Carbon Clear has been offering a carbon and greenhouse emissions offset for disposable diapers for a while now, inspired by the birth of company founder Mark Chadwick's daughter.
Treehugger reports that Carbon Clear has just expanded to include cloth diaper offsets, too, covering the energy use and greenhouse emissions of 2.5 year's worth of a kid's diapers for "£6.84 (plus postage & packing) [ed.: what, do they ship the carbon to you?] while disposable use over the same period can be offset for £7.80."
So the difference is only a pound? Were the cloth folks complaining about disposable's landfill problem, but then also saying they'd get on board only if they could do 12.3 percent less for the environment? This makes no sense. Just cough up the quid and be thankful for the chance.
Meanwhile, I assumed that Carbon Clear was buying and retiring greenhouse emissions credits with our money, but instead, they're planting trees--seven of them for cloth [and by my math, eight for disposables] in India--instead. Now, I'm all for trees, AND India. But is this the most cost-effective conversion of money into environmental good? I have no idea. [Let me emphasize my ignorance on this matter again: I have NO idea.]
I DO know that Carbon-Clear IS the most effective method of converting amorphous notions of personal responsibility toward the environment into money, though. Bully to that.
Release: Carbon Clear makes babies’ nappies climate-friendly [carbon-clear.com via treehugger]
previously: Well, that's remarkably easy: carbon-offsetting disposable diapers
[update: two points to treehuggin' Kaz who elicits a response that flushable gDiapers are already eco-tastic, what with their hard-won Cradle-to-Cradle sustainability certification and all. That means any carbon offsetting you buy for gDiapers is like giving bonus trees to India, baby.]