Posted: Apr 09, 2012 12:45 PM
With Earth Day coming up, I thought it would be a good idea to focus on an earth-friendly topic this week. We all need to be nice to Mother Earth, right?!? Isn't the saying, "if she ain't happy, no one will be happy" or something like that?

Not all of us are cloth-diapering mamas. Some of us use disposable diapers that are filling up our landfills (*raising hand high in the air*) and we each have our own reasons. I'm not judging because I'm one of them.

Recycle the packaging

babies will go through 4,700 diapers in their first two years of life

Did you know that it is estimated that babies will go through 4,700 diapers in their first two years of life? Yikes, that is a lot of diaper changing going on! That's over six diapers a day! So, where am I going with this? This isn't just a guilt-trip post about diapers that are clogging up the landfills, I promise!

While disposable diapers themselves cannot be recycled (yet!), diaper and wipe packaging can be. This is where we can make a difference.

The Huggies Brigade

If we are changing diapers six or more times a day, think of the amount of packaging we are going through that we could be recycling. The Huggies Brigade is a free recycling program that helps parents keep diaper packaging waste out of the local landfills, helps protect Mother Earth and benefits schools and charities.

For each piece of packaging sent in, the participant earns two points, which can be put toward specific charity gifts or converted to cash and paid to the charity or school of the collector’s choice.

Since the program's successful launch in 2009, it's been doing great things, but recently it has made one big change. While the shipment size used to be capped preventing those high volume diaper usage places like day cares from participating, Huggies and TerraCycle switched from USPS to UPS to allow parents, schools and day care centers to send in an unlimited amount of diaper packages from anywhere. This is great news because now parents and caretakers can collect more, send more and earn more.

I think this is a fabulous program for parents and caretakers not only to help earn money for charity, but also to help protect Mother Earth and keep her nice for future generations.

You know you want to participate, right?!? Of course, you do. Day care center employees, parents and caretakers can sign up and get more information at

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