I use disposable diapers. Cloth diapers just aren’t a practical solution for me, and I am ok with that. I am not necessarily comfortable with the plastic and waste that ends up in our landfills from the use of disposables, nor am I a big fan of the energy and water used to launder cloth diapers. But now there are new options; eco-friendly disposables, “hybrid diapers”, all-in-ones, and pocket diapers – all of which I will give you the low-down on so you can make your own decision.
From the information I have gathered, it seems that Nature Babycare Diapers are the best green choice in disposables. They are 100% compostable, chlorine [and latex and fragrance, etc] free, breathable, and the packaging is biodegradable. They use “absorbent pulp from sustainably harvested Scandinavian forests” as opposed to the sodium polyacrylate [SAP] gel found in most disposable brands.
Tushies are also free of SAP, chlorine, fragrance, and the like. They also seem to be a bit easier to find in stores.
Seventh Generation does contain the SAP gel, but are chlorine, latex, and fragrance free.
Then, as we get closer to cloth, you have options like gDiapers, which you can flush, compost, or toss. There is a washable outer pant and a plastic [and chlorine, latex, fragrance] free refill that goes inside. They also contain SAP.
There are tons of choices for Pocket Diapers. Basically, it’s a water resistant, washable outer layer with an inner layer that rests against your baby’s skin [most common inner layer is microfleece, but you can opt for other choices – including organic velour!]. Between the layers is a pocket and that pocket holds an absorbent insert. A few pocket diaper options are: Swaddlebees, bumGenius, Wahmies, Green Acre Designs [pictured below], and so many more.
And then you have your flat, prefolds, contour, and fitted cloth options. As well as picking the cloth diaper cover of your choice [and there are some cute ones!] All of which are up to personal preference. So, happy diapering everyone. Oh – two quick things – don’t forget to flush the waste before disposing those disposables and I have a website to share with you. Diapers.com They have all the brands I talked about and more, as well as tons of other baby products that are cheaper here in small bulk quantities than anywhere else I have found. The link will take you to their green products page [naturally].