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Published Oct. 12, 2005

Enough disposable diapers are thrown away in the U.S. to fill a barge every six hours.

A nurse in Novato, Calif., persuaded the local hospital to start using a diaper service.

That the hospital pays 10 cents per diaper for the service, a savings of 11 cents per diaper over disposable diapers.

Reprinted from the book The Next Step: 50 More Things You Can

Do to Save the Earth, The Earth Works Press, Berkeley, CA.