Benzene, ammonia, and ethylene glycol are among the worst offenders. They are often found in fabric finishes. You can detect these chemicals in fabric by their synthetic feel and strong smell. They are often found in fleece, polyester, and polyester blends [exactly what our diapers are made out of]. These compounds irritate the eyes, nose, and throat. They’ve also been linked to cancer, depression, and leukemia...Now, I can imagine you might be reading this and saying to yourself that if we ditch our new diapers, then we’re overreacting, and don’t think that that thought did not occur to me the moment that Linda read me that paragraph. I, too, felt the urge to throw up my hands and say, “Forget it!” We’re using cloth diapers, for God’s sake. Isn’t that one decision you should be able to make where you make it and you’re done? Where you can just say, “I’m doing a good thing for my baby and the planet,” and be done with it? Part of me wants – so very much - to say, “Fine, let’s just go back to disposables. Or else we just stick with these and whatever happens happens.” But then I think of all the people I know and love who’ve gotten cancer – healthy people who had no reason to get cancer, and that thought silences any other besides the one telling me to do whatever I can to minimize risks for Violet. They’re her diapers after all; they’re in constant contact with her skin 24 hours a day. So, while the Babyland diapers work great as diapers, their potential to poison is worrisome. I’m not completely sold on what was written in the organic baby book, but I won't feel completely comfortable snapping the new diapers on Violet until we can find more information on what went into them or we get new diapers.
And to those who still think we’re overreacting, I offer this in our defense:
the book also implied that if we cared at all about Violet, we’d get rid of everything plastic in our house – WOOD TOYS ONLY! We looked around at the menagerie of petroleum-based playthings scattered about our house and said, “Oh, well.”