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Are Biodegradable Diapers Really Better for the Environment?

Are Biodegradable Diapers Really Better for the Environment?

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 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. 

Recently, many diaper brands have taken a route to biodegradable or eco-friendly diapers that are touted as a healthier and more eco-friendly alternative to diapering. But do we really know how good these are to the environment? Before we discuss that, we need to know, what goes into these biodegradable diapers: 

Biodegradable diapers typically use natural materials like corn starch, plant fibre etc instead of poly carbons and plastics as their core materials to make them absorbent and efficient. However, most of these brands are not completely biodegradable, as they still use elastic and the waterproof back sheets and the polymers for absorbency, making them only 60% biodegradable.   

Biodegradable diapers while being relatively eco-friendly, are not necessarily healthier as most of these brands continue to use artificial fragrances and dyes that harm the babys gentle skin and cause allergies. These chemicals also leach in the environment increasing our ground water toxicity. 

Off late, it is also observed that many brands are adding a “biodegradable” label on their packaging to give off an eco-friendly vibe; when in fact, they are not. Since in India, there is no official certifying authority for biodegradable diapers, there is no way of knowing if you high price tag you paid for those disposable diapers are actually biodegradable.

Biodegradable diapers are considered environment friendly; only when they normally take 2-4 months to decompose. However, this happens only in a commercial compost setting with certain conditions and additives. Currently in India, we do not have these processes in place and waste segregation is still relatively new to us. 

Furthermore, whilst these diapers have compostable materials, it requires high temperatures to kill the pathogens. Which makes them not conducive to home composting especially with solid human waste.

Lastly, biodegradable diapers are not currently manufactured in India. The technology and machinery to manufacture them is expensive given the small size of the Indian market, which is why most Indian brands import these from countries like China, adding to the carbon footprint and greenhouse effect and almost negating their environment friendly aspect. 

So, are biodegradable diapers really good for us? Although they may be better than commercial 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? 

Cloth diapers, while a viable option is not easy to use and quite inconvenient

Hybrid diapers are your closest answer to a healthy, eco-friendly, affordable diapering solution. Hybrid Diapers are washable cloth shells with disposable pads that work like any regular disposable diaper. Bdiapers is India’s only brand of hybrid diapers with chemical free disposable inserts. Hybrid Diapers with their 2-part system allow for the passage of air, reducing the growth of bacteria and thereby a chance of a rash. These are more convenient that regular cloth diapers as the covers don’t need a daily wash and the inserts reduce the exposure to chemical for the baby. With brands like Bdiapers selling inserts that are are dioxin and phthalates free, these diapers release less poison in the environment and are better for your babys health, especially those prone to painful rashes.

So now you know of a diaper that is better for your baby and the planet.

With all this and more, perhaps being a responsible mother and an Earthling for this generation is not that difficult after all!  

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