Parenting & Baby
Our Guide to The Five Best Eco Friendly Diapers
In this editorial, REV editor and mama-to-be, Taylor shares some of her favourite eco-friendly nappy options, from reusable options to disposables that biodegrade.
Diapers are essential but incredibly unsustainable. Conventional, disposable diapers are the third-largest single consumer item in landfills...let that sink in. 92% of disposable diapers make it to landfills and it takes at least 500 years to decompose.
The Diaper Problem
Diapers are essential but incredibly unsustainable. Conventional, disposable diapers are the third-largest single consumer item in landfills…let that sink in. 92% of disposable diapers make it to landfills and it takes at least 500 years to decompose. Approximately 140 million babies are born worldwide each year and almost every baby will use about 6000 diapers in their first two years of life. I’ll let you do the math…
We were shocked to learn from @Eembly Baby that there are 11 million diaper-age babies in the USA every year. Each baby uses an average of 65 diapers per week. Which results in over 37 BILLION disposables being tossed EACH YEAR in the USA alone. Diapers which currently make up 30% of non-biodegradable waste in landfills, and we feel this isn’t the best future we could be leaving to the next generation or our planet! So here are some eco-friendly alternatives for your little one that will help with landfill, emissions and waste!
Fast working, clean, and absorbent – Coterie diapers tick off every box. The brand builds all their products form the ground up, making the most sustainable choices with each decision. Their diapers are made with 25% plant-based materials, specifically wood pump sourced from sustainably managed forests. Coterie have also teamed up with Diaper Recycling Technology to help recover diapers sitting in landfills so they can be properly recycled. I can’t wait to join Coterie’s subscription once my little one is here!
Kit and Kin
I’ve been a huge fan of this brand long before I started my journey into motherhood! Kit & Kin was created in 2017 with the mission to bring better diapers and baby products to the market that were better for baby, better for our environment, and that gave back. Kit & Kin uses only the most natural ingredients to be kind on the environment along with on babies delicate skin. Their amazing diapers are made from sustainable and plant-derived materials, and their packaging is also 100% sustainable. Plus they are produced in a carbon neutral factory. Thanks to Kit & Kin, I already have my babies first diapers ready for use!
Left Image – @edierose_andme
This reusable, cloth diaper company is one of the best options on the market. Esembly is a woman-owned brand committed to sustainably grown, low-impact, high quality ingredients and responsible manufacturing. Their organic diapers are made form certified organic cotton responsibly grown, so no toxins going close to your little one. Esembly offers amazing resources on how to use cloth diapers – from washing to maintaining so your diapers last for years.
Dyper diapers are made from bamboo to create a soft, breathable, odorless, and sustainable diaper. They picked bamboo viscose because they could source it responsibly. It grows fast, requires no fertilizers and they can process it with less chemicals. The best part about Dyper is that they offer conatacless home pickup and composting in the US, so you can dispose of the diapers sustainably.
Green Mountain Diapers
Green Mountain Diapers make organic and affordable cloth diapers are are incredibly comfortable and easy to use. The brand offers amazing reusable alternatives to most baby necessities, so they are a great resource if you are trying to cut down on your waste. I would recommend grabbing one of their kits, which has everything you need for cloth diapering. The kits also make amazing gifts!