List of Environmentally Friendly Disposable Nappies
Everyone wants to live a cleaner, more environmentally friendly life. Sustainability and environmentally friendly products are becoming more accessible to the general public all the time, and there are now assorted ranges of environmentally friendly disposable nappies. Sounds like an oxymoron right?
Aren’t Reusable Nappies The Best for The Environment?
Quick answer: no.
Reusable nappies (reusables) or Modern Cloth Nappies aren’t necessarily the best choice for the environment as constant washing and drying can create more carbon emissions than disposable nappies. According to The Conscious Parent.co.uk, they compared the environmental impact between two types of nappies over a two and a half year period. The reusable nappies created 570kg of carbon emissions because of the number of times they were washed and dried (with three out of four loads of nappies being line dried and one load dried in the dryer). The disposable nappies only created 550kg of carbon emissions.
Why Modern Standard Disposable Nappies Are So Bad
There was a documentary on the BBC recently called ‘The Secret Life of Landfills’. There they dug up a disposable used nappy from the 1980’s and found that still, today in 2020 is totally intact. Modern standard disposable nappies are the same – they just don’t break down – ever!
Luckily the following nappy companies are making nappies that are 60 – 80% made from biodegradable materials. There is currently no manufacturer of disposable nappies worldwide that are making 100% compostable disposable nappies – but at least they are a huge step in the right direction.
What are Environmentally Friendly Disposable Nappies Made From?
Yes, these Environmentally Friendly Disposable Nappies are free from chemicals and contain natural ingredients such as bamboo, but are they as good for the environment as they claim? Well, it depends. When deciding on an environmentally disposable nappy, check if they are compostable or biodegradable.
Compostable nappies are the best as they break down into nutrients for the soil. On the other hand, biodegradable disposable nappies just break down into smaller and smaller pieces – and although this is good, it is still placing harmful plastics at a micro-scale into our environment.
Bamboo is a great environmentally friendly option for nappies because it is:
- Highly absorbent, taking more than three times its weight in water,
- Naturally hypoallergenic, making it ideal for sensitive skin and eczema sufferers,
- Bamboo Fibres are smooth minimising skin irritation and rash on sensitive areas.
- Naturally antibacterial and has natural deodorising properties,
- Environmentally friendly, growing rapidly with minimal water, no pesticides and a simple farming and planting process.
BUT: No environmentally friendly disposable nappy is 100% biodegradable. That is because the eco-friendly nappies are only made up of 60 – 80% of eco-friendly materials. Many of the layers are made from bamboo or cotton, but the outer layers can be made from plastic. Manufacturers are working on this to improve that total.
So Which Nappy is Best for the Environment?
At the end of the day, these brands of eco-friendly disposable nappies are the best option Mum’s currently have. Because they are partly-biodegradable and made by reputable manufacturers, you know that at least these brands have the environment in mind when producing these nappies. The nappies are made to minimise waste, sustain forests and source materials that are FSC certified.
Here are our top choices:
Comfy Koalas stock super soft, eco-friendly nappies that are delivered right to your door! They are made from biodegradable materials that reduce the environmental impact, are made from premium, responsibly sourced bamboo and contain no nasty chemicals.
Comfy Koalas are based in Sydney are 100% Australian owned. Their nappies are created in China from an ethical bamboo specialist. They rate the ethics, manufacturing quality and access to sustainable plant-based materials as their highest priority. You are encouraged to dispose of Comfy Koala Eco Nappies with a biodegradable bag which will assist the nappy to degrade.
- Small (3-8kg)
- Medium (6-11kg)
- Toddler (9-14kg)
- Walker (12-18kg)
Bambo Nature Eco-Nappies are the number one eco disposable nappy in Australia. They’ve been chosen as the best eco nappies by Choice Magazine, Ethical Consumer Guide and Baby Gera Lab. They’ve been awarded the Nordic Swan Eco-Label to guarantee a lower eco-footprint with every nappy you use. All the packaging is fully recyclable.
Bambo Nature nappies are better for your baby with no perfumes, lotions, latex or chlorine. They’re guaranteed to contain no harmful ingredients and have been approved by the Danish Asthma & Allergy Council.
You can even grab a Bambo Nature Nappy Sample for $3.00
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By choosing Ecoriginals Nappies you will be directly influencing the reduction of your home landfill contribution. Ecoriginals Nappies have compostable packaging (which is a world first!) and their nappies take only 90 days to biodegrade. Their nappies contain 80% plant-based ingredients and 90% of their nappy materials are biodegradable.
Ecoriginals are designed in Australia and manufactured in New Zealand using renewable energy. Ecoriginal nappies are made from cotton, FSC certified wood pulp and non-gmo cornstarch.
Ecoriginals offer Nappy Samples for only $3.00 so you can try before you buy!
Moltex Eco Nappies were the worlds first eco-nappy. They are German engineered to outperform other biodegradable nappies. The nappies have a 100% biodegradable outer liner with 100% FSC certified wood pulp (from responsibly managed forests). They are made for a perfect fit with secure adhesive tapes.
Their newborn nappies even have a ‘Comfort Recess’ for the newborn umbilical cord!
Moltex Eco Nappies offer a Nappy Sample Pack for only $3.
Tooshies are made from renewable biodegradable bioplastic, bio-based polypropylene (made from sugar), polymer spandex and polypropylene. They also contain chlorine-free wood pulp from sustainably managed forests. They are responsibly made in Mexico.
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Environmentally Friendly Baby Wipes
Water Wipes contain no parabens, no phthalates, no alcohol, no benzoates, no MIT, no triclosan – in fact no nasties whatsoever. Water Wipes are the only Baby Wipes to ever be recommended by Allergy UK and they have also been awarded the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance in the US.
They are gentle enough to be used on premature babies and are used by many maternity hospitals and neonatal units around the world.
Both compostable and biodegradable, Wot Not Baby Wipes are Australia’s best selling baby wipes that are all natural and only contain organic ingredients. They contain no chlorine, sulphat4es, petrochemicals, parabens or artificial fragrances.
Fragrance-free, perfect for sensitive skin and contains aloe vera, chamomile and jojoba oil to soothe sore bottoms, the Joonya Eco Baby Wipes are fragrance free and are fully biodegradable.