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 SEATTLE, June 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The following statement was

issued today by Baby Diaper Service:
 "The Office of the State Attorney General has filed suit against Anderson Diaper Co. as a result of complaints about false advertising. Operating out of South Seattle, this company claims to collect single- use diapers for recycling, but evidence shows that these diapers, once collected, are improperly disposed of through our solid waste stream.
 "As professionals at a professional diaper service, we abhor the betrayal of trust which accompanies false advertising and other unethical business practices. Each day our environmental problems grow more serious. Despite the best efforts of governmental and private environmental organizations, our environment will continue to deteriorate unless we develop an informed citizenry making wise consumer choices. In this effort, we cannot tolerate the abuse of the good sense of consumers through false or misleading advertising, or other practices meant to fool consumers into making unwise choices. To us it doesn't matter if a business is a multinational corporation or a local small business. Businesses at all levels must tell the truth to consumers, in all cases, but especially when dealing with environmental issues. We find ourselves honestly saddened to think that any diaper service would involve itself in these reprehensible practices.
 "We would caution against the too-easy conclusion, however, that any local business is wholly to blame for the confusion over the environmental costs of these single-use products. Consumer confusion has been largely created by the major manufacturers of plastic one-use diapers, who have mounted an aggressive campaign to convince consumers that their single-use diapers are a wise choice for the environment. For years now, the makers of throw-away plastic diapers have saturated our print media and airwaves with ads making deceptive claims about the nature of single-use throw-away diapers.
 "1. We were told that single-use diapers will biodegrade. They won't.
 "2. We were told that these diapers are compostable. Yet this composting technology is available to less than 1 percent of our citizenry, and it produces a product so contaminated it's hardly fit for landfill cover. The nation's largest composter of municipal solid waste (in Oregon) recently shut down its operations because it couldn't produce a usable product.
 "3. We were told that these diapers are recyclable. Perhaps they are, but the technology is so outrageously expensive that this recycling solution is no solution at all. Presently it is technologically feasible to send a space ship to Mars, yet we would laugh at a travel agent who tried to sell us a ticket for the maiden voyage. The claims for recycling diapers are just as ludicrous. Though the process is technologically feasible, it makes no economic or environmental sense.
 "We want to stress that Baby Diaper Service has never made similar claims, nor engaged privately in the collection of single-use disposable diapers. On the contrary, we believe disposable diapers are a poor choice, both from the standpoint of the environment and infant health. We also accept the solid waste hierarchy, which mandates that we manage our critical solid waste problem first through reduced consumption, then through reuse and lastly through recycling.
 "In 1990, we did participate in a pilot study, funded and managed by the Seattle Solid Waste Utility, designed to determine the feasibility of recycling single-use disposable diapers. This study confirmed what we already suspected: it simply is not economically feasible to recycle single-use diapers. We would encourage every parent in the Puget Sound region to choose instead the natural alternative, reusable cloth diapers. Diaper service is readily available throughout most of this region (we alone serve five counties); prefolded cloth diapers with Velcro-fastening diaper covers are no more difficult to use than single-use disposable diapers; change for change, commercially laundered cloth diapers use less water than either single-use disposable or home-laundered diapers; and parents will know that they're dressing their children in real clothing, not throw-away plastic and paper impregnated with chemicals.
 "We welcome inquiries into our processes and visits to our facilities. We value our good standing in the community, and will work diligently to maintain it."
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 /CONTACT: J. Brian Smithson, Pauline Cornelius or Ken Baker of Baby Diaper Service, 206-634-0173/ CO: Baby Diaper Service ST: Washington IN: SU:

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