Pop Quiz: What's Filling Your Landfill?
Answer: C) disposable diapers
It may seem surprising that disposable diapers are such a major source of landfill waste given that only 5% of the population uses them, yet the fact of the matter is that disposable diapers are something of an intractable problem. Cloth diapers, for instance, use more energy and water than disposable diapers, while the "elimination communication" technique--where parents learn to identify when the child needs to go, can eliminate the need for diapers, but is not necessarily the most practical approach. The two best options seems to be compostable and flushable diapers, or disposable diapers from companies such as Seventh Generation that are at least chlorine free.