Non-toxic, eco-friendly diapering for baby
The average cost for disposable diapering can reach up to $1000 a year and for cloth diapering about $400. So if you use diapers for the first two years or so, you can be looking at about $2000 – $3000!
I would have LOVED to say that I used the cloth diaper route. However, I opted for a hybrid approach. With two small children, it was a convenience factor for me. Since we always had activities and outings, I couldn’t develop a system where I could handle the soiled diapers effectively. Here are some things to consider:
I was really concerned about the resources that it took just to make baby diapers. Sure, we’re a human race and there are a gazillion of other things that use resources, cause pollution, etc. But the following statistics about manufacturing disposable diapers troubled me:
- 200,000 trees each year are lost to the manufacture of disposable diapers for babies just in the U.S. alone.
- 4 billion gallons of fuel oil every year to make diapers.
- 20 times more raw materials, two times more water and three times more energy to make than cloth diapers.
- Depletes natural resources
- Utilizes non-renewable energy sources
- 500 years to decompose in a landfill.
If it takes a long time to decompose, it ends up in our water, our air. This made me look into biodegradable disposable diapers that I can recommend below.
As mentioned, you can typically expect to spend between $2000 and $3000 per baby for the first two years or so on disposable diapers. For cloth diapers and accessories (diaper folds/inserts, cover, etc) estimate $800 to $1000 if you wash them yourself. This estimate may be lower if you reuse cloth diapering on new siblings! You can also opt for a diaper laundering service, but it will run you closer to the cost of disposables around $2000 to $3000.
Cloth/reusable diapering “technology” has become more convenient. All come with snap or Velcro closures, which makes changing a lot easier. You do have to soak and wash the removable linings which can take time. I found with cloth diapering I had to change more often because some of the inserts tend to be not as absorbent as disposables.
As mentioned in the environmental impact section, it takes a ton of resources to make diapers and as a bi-product, chemicals and other harmful elements end in the the disposable diaper. One of the many chemicals found in conventional diaper manufacturers is dioxin. Dioxin is a highly toxic carcinogen and endocrine disruptor.
I’ve broken out disposable and cloth diapering on this page.
Best non-toxic, eco-friendly disposable diapering:
- Eco-friendly naturally hypoallergenic
- Ideal for babies with sensitive skin.
- Made from biodegradable bamboo, it is extremely soft and silky to the touch, yet strong and absorbent.
- Wetness indicator
- No Chlorine, alcohol, preservatives, phthalates, Latex, PVC or TBT
- No harsh chemicals—they’re made without chlorine, latex, dioxins, PVC, heavy metals, finishing treatments (silicones), fragrances and lotions (usually made using phthalates).
- Site indicates that diapers are MOSTLY made with plant-based, biodegradable, and sustainable materials
- Super-absorbent bio-core significantly reduces the need for sodium polyacrylate (SAP) – the gel used in conventional diapers that gives them their absorbency
- Designs are printed with lead-free inks
- Naturally breathable
- Chlorine and fragrance free
- Made from GMO free corn based film
- Eco-friendly diapers. Company has one of the best commitments to health and the environment (25 Years of Certified Safe & World Friendly) that I have seen. Bambo Nature diapers have earned the Danish Asthma/Allergy certification, the Nordic Swan Ecolabel, are Dermatologically-tested and FSC-certified.
- Produced sustainable manufacturing processes
- Free from harmful chemicals and perfumes to minimize the risk of allergies and diaper rash
Best non-toxic cloth diapering:
- No Dioxins
- Works well with the snap in soaker pad
- Waterproof TPU outer layer
Includes 6 GroVia® Hybrid Shells + 12 GroVia® No Prep Soaker Pads. This is what I would recommend if you opt to do a hybrid disposable/cloth diaper approach. This one offers an organic cotton soaker insert.
- one-size pocket diaper that fits most babies 8-35lbs
- A bargain at 6 pcs + 6 Inserts!
- 3×3 rise snaps adjust the setting lasts from birth to potty training
- This is just the waterproof shell that goes on the outside of the diaper. You will need the insert/prefold which is eco-friendly and made out of hemp.
- Size 1 covers fits 6-18 lbs. They also have larger sizing cover (Size 2) for potty training.
- Thirsties wet bag is perfect if you opt to do cloth diapering all the way!