It's true. I don't love cloth diapers every day. I dabble in the planet-hating, landfill-loving practice of disposable diapering.
I'm not proud of my son's nighttime eco-disposable diaper. But after talking to other "green" mom's — into things like elimination communication (EC), and DIY finger paints and playdough — it appears I'm not alone.
Wait. Did I say "eco-disposable"?
Could it be? An eco-friendlier disposable diaper that's lightweight, made from renewable materials, contains no added dyes, fragrance or polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and never leaks?
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An eco-disposable diaper brand comparison chart
I've researched the eco-claims of a dozen brands sold online and at stores like Walmart, London Drugs and Whole Foods.
This is not permission to ditch cloth diapering. Disposables can actually foil your EC journey — to get your money's worth you may keep your baby in them too long and ignore the signs!
All disposables should go to the landfill, which is why they should be used sparingly, if ever. The exception is Delora Eco Diapers (made in Germany) — two-thirds biodegradable/compostable, or what they call "earth neutral" — which can be home composted after solid waste, tabs and elastic leg cuffs are removed. And B.C.-made Broody Chick claims to be from sustainable resources and fully compostable. I haven't tried either.
My chart doesn't endorse brands (listed alphabetically). And I haven't tested, ranked, rated or verified the eco-claims. Read product reviews in Ecoholic Body by Adria Vasil, Canadian Family, Keen for Green, Grist and Maman Loups' Den.
The chart should help you:
- Understand existing types of eco-claims
- Decide on a "greener" option
For example, if you're passionate about avoiding GMOs, you have three choices!
Three other share-worthy points:
- Seventh Generation adds brown pigment to their diapers (so don't always assume brown is better)!
- Most disposables (including conventional brands) are chlorine-free
- "Renewable sources" is tricky because brands vary when it comes to certifying content; for example, it's uncertain who certifies the wood pulp used in PC® G.R.E.E.N Diapers but the cellulose in the core of the Delora Eco Diaper is from certified renewable forestry (FSC)
Do you use feel better using eco-friendlier disposables?
Which brand do you prefer and why?
Lindsay Coulter, a fellow Queen of Green