Before my daughter was born, I looked into different diaper options. I started at the top of the eco-friendly choices and considered cloth diapers. I live in an apartment, though, with a washer and dryer four flights down so washing them would have really been time consuming and back breaking. I also didn’t think my neighbors would appreciate using the machines after I did. I could have used a diaper service but that wasn’t something I wanted to do.
I checked out gdiapers, but I didn’t feel they were an option for me. Again, living in an apartment building, I just didn’t trust the plumbing – would I cause a flood if the diaper didn’t break up enough in the toilet? I understand that flushing them is not the only option – you can just throw out the inserts but they’re also more expensive than other eco-friendly disposables so I passed on them.
I ended up using Seventh Generation‘s disposable diapers. I have been very pleased with them so far in that they’re chlorine-free and contain no latex, fragrance, or TBT (tributyl tin), they fit well and there haven’t been any problems with leaks. The big problem I have with them, though, is that I had always thought they were biodegradable they actually aren’t. I also wanted to find a diaper without gel inside.
So, it was back to the drawing board to find something “greener”. That’s when I came across Nature Babycare diapers that I was able to purchase through Diapers.com (I’ve heard that some Target stores have them as well).
- Award Winning Premium Performance eco-friendly disposable diaper
- Awarded the Eco Label “Good Environmental Choice” of Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC)
- NO oil-based plastics against baby’s skin
- Kinder and more gentle to your baby and the environment
- Breathable and chlorine-free with natural based material, for natural protection
- Ultra-thin construction gives a non-bulky fit, enabling your baby to move around freely
- Consumer packaging is based on 100% natural renewable material. No oil-based plastics!
- Winner of the 06-07 Silver Award for “Best Disposable Diaper,” featured in Mother & Baby Magazine, a leading UK baby magazine
Features and Benefits of Nature babycare:
-Chlorine-free absorbent materials – does not contribute to dioxin pollution
-100 % natural based back sheet – NO plastic – reduce the greenhouse effect
-100 % natural distribution layer – NO plastic – reduce the greenhouse effect
-100 % compostable consumer packaging – NO plastic – reduce the greenhouse effect
-No latex, fragrance, or TBT (tributyl tin)
I was very pleased to read the above facts about these diapers but after using them, I do have some issues with them. First, they seem narrow and long. My daughter is long and lean and I still have difficulty getting the sides to tape down well so she won’t get irritated by the tabs. These tabs also don’t stick down very well to the paper-like material that the diaper is made of. They also need to be changed more often than the Seventh Generation diapers. I found this out the hard way. Yes, we had a leak the other night.
Because I’m trying to be greener, I’m going to continue to use the more biodegradable (the tabs and elastic around the legs and waist of these diapers are not biodegradable) Nature Babycare diapers during the day and will use the Seventh Generation diapers at night. This is at least a step in the right (or rather, better) direction.
I think it’s important to note for anyone interested in going from Seventh Generation to Nature Babycare that the Nature Babycare (at least size 2) runs a bit smaller than the equivalent in Seventh Generation.
If you have used either one of these diapers or have tried an eco-friendly alternative, please let us all know by commenting. Suggestions are appreciated and we can learn from each other’s experience and research.