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Old 03-05-2011, 10:31 AM   #1
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Well I may be crazy....but I believe cloth users should get a tax rebate (cost of cloth diapers) for saving our environment? Similar to solar panels or other energy saving tax credits.

40 years ago almost all of America used cloth diapers. Half of our landfills today and filled with disposable diapers. Americans pick up dog and cat poo all the time but seem grossed out by baby poo? What is wrong with this picture?

I believe we need an extra tax on disposable diapers too - to encourage more families to use cloth. Like a bottle deposit tax but on disposables. It will help to offset some of the country's economic and green problems.

I also believe wic mothers should be given a stash of econobums or similar cloth diapers and maybe a laundry mat card similar to food stamp cards. Having a baby is hard work and diapering is just a job that comes along with being a parent.

Am I crazy? I honestly think having a baby (like having a dog) requires hard work and yes cloth is harder but it is very doable. Cloth products are 100% better than 40 years ago and rich disposable companies (pampers, huggies) are brainwashing people into thinking cloth is so gross and old school. These companies get rich and our environment gets ruined.

We need to change the way Americanís think to save our environment. Convince me Iím right or wrong.

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We just did our taxes this morning and I asled DH if there was a deduction for using cloth diapers. He didn't think that was too funny
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I think this is great!
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The tax credit for using cloth I could get on board with but not the extra tax on disposables. Some families are in situations where they can't do cloth and the last thing they need is for their diapers to be even more impossibly expensive.
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The tax credit for using cloth I could get on board with but not the extra tax on disposables. Some families are in situations where they can't do cloth and the last thing they need is for their diapers to be even more impossibly expensive.
I agree with pp. Make cloth more accessable but do not punish those who cannot or even choose not to use it,

we cannot force it on people.
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I agree with the tax credit for using cloth. That would be awesome.
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I'd rather see a higher tax rate for the companies that manufacture disposables.
Of course, that'll never happen.
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I totally agree! But I wouldn't want any extra charge for disposibles. We use them at night because dd is extremely sensitive to wetness and throughout the day her rash gets worse and worse in cloth so for her relief, she wears a sposie at night.

I love your wic idea, diapers are expensive! Wic is pretty good at promoting breastfeeding and offer great pumps and in California they were offering moby wraps to nursing mothers. I think a box of econobum diapers would be awesome!

I think they should make cloth more wide known. Most people I run across didn't even know cloth was still made, let alone that it has improved greatly. I think some big cloth company like bumgenious or fuzzibunz needs to get into the big box store like walmart. They have some online, but they need to be in the store, on the shelf so people can see them! G-diapers came out and lots of people were intrigued by the idea. I think that cloth would have a better chance if it were more widely known about. Maybe a few tv commercials. I know it would cost the cloth companies a lot, but they would make it back with boosted sales.
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The tax credit for using cloth I could get on board with but not the extra tax on disposables. Some families are in situations where they can't do cloth and the last thing they need is for their diapers to be even more impossibly expensive.
I agree with this! No one should be forced to use a product they don't want to or in some cases people simply can't use cloth for whatever reason. I know with my dd I wanted to use cloth but no way could I afford it. Even with a tax credit. We were in a very bad financial situation. Also many daycares don't allow cloth diapers. They don't have the time or the desire to fool with them.

But for those of us that do choose cloth I think a tax credit would be awesome and it might be an incentive for other people to give them a try as well.
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