Doing My Part For the Environment

August 6, 2008 by Kailani  
Filed under buying guides, random thoughts


I was in Wal-Mart the other day purchasing cloth diapers. When I got to the check-out counter, the cashier made a comment about not knowing that people even used cloth diapers anymore.

She went on and on about how proud she is of me for thinking of the environment, how young people these days take the easy way out by using disposable diapers, how she used to wash her kids diapers by hand.

After that whole speech she made, I didn’t have the heart to tell her that I was buying those cloth diapers to make burp cloths. hee hee.

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Kailani is the owner and founder of An Island Life. You'll find her sharing her daily life as a mother to 3 wonderful daughters, working as a flight attendant, and living a blessed life in Hawaii.


45 Responses to “Doing My Part For the Environment”
  1. Tonya says:

    Ha – and my hubby doesn’t even know what I’m talking about when I inadvertently refer to a “burp cloth” as a “cloth diaper” instead of a burp cloth!!! He’s looking all over the place for it until I say “honey, the burp cloth!!!”

    Too funny!

  2. Jennifer says:

    lol I use them for burp cloths too but since the baby is growing they have now reverted to dusting cloths

  3. witchypoo says:

    Love this one!

  4. Jenni says:

    LOL! Just smile and nod…

  5. Nicole (SAHM Ramblings) says:

    LOL. You probably made her day!

  6. Michelle says:

    All of our cloth diapers were also burp cloths, and like Jennifer said above, they are now dusting cloths. They are surprisingly versatile!

  7. Amy @ The Q Family says:

    hehe.. You are so nice to not correcting her. :)

  8. Nachelle says:

    This was too funny. But, the whole time I was reading this, in the back of my mind I was thinking Kailani doesn’t use cloth diapers. Not that your couldn’t, but I was reverting back to your statements in your other blogs about which diapers you prefer.
    You did the right thing, not that your were trying to receive undue credit, but to uplift this lady’s day in believing the old times haven’t completely faded away.

  9. oh amanda says:

    hee, hee! I was just about to say, “You weren’t buying cloth diapers after all that Pampers stuff were you?!” :)

    Oh, and did she put them in a plastic bag or did you bring your cloth shopping bags?! LOL!

    ps–I emailed Amanda about the video. I hope to get it up soon!

  10. Kim @ What's That Smell? says:

    I so saw that coming!

    Better not to crush her faith in humanity!

  11. happyathome says:

    Hey, Walmart is going on the “green” side right now so it should be no surprise to them. That was too good not to share!

  12. Qtpies7 says:

    I love cloth! But the ones you buy at Walmart are NOT absorbant enough. You’d have to change diapers every time they went. I only go through maybe 5 diapers a day. It is great!
    Those dipes work great for burp cloths!

  13. Jen @ One Moms World says:

    LOL.. just smile so sweet hehe. :) . I get those stories alot from my aunts and grandmother.

  14. Muthering Heights says:

    LOL, I think that people just don’t use THOSE cloth diapers anymore, because they make better burp rags! :)

  15. chesca (exskindiver) says:

    hi kailani,
    i was going to say–i know its been a while, but a new born baby???
    hee hee hee

  16. Renee says:

    I used them as burp cloths too. I found some really pretty ones with pink flowers on them…they’re still down in DD’s toy box for her to use with her dolls now.
    I figured I was “saving the earth” with other choices I made…I could even things out for the disposable diapers. ;)

  17. Jill says:

    That’s what I use cloth diapers for too! But mine aren’t pretty like yours are :-)

  18. Holly Schwendiman says:

    Some things are better left unspoken. :)


  19. Lisa in CA says:

    They make the best dust rags too…so soft!

  20. Mozi Esme's Mommy says:

    I say take the love wherever you get it, even if it’s undeserved!

  21. Desert Songbird says:

    I got lots and lots of cloth diapers when I was pregnant. Someone told me that they make great burp cloths, and thank goodness they did! I used each and every one of those cloth diapers. What a godsend!

  22. Kelly says:

    that is too funny! i had a similar experience. i was in BRU and the lady behind me in line asked me how long i had been using cloth diapers. i said 6 months. she congratulated me and i went on my merry way. i didn’t lie. i had been using them for 6 months to wipe up drool, formula and to use as cleaning rags (not the same ones) around the house.

  23. Dee says:

    tee hee too funny!

  24. Tiffany says:

    I used them as burp cloths too!! :)

  25. Elizabeth says:

    How’s etsy going?
    I love my cloth dipes, and I really want to make some of my own… just need the time.

  26. Channah @ Get a Grip, Mom! says:

    LOL, I think that’s the whole reason they’re sold – is as burp cloths. When I went to register at Babies’R'Us, when I added on the burp cloth 12 pack on the little cheat sheet they gave me, it automatically added the cloth diapers!

  27. mert says:

    Snort! Yeah, you would have killed her joy-buzz. Better to let her keep thinking she found a saint in the grocery line, it made her whole day. ;)

  28. jennifer says:

    I use cloth diapers on my little one and love them, but as a previous poster stated the ones they sell at Walmart are only good for burp cloths!!!

  29. Ginny says:

    I used them for burp clothes as well, I totally forgot about that. That is too funny, when I started reading that she was going on & on I figured you weren’t using them for the intended reason. FunnY!

  30. ciara says:

    w my son, who is now 21, i used a combo of cloth & disposable diapers mainly to save money. but with my girls (11 & 9 now) i was just too lazy for the cloth LOL besides, who wants to wash the baby doo out of the cloth ones? yuck.

  31. AreWeThereYetMom says:

    Oh, I did try to use cloth diapers for the first two weeks with Marissa, and found out that they work much better as burp cloths! *wink*

  32. sagemom says:

    When I first started reading I was like “I didn’t know she uses cloth diapers!” I was ready to ask you all about it because I haven’t used cloth diapers yet, (and I don’t think I’m ready yet for when #2 arrives) and I wanted to get your opinion…

    Almost everyone I know, including myself, uses them as burp cloths too.

    Too funny!

  33. Stacy says:

    I dust with them. Nothing cleans a TV screen like an old diaper! lol

  34. Alyson, the 3 P's Mama says:

    That just cracks me up! Girl, how do you have time to do all of this stuff?? :)

  35. Sarah (Real Life) says:

    Funny! Lots of my friends use cloth diapers, or “CDs” as they call them. Have you seen the hi-tech ones they have these days? If I weren’t done with diapers forever, (or at least till I’m in a nursing home) I’d totally use them.

  36. mrsbear0309 says:

    Yes! I always used cloth diapers for burp rags, they were perfect. And technically you are helping the environment by mopping up spit-up with them. ;-)

  37. Angela says:

    LOL…never did the green thing here either except burp cloths either. My mom did though! Pins and all….yuck!

  38. diana/sunshine says:

    oh, that’s funny =)

    i was wondering why you would be buying cloth after your visit to the diaper factory and all.

  39. JHS says:

    OMG, that’s a riot.

    Here’s my attitude: Green, schmeen. My kids never wore a cloth diaper except on my shoulder to catch their spit-up. If people are so worried about the environment, there are a lot of other things to give up. Disposable diapers would never have been on the list in my house. Cloth? Oh, gross. And if I have grandchildren and they want me to babysit, they’d better drop off some disposables along with the kid.

  40. tracey says:

    Ok, now THAT is funny!!

  41. Pamela The Dust says:

    burp cloths are better than paper or wet wipes I guess if we’re talking environment.

    So… you didn’t need to be worried about your reasoning!!@!

  42. Mary @ Adventures in Mommyland says:

    Thats hilarious! If only she had known th real truth… hehe =)

  43. Lindsay says:

    We all can do something to help the environment. Small things add up…

  44. Dana says:

    I agree with your not saying anything. I have to say, I don’t know anyone who uses cloth diapers anymore either!!!

  45. UptakeInOH says:

    TTere is a large group of parents who really ARE using cloth diapers and loving it. Not only better for the environment, but better for Baby. And so much less expensive. Pam, you should actually do an entry on them–they make them super easy and super cute now. The nice thing is that when one family is done with them, they can either save them for their next baby or pass them along to someone else to use. Just a few links to make you think about them in a more modern way:

    I’d love to see an entry and a giveaway on cloth diapers here! I notice a lot of negative attitudes toward them here, which is a shame. Considering there have been recent studies that indicate disposable diapers are actually harmful to babies, in particular males, I’d like to know that people are truly educated on the topic before forming such stringent opinions on it.

    Just a suggestion. Sometimes learning about new things and thinking outside of the box can be healthy AND fun!

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