At this year’s Toronto International Film Festival I am
looking for the Green messages
that are coming across the silver screen. My goal is to learn new things about
how to Green my life and about how to get involved in the solutions. I am glad to have found some movies
that inspire this.
I met with Min Sook Lee at her home to talk about her new
documentary “My Toxic Baby”. There
are a lot of important things she investigates in the film about problems with
food and toys and how we must be so careful with the products that we expose
our children to but perhaps most striking is her sharing of an old idea whose time has probably
Do parents actually need to use diapers? Seems like a strange question. Can
babies be taught to get their
caregivers attention and then just let them know when they need to go? Can babies just be taken to the
washroom and then held in a comfortable position over an ordinary toilet where
they can then proceed to do their business? The answer seems to be yes they can and Min Sook proves this
in her documentary. This technique
is called “Elimination Communication” or EC and is a practice that may be
catching on in the mainstream. The terms “elimination communication” or ”natural infant hygiene” were coined by
Ingrid Bauer and are used interchangeably in her book, Diaper Free!
With some investigation, Min Sook discovered that this
technique has been common around the world – most of the planet’s babies are in
fact not in diapers so the problem of disposal is not as universal as one might have thought.
I am struck by the possibility that a lot of diapers could
just be ”eliminated” from the waste stream if EC were adpoted by more parents.
Of course, Min Sook does not mean
that diapers should not be used at all – parents can’t be continually attached
to their babies – but certainly there could be less diapers used if this
practice were more widespread.