Within the past few years, a debate has arisen of disposable vs. cloth diapering. Proponents of cloth diapering say that it is better to the environment, is energy conserving, and healthier for the baby wearing the diapers. One of the main reasons disposable diapers have gone under review is the chemicals used to make them. The chemical in particular that I will be looking at is dioxin, a by-product of the bleaching process disposables undergo. According to CRC Handbook of CHEMISTRY and PHYSICS, dioxin is a known chemical carcinogen to humans and as well as causing cancer, can have a harmful effect on the immune system as well as the reproductive system if the exposure levels are high enough (2). I want to see the amount of this chemical that really does exist in the disposable diapers that people put on their babies.
1. "Chemical Carcinogens." CRC Handbook of CHEMISTRY and PHYSICS. Ed. W. M. Haynes and David R. Lide. Taylor and Francis Group, LLC, 2010. Web. 22 Sept. 2010.
2. Allsopp, Michelle. "Achieving Zero Dioxin." Greenpeace Communications. Greenpeace International, Sept. 1994. Web. 22 Sept. 2010