Birth of the Best Environmentally Friendly Diapers
Recently many people are being more self conscious and aware of pollution and their carbon footprint. As a result, diaper companies has come up with their own answers to satisfy this popular need. However, to be real with you, there’s no real environmentally friendly diaper out there.
It’s not that green diapers aren’t biodegradable. The truth is, they are made well to be biodegradable under the right conditions. However, no matter how green a diaper is, it has to be in contact with air in order to break down and become a part of our soil again with the help of nearby bacteria breaking it down.
The most common way people dispose of their diapers is basically in almost airtight plastic bags. As an end result, even green diapers don’t break down properly in a hundred years.
If you think cloth diaper is any better then you are absolutely wrong. As I mentioned before in a different post that cloth diapers require lots of water and electricity to clean. That by itself is also a big hit to the environment. In fact, it’s almost worst than using disposable diapers.
Don’t take this the wrong way. Certain diapers are still using resources responsibly and being as chemical free as possible, but the only real way you can help the environment out is to help your kid potty train as early as realistically possible.
One thing is for sure. All the diapers mentioned here are free of these harmful chemicals:
Nevertheless, you are using your good heart to protect mother nature, and trying to find what’s best for your baby so read on.
Nature Baby Care
These are great diapers in the fact that they are environmentally friendly. They are biodegradable which means that they break down into renewable resources within a short period of time. This only applies if you dispose of it properly of course.
These diapers have gluten in them but they are corn based gluten which is not that same as wheat gluten which triggers celiac diseases or other types of hyper immune response.
If your kids has sensitive skin and develops rashes easily, then give this a try. It works almost perfectly on little ones with a irritable bums. When it comes to preventing rashes, you pretty much don’t need to go anywhere else.
These diapers are great fits, and they are extremely natural. They are also good with leaks.
These diapers are made of GMO free corn. The reason that is important is because genetically modified corn are designed to be resistant to herbicide which is a harmful chemical.If the corn is GMO then it’s most likely full of herbicide.They are made with recyclable resources and has no fragrance or chlorine. They prevent rashes most of the times. They don’t smell like chemicals.
They are made following FSC standards which means that they grow more trees than the trees they chop down which is good for the environment. They are also made with biodegradable plastics.
However, they do breakdown if they make contact with moisture like at a swimming pool or so. When I said breaking down, I’m not actually saying that it breaks down into fragments and pieces. It means that it starts flaking off little by little.
You might be wondering why there’s such poor quality control. However, if you think about it carefully, every environmentally friendly diaper does that. You want it to be able to break down in landfills so of course this is going to happen. This is one of it’s biodegradable abilities which allows it to break down easier in the landfills so that it becomes a part of our precious soil again.
These diapers are pretty soft on the inside, but the outside feels a bit like paper towel. They are also a bit inflexible. If not careful, sometimes your kids can actually damage it and open up a hole if they are too aggressive with it.
Sometimes you might even rip the diaper just from removing it from the plastic package. These diapers are quite delicate so you have to handle it with care. Another problem is that the gussets (thigh wrapping part) are not flexible enough to contain diarrhea poop so poop leaking down the legs might happen from time to time. However, this happens to most diapers especially when you are breastfeeding.
Another problem are the diaper tabs (the velcro sticky wrappers). They are sometimes missing or stuck causing you to destroy some of the diapers. However, even though the diapers have tabs that rip easily, if you have an issue, contacting them will fix that and they will give you a replacement.
One thing this diaper can work on is the diaper sizes. These diapers also run a bit small, so constantly check on your little one’s weight and prepare yourself a little ahead of time for diaper size transition.
Unlike Naty, these diapers are pretty soft inside and outside. They are also fragrance free and environmentally friendly. Instead of using corn, they use bamboo to make their diapers. This is why that they have absolutely no gluten in them.
They are actually very absorbent and thick compared to normal diapers. Believe it or not, their super absorbency actually posed as a problem for some people who bought their diapers.
Let me explain. Due to the fact that their diapers are so absorbent, the pee gets locked deep into the diaper, and the wetness indicator doesn’t indicate wetness. The absorbency actually goes a bit far and prevents the wetness indicator from making contact with it. Of course, that is a good thing, because your baby won’t develop a diaper rash that way. However, for parents of newborns, you will be totally thrown off schedule because you thought that you little one didn’t pee, but she actually did.
The one thing they can improve is that that they are a little too big for their size range. Even though their diapers can be a little loose for their stated weight range, they barely ever leak if ever.
Their newborn size diapers also don’t have umbilical cord cut for belly button. For veteran parents, simply fold down the front of the diaper for your newborn and you are good to go. Of course, that’s still slightly inconvenient.
Just like nature baby care diapers, they sometimes break down on the baby and you probably have to wipe the lint while you change diapers.
Some people complain that this is a problem but the truth is it is biodegradable so this is actually normal. If it can break down so readily overnight, it goes to show how good it can be broken down when composted properly.
However, just because it breaks down better, it doesn’t mean it leaks. It’s leak protection is still top notch despite breaking down easily. They have two problems. One is that they go out of stock on certain sizes fairly easily.
One thing you have to be aware of is that they follow their own size chart. I will show it here for your convenience. Their large sizes are often out of stock, so at that point you probably have to use a different brand of diapers.
S 6-16lbs (3-8Kg)
M 13-22lbs (6-10Kg)
L 20-31lbs (9-14Kg)
XL 26+lbs (12kg+)
What I have shown you above are the best among the environmentally friendly diapers. They are the most absorbent, and the most chemical free. In terms of durability and softness, Andy Pandy win hands down. However, in terms of stock availability, Nature’s baby care is better. Give them both a try by getting a small pack to see which one you like: