennifer

    I have read a lot about the water consumption issue. There is a great article in Mothering Magazine that says it uses twice the water and three times the energy to manufacture and use disposable diapers. It also goes on to give dozens of other reasons why cloth is much better for the environment. If you do a little research, you will find a lot of info like this out there. Basically, it takes about as much water to wash cloth as the amount of flushes it would take if the baby was potty trained. Plus, cotton can be organically and safely grown, where the disposables produce toxins when they are made, and they have chemicals which are on your baby’s body all the time. These chemicals are suspected of causing all sorts of health problems…I could go on and on!

  • Jennifer B.

    Seventh Generation Diapers take just as long to decompose in a landfill as any other diaper (200-500 years). Their singular environmental benefit is that they are not chlorine (dioxin producing) bleached, which is means that the production is less polluting than the production of regular disposables. But otherwise, they’re pretty much the same. They contain the SAP (super absorbant polymer) that has been linked to several health problems, just like Huggies or Pampers.

  • Laurie

    Julie, last time I checked, being less bad was still bad.

    Susan, good call.

  • Amber

    I laughed. These are not cloth diapers. Oh bother. They are better for babies bum maybe (being that they are not made with harsh chemicals) but not better for the earth. And you definitely can NOT wash them. LOL