Some people can’t deal with reusable diapers, and I can’t blame them. The reality of having to hand wash nappies is a scary process. But, you might still feel bad about the damage disposable baby diapers are doing to the environment.
I mean, it only takes 500 years for disposable diapers to decompose. And when they do eventually break down, we’re left with a bunch of toxins infecting our wildlife and food.
Are you starting to feel guilty?
Well, making the switch to biodegradable diapers might be the step in the right direction. But what’s so good about them? And what are they made from?
I set out to find out what the best biodegradable diapers on the market had to offer; to help you feel guilt-free the next time you use a diaper.
Read on, and I’ll give you everything you need to know about diapers and share some tips on how to buy your first pack.
Great let’s get started by answering the first most common question I hear:
- 1 Why Use Biodegradable Diapers?
- 2 What Are Biodegradable Diapers Made Off?
- 3 How Long Do Biodegradable Diapers Take To Decompose?
- 4 How Do You Properly Dispose Of Biodegradable Diapers?
- 5 What To Look For When Buying Biodegradable Diapers
- 6 What Are The Best Biodegradable Diapers?
- 7 Bambo Nature Diapers
- 8 Summary
Why Use Biodegradable Diapers?
Let’s start with, how much better it is for the environment.
The average baby uses up to 8,000 diapers throughout their lifetime before they’re potty trained, which means, disposable baby diapers account for a considerable percentage of US trash.
It’s estimated that 20 billion ends up in landfill sites, that’s roughly 3.5 million tons getting dumped every year. And the thing is regular diapers don’t decompose. In fact, quite the opposite, scientists think it would take well over 500 years before they would decompose.
Unless diapers are exposed to the right conditions it like likely they will ever decompose:
It should be enough to start swaying you towards biodegradable diapers. But, if it hasn’t, I’ve got a couple of other things that might.
Your regular diapers are full of chemicals, which can potentially harm your baby:
Even after the chemicals have done their damage with your baby’s skin, they go out to the environment and poison the land and leech into your food and water sources. Our food is being contaminated with plastic as it is, and by adding chemicals to the mix, it’s only getting worse.
The beauty with biodegradable diapers is, they’re made from sustainably sourced materials, although you should still dispose of them correctly, usually via commercial composting. If that’s not available to you, the trash will be excellent.
What Are Biodegradable Diapers Made Off?
Biodegradable diapers are usually made from plant-based materials, the problem is there are a lot of “biodegradable diapers” that aren’t 100% biodegradable.
So, what are biodegradable diapers usually made of?
It is by far the most eco-friendly and sustainable biodegradable nappy on the market today. Bamboo is considered to be a green crop for a few reasons.
For one, it grows so rapidly that it replenishes itself very quickly after the harvest. And secondly, a bamboo forest can absorb more carbon than other trees and plants.
Bamboo needs little to no assistance for it to grow. That means there’s no:
This is a common material in most disposable baby diapers, but recently companies have deiced to use nothing but wood pulp.
This means they get rid of chemicals such as:
On top of that, wood pulp uses a lot of water in the manufacturing process which, creates additional waste.
So yes, its better than plastic, but bamboo wins.
This is cheap, safe to use, and available in large quantities, farmers all over the world grow corn making it very sustainable.
The problem with corn starch was, there wasn’t a replacement for plastic until recently, but luckily that issue has been fixed.
Over time I’m sure we will see an increase in the number of materials used to make diapers eco-friendly.
It’s just a matter of time.
But for now, bamboo looks like the best option; in fact, they have fast become the new sustainable option for many plastic products, including straws and now diapers.
How Long Do Biodegradable Diapers Take To Decompose?
There seem to be a few grays around how long it takes for biodegradable diapers to decompose, mainly because they end up in landfill sites.
Because they’re usually chucked in the bin and sent to a landfill site. So you’ll find it can take up to 50 years before they decompose or if they decompose.
You might be thinking, what’s the point then?
Well, to start with, it’s a lot better than the 500 years most disposable diapers will be around fot.
Just think about that for a second.
It’s likely, the diapers you use on your child will still be around when your great, great, great, great-grandchild is alive. To be honest, I could probably chuck a couple more “greats” in there before they actually degraded.
So, 50 years is nothing in the scheme of things. But, what if we disposed of them correctly? Would it make a difference?
Yes, it makes a massive difference. Fifty years could go down to two or three months to fully decompose.
Sounds good, right?
How Do You Properly Dispose Of Biodegradable Diapers?
Composting is a great way of reducing the amount of trash that ends up in landfill sites, I mentioned earlier that the average baby uses around 7,000 diapers in their lifetime.
So, by composting, you can save landfills becoming overrun by diapers.
But here’s the problem:
You can only compost wet diapers, especially if you’re sending it to a commercial compost setting, they don’t like taking soiled diapers. If you have any soiled diapers, they should go in the trash as usual unless you were planing on home composting.
Composting your diapers is simple and takes little effort. If your home composting, wait until you have a couple of days worth.
Once you’ve saved your biodegradable diapers for a couple of days, you’ll need to remove any pieces that look like plastic.
Discard the PLastic parts in most eco-friendly way you can. Once this is done, you need to help break down the fibers of the diapers with a shovel. The diapers should degrade within a month or so, ready to feed your plants or whatever you use the compost for.
But, what about commercial composting?
At one point in time, commercial composting wasn’t a thing. But more recently, there has been an increase in cities taking part. But not all cities have there own composting units, to find out, then a quick google search will do the trick.
For a more earth-friendly alternative, start composting your diapers, but please make sure you remove any plastic beforehand.
What To Look For When Buying Biodegradable Diapers
For me, price is always important. I love a good deal, and I’m sure you do too. But just because you’ve found diapers at a reasonable price doesn’t mean they’re the best. Which is why you should compare the price with everything the diapers have to offer.
Material is essential! Especially if you’re going for your first set of eco-friendly diapers. Some diapers claim to be biodegradable but come with plastic attached. You need to find an honest company that promises to be 100% biodegradable.
Just because your baby is two years old, does not mean he will fit in two years old diapers. Make sure you check the manufacturers sizing charts before you purchase your bag of diapers. You’re guaranteed to have a bad experience if you don’t.
Your baby’s bum is important; no one wants to see there baby feeling sore or uncomfortable. The problem is diapers contain chemicals like chlorine, latex, and phthalates, all of which can harm your babies bottom. An eco-friendly nappy gets you away from chemicals.
Everyone has a style diapers they prefer more than the rest, so what’s the point in changing? There are so many degradable diapers available on the market today. You’ll have no problem finding the right style, whether it’s pull up for potty training or your standard tab nappies.
As parents, leaky diapers can be a nightmare, especially during the night. So, finding diapers that can live up to the leakproof name is highly important. But remember, just because a diaper isn’t leakproof it doesn’t mean it’s won’t hold up to a heavy flow.
We mentioned how important it is to be leakproof, but even more important than that is the ability to absorb whatever gets chucked at it. Without the absorbent layer having leakproof diapers means nothing. Absorbency is measured with a star rating out of 5.
How many come in the pack is a big factor for most, especially if you compare it against the price of the product. You might find one of the diaper brands offers a higher count of diapers for the same price. If the features match up, it might be a good idea for the larger count.
Your baby’s comfort is highly vital, and it makes the difference between having a peaceful night or a restless night. So, when I put it that way, I’m sure you can agree a comfortable diaper is the way forward. Find a company that excels in comfort.
Baby’s skin is very soft, and it becomes more delicate when it’s wet for long periods. Which is why choosing diapers that stay dryer for longer is a good choice. It helps with diaper rash and makes your baby feel far more comfortable. Make sure you find diapers that can pull moisture away.
What Are The Best Biodegradable Diapers?
What makes the best biodegradable diapers is different for each person, which is fine; everyone has there own idea of how a diaper should perform.
I set my self a mission to find the best diapers, to do so, I followed my guide on what to look for, and this is what I came up with:
Eco Boom Diapers
The biodegradable diaper boasts it’s chemical-free.
Which means no chlorine, phthalates, or anything else that might harm your baby.
The hypoallergenic and antibacterial qualities make it great for a baby that has sensitive skin.
Not only is it great for there skin, but the diapers are durable and absorbent.
To make it better, they use a natural aloe oil to protect and nourish your babies bum.
- Made from bamboo
- 84-108 diaper count
- Three sizes to choose from
I love these plant-based diapers. They seemed reliable and absorbent, which let’s face it; you couldn’t ask for much more. The diapers claim to be compostable, but after research, you need to remove the tabs. Considering it lowers environmental impact, I think it’s a small price to pay.
- No chemicals
- Very flexible
- Has a pee indicator
- Not great for heavy flows
Andy Pandy Biodegradable Diaper
Andy pandy’s diapers have a specially designed core that pulls away moisture from your baby’s bum to stop irritation.
The diapers are made from bamboo to bring ultra comfort to your baby.
The diapers are 100% toxin-free, order resistant, and comes with five different sizes available.
The best bit is Andy Pandy offers a lifetime no-leak guarantee.
Not a bad thing if you’re introducing yourself to the world of biodegradable diapers.
- Made from bamboo
- 50-94 diaper count
- Money-back guarantee
- Five sizes to choose from
I like Andy Pandy diapers; mums created an honest company for mums. They wanted to make diapers that helped with nappy rash but was good for the environment. The company also donate part of their profits to charity.
- No chemicals
- Very flexible
- Great value for money
- A bit wide for a newborn
Bambo Nature Diapers
The diapers are made from bamboo and ensure they are free of harmful chemicals and perfumes.
They recently earned certification from Danish asthma/allergy association for being dermatological tested.
Their innovative design diapers are thin, but they offer ultra absorbency and breathability.
Their cotton-like core wicks the moisture away to help prevent nappy rash.
- Made from bamboo
- Six sizes to choose from
- 28-360 diaper count
The core can hold an amazing load of urine, so it’s perfect for night time. I also liked how thin and lightweight they looked. And with no chlorine to be seen, they’ll be fantastic for your baby’s bottom. Finally, the amount you get for the price is pretty exceptional.
- Soft and absorbent
- Very flexible
- Sizing issues
Mum And You Nappychat Diapers
Their diapers are made for any skin type, no matter how sensitive the skin is.
This is because they use no harmful chemicals in production.
These diapers boast they can stay dry for up to 12 hours and remain soft, perfect for being used overnight.
That means no more soggy clothes in the morning; what more could you ask for?
The biodegradable core makes these diapers a lot better for the environment.
- Made from wood pulp
- Comes in five sizes
- 52-72 diaper count
I love how absorbent these diapers are; they seem to perform excellently, but I do have some concerns about the biodegradability of these diapers. From my research, I could only see the core was biodegradable, the only part of these diapers that could biodegrade.
- Very Soft
- Wetness indicator
- Very absorbent
- It might not be 100% biodegradable
Naty Biodegradable Diapers
They are certified by asthma and allergy associations, so their safe for your baby.
The diapers are toxin-free and designed to minimize the risk of allergies and nappy rash.
The company spent over 20 years perfecting its diapers to have a low environmental impact.
The diapers are available in sizes from newborn to size 6; plenty of options!
The quantities vary from a 72 count to 136 diapers per back, which should be more than enough to get you started.
- Made with cornstarch
- 72 to 136 diaper count
- Six sizes to choose from
It looks like chlorine-free diapers are the trend at the moment, if this is the case for you, then I’m sure you’ll have no problems with them. I also like the intuitive design of using cornstarch. It seems like a genuinely sustainable source other than bamboo.
- Hold up well
- Certified alleygen free
- Toxin free
- Sizing off
- Tabs can come off if pulled to hard
There you go five biodegradable diapers that will help you save the planet and your baby’s future. But remember, before making your decision, there are a few things you need to look out for:
You need to think about how you need your diapers to perform, are you looking for comfort (I’m sure you are) if so bamboo or wood pulp will be the option for you. But, if you’re looking for a sustainable option than you might choose to go for cornstarch or bamboo.
Equally as important is the sizes, by now you should have read my reviews, if you haven’t, don’t worry, I’ll explain now. Some of the diapers had sizing issues, which meant parents found the diaper was a little too big for there baby.
Make sure you check what other people are saying, it’s a great way to discover some first-hand experience.
I’d also check how absorbent the diapers are. If your baby has a particularly heavy flow, then it will defiantly benefit you; to avoid this double-check their star rating. During my research, I found bamboo and the pulp diapers to perform the best in keeping your baby dry and absorbing urine.
You might also check if the diapers you are about to purchase are leakproof. The Majority of diapers claim to be leakproof, but, unfortunately, some don’t cut the mustard or as the saying goes. Leaky diapers cause wet and smelly clothes, which I’m sure you don’t want!
Lastly, check for toxins; it’s one of the main reasons people opt to go biodegradable. Chlorine and phthalates can cause your baby discomfort. If your baby has sensitive skin, I’d highly recommend getting a set of diapers that do not use chlorine or other harmful chemicals.
That’s all I’ve got for you in this installment, but I’d love to hear what you think. If you have any questions or you think I’ve missed something out then comment below and I’ll get back to you!
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