If you are a parent, you know it is absolutely true that finding the right shade of lip color is way easier than finding the right diaper for your child. Recent trends suggest that more and more millennial mothers are turning to environmentally conscious choices like biodegradable diapers, in search of products that pose less threat to nature, and subsequently your babys health.
Research validates that a baby goes through approximately 2500-3000 diapers before potty training. This probably should explain why diapers contribute so much to the environmental pollution. It is noted that around 95% of the families use disposable diapers that will end up in huge landfills. It roughly takes around 500 years for a biodegradable diaper to decompose due to the strong molecular composition in its substances.
As we know, any petroleum product takes ages to decompose and has a deeper effect on the environment. According to SmartLabel, a modern disposable diaper consists of polyethylene, fluff pulp, polyacrylate, polyester, petrolatum, thermoplastic polymers, aloe barbadensis leaf extract, stearyl alcohol, and fragrance and many more ingredients that are derived from petroleum. All these disposable diapers tend to harm not only your child’s health but our animals and the rest of the ecosystem.
Fortunately, many diaper brands have taken a route to biodegradable or eco-friendly diapers that are going to make our lives easier and healthier. So, how good are these to the environment? Before we discuss that, we need to know, what goes into these biodegradable diapers:
In simple terms, biodegradable diapers use corn starch, plant-based fiber, natural cotton, and wood pulp instead of plastic avoiding artificial fragrance, dyes and chlorine making it less terrible for the earth.
Off late, it is observed that many brands are adding a “biodegradable” label on their packaging to give off an eco-friendly and sustainable vibe; when in fact, they are not. Since in India, there is no certifying authority as of now there is no way of knowing if you high price tag you paid for those disposable diapers are actually biodegradable. Coming back to how these biodegradable diapers are effective to the environment; they normally take 2-4 months to decompose in a commercial compost setting. The Guardian states that an eco-friendly diaper takes around 50 years to decompose in a landfill setting. 50 years are no less but much better than the regular single time diapers that take around 500 years.
Decomposing biodegradable diapers is also not the same as disposing single-use diapers. There are a couple of ways to decompose them - commercial compost and at home. Although these diapers have compostable materials, it requires high temperatures to kill the pathogens. It is always easier to decompose in a commercial composting facility unlike the home composting due to the availability of the high temperature. Also for home composting, you can only compost wet diapers (no solid waste) in your backyard with dried leaves and some greens as in vegetable waste or fresh-cut grass. However this process also requires commitment of time and materials (like accelerators) to help it going.
So, are biodegradable diapers the best? Although it is way better than the disposable diapers, biodegradable diapers have their own drawbacks as mentioned above. That leaves us pondering to what choice do mothers have for a truly green and healthy diapering solution?
With the knowledge we have, Hybrid diapers are your closest answer to a healthy, eco-friendly, affordable diapering solution. Hybrids are cloth shells with disposable pads or soakers. Bdiapers is India’s only brand of hybrid diapers with disposable bio soakers that are chemical free and hypoallergenic. Bdiapers covers come in 2 part – the cloth shell never touches the baby and the same cover can be repeated over and over till it gets soiled ( due to play ). The waterproof pouch that holds the bio soakers can be replaced when soiled in the same cover. Bdiapers are convenient, healthy and help reduce your carbon footprint with the reduced washing. The chemical-free bio soakers are dioxin and phthalates free releasing less poison in the environment when disposed of (i.e. correctly!). And with the reduced chemicals, they are also better for your babys health, especially those prone to painful rashes.
With all this and more, perhaps being a responsible mother and an Earthling for this generation is not that difficult after all!