When it comes to diapering my husband and I chose to use both disposable diapers and cloth diapers. Sometimes it’s nice to be able to pull out a disposable diaper. So here are the eco-friendly disposable diapers we use. Some work better than other and some are better for the environment than others.
Quick, note. We also use standard disposable diapers. It takes 500 years for a standard disposable diaper to decompose so we try not to use them often. Supplementing with cloth diapers helps off-set our waste production. However, the eco friendly ones can be expensive so when we have a limited budget and the cloth diapers are in the wash we sometime have to use standard disposables. And if you have to also, it’s ok! Even just using a cloth diaper a few times a day or once a day makes a difference. And just using one pack of eco-friendly disposables once or twice every couple of months makes a difference.
It was a little challenging finding diapers that can be composted or that were biodegradable. These diapers are great because they do not have a lot of harsh chemicals in them and they are made from cornstarch film so they are biodegradable. Now, my baby pees a lot! I mean sometimes she’ll pee through a standard disposable in an hour or so. With that said, I had leak issues with this diaper. They just didn’t last very long for my child. But that could just be because my child has a heavy pee flow. Also, they do retain a soiled diaper very well. These diapers are made in Sweden I believe. So, living in America, I ended up purchasing mine on Target.com instead of through the Naty website. They cost me about $12 for a pack of 26. They can be hard to find but sometimes you have the option to buy in bulk. You can also find them on Amazon for about the same price. Visit the Naty site for more information here.
2. Seventh Generation
The pulp the diaper is made from is FSC Certified. That means the diapers come from responsibly managed forests that provide environmental, social and economic benefits. You can find out more about the FSC here. They use ink that is free from lead and heavy metals. The plastic packaging is recyclable. Their about $17 for a 36 pack and can be found on Amazon and at most retailers that sell diapers. I didn’t have any problems with these diapers and loved them! You can find out more about Seventh Generation here.
3. The Honest Company
Ok, these are probably my favorite because they come in just cute design. I know, I know, the design shouldn’t matter. But they are so cute and trendy. And yes, I’m allowed to be basic sometimes and prefer one diaper over another because it’s cute. 🙂 But these diapers are seriously awesome! They are probably the best ones I’ve used so far. They aren’t used with chlorine or bleach. They have a plant-based inner and outer layer. And they are produced from sustainably managed forests. The honest company is a Green America certified Green Business. This means the company is recognized as a leader in environmental and social responsibility when it comes to their products. You can find out more about Green America here. They are about $14 a pack for 40 diapers (NB size), and you can buy a subscription to save money. You can find out more about Honest Company diapers here.
I hadn’t heard of these prior to giving birth but one day I ran out of diapers and my cloth ones were in the wash. So I scavenged the house and found a sample of these diapers in a Target welcoming kit. And let me tell you I love these and will buy more when the time comes. I didn’t have any leak issues and it really held the poo well. They are made from plan-based materials and there is no chlorine or latex. You can find our more about Babyganics here. You can buy a box of 90 (size 2) for about $25 online at Target.com. So they are pretty affordable.
Those are the three I have used but there are a ton of options out there.
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