Just came across this tidbit in the latest issue of Wired magazine.
In an article called "Good, Green Livin'" highlighting that even if Gore's Inconvenient Truth has you reviewing all your choices to make more environmentally-friendly ones, its not as easy as you might think.
On the issue of cloth diapers vs disposable diapers
Citing Rachel Olive, University of Queensland, Australia
Annual water consumption (gallons):
Annual solid & water waste (pounds)
- disposable: 761
- cloth (home wash): 6,946
- cloth (service wash): 17,908
- disposable: 1,308
- cloth (home wash): 699
- cloth (service wash): 686
Verdict: Cloth, if you can wash at home. Despite landfill issues, parents in drought-prone areas should consider disposable