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September 19, 2013 at 7:01 AM

Low-income families suffer from diaper shortage

Use cloth diapers

Nuts! For little more than the cost of a box of the disposable ones, a family could buy a dozen cloth diapers that would last through the child’s entire toilet training period. [“Lack of diapers creates problems for families,” News, Sept. 16.]

We raised seven happy, healthy kids in Seattle without ever using a disposable diaper. The diaper pail was like one of the family; it went everywhere with us — to friends’ houses for dinner, out to the ocean on vacation, wherever.

Now, 40 years after our youngest stopped needing them, we’re still using the last diapers as window-washing cloths.

Moreover, is there any other household item that has the horrendous impact on our solid waste landfills that millions of those disposable things do?

David Harris, Wenatchee

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