April 8, 2013

Adult Diapers Total 7 Percent of U.S. Landfill Waste – What You Can Do to Help

Filed under: Uncategorized — seniorlivingguide @ 10:59 am

With Earth Day and Arbor Day right around the corner, it’s time to start evaluating ways we can help the environment. From turning off the lights when you leave a room to turning off the water when you’re brushing your teeth, there’s always little things each of us can do to make a difference. Beyond this though, many people feel like it’s hard to make a real difference.  For those living with urinary incontinence, more than 30 million Americans, or those of us caring or shopping for someone dealing with incontinence, there are steps you can take to be more eco-friendly.

Did you know 2 percent of American landfills are children’s disposable diapers? If not you’ll be shocked to learn that more than three times that is adult diapers. That’s right – 7 percent of all landfills or 17.5 million tons of garbage are adult diapers, making it the third largest consumer item in U.S. landfills.

With 30 million adult Americans living with urinary incontinence and landfills overflowing (one so large it can literally be seen from space), something needs to change!

Whether light, moderate or heavy incontinence, many people deal with these issues through disposable adult diapers. Although sometimes labeled biodegradable, that can be a cryptic word without a clear meaning. According to the California Integrated Waste Management Board, not even biodegradable diapers break down in a landfill. It can take up to 500 years for a disposable diaper to decompose. Not only that, but Natural-Environment.com found that more than 82,000 tons of plastic and 250,000 trees are used to make disposable diapers each year.

Enter Wearever. Wearever offers an alternative that results in ZERO waste in a year compared to thousands of disposable diapers. It’s a line of men’s and women’s underwear that are washable and reusable, and feature an innovative absorbent pad. They work just as well if not better than diapers for those living with urinary incontinence, but with the added benefits of better comfort (since they are made from cotton or similar fabrics rather than plastic), no embarrassment (since no one would know you are wearing them) and better for the environment. Even better, they save the average wearer about $500 a year over the cost of disposables. Weareverlogo

The average wearer sends approximately 1,100 to 1,500 diapers a year to landfills. Multiplied by millions of wearers, that means billions of adult diapers each year. It can’t be disputed that they are bad for the environment.

Senior citizens and caregivers across America should be aware of the environmentally friendly options. Whenever possible, people should use washable, reusable options like Wearever that don’t contribute to daily waste. Next time you’re picking out incontinence products, keep this article in mind. Make sure you explore all options for dealing with incontinence.

About the author: 

Mandy Harrell is the brand manager for Wearever. Wearever offers comfortable, quality, affordable and stylish apparel solutions for everyday health and wellness concerns. The men’s and women’s underwear line of washable, reusable urinary incontinence panties and briefs is especially beneficial for active individuals who want to continue their normal lifestyle without worry or emotional stress resulting from urinary incontinence. To learn more, visit www.WeareverUS.com.

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