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September 14, 2010

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Trying To Be As Green As Can Be Without Cloth

When I found out I was pregnant I had high hopes of being able to use cloth diapers. But realizing that (a) we have no washer/dryer in our apartment (b) we were having twins (c) we had no where to hang the diapers to sun dry them (d) we’re having TWINS…


Well, that sent me scurrying to the next best option: finding the greenest disposable.

Because let’s face it, I have limited time and resources here. I don’t think any of my neighbors would appreciate me putting sort of poopy diapers in a community-shared washer nor do I have any way of “doing a hot rinse cycle, followed by a wash cycle, followed by a rinse cycle, followed by a nice sun dry on a line in the back yard” or whatever it is that I’ve read. The good cloth diapers all seem to need more than just a wash through.

When the twins came home, they needed preemie diapers and we went straight to Pam.pers because they fit great and they worked. We tried a package of 7th Gen.eration, but were not impressed with the fit.
Fast forward–now we’ve tried quite a few brands, included 7th Gen again. We do like the 7th Gen, but we’ve found an eco diaper that is even better (IMO)–Nature Babycare.
We are very pleased with this diaper, the fit and the lack of leaks. I will admit that since the twins started sleeping through the night, we do use Pam.pers for overnight as I haven’t found any eco-friendly diaper that last 12 hours. If you’ve found one, let me know!

Trying to Be Greener says it better than me: (and check out her blog for a gazillion other green options, it’s a great blog!)

I checked out Gdiapers, but I didn’t feel they were an option for me. Again, living in an apartment building, I just didn’t trust the plumbing – would I cause a flood if the diaper didn’t break up enough in the toilet? I understand that flushing them is not the only option – you can just throw out the inserts but they’re also more expensive than other eco-friendly disposables so I passed on them.

I ended up using 7th Generation‘s disposable diapers. I have been very pleased with them so far in that they’re chlorine-free and contain no latex, fragrance, or TBT (tributyl tin), they fit well and there haven’t been any problems with leaks. The big problem I have with them, though, is that I had always thought they were biodegradable they actually aren’t. I also wanted to find a diaper without gel inside.

So, it was back to the drawing board to find something “greener”. That’s when I came across Nature Babycare Diapers.

Product features:

– Award Winning Premium Performance eco-friendly disposable diaper
– Awarded the Eco Label “Good Environmental Choice” of Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC)
– NO oil-based plastics against baby’s skin
– Kinder and more gentle to your baby and the environment
– Breathable and chlorine-free with natural based material, for natural protection
– Ultra-thin construction gives a non-bulky fit, enabling your baby to move around freely
– Consumer packaging is based on 100% natural renewable material. No oil-based plastics!
– Winner of the 06-07 Silver Award for “Best Disposable Diaper,” featured in Mother & Baby Magazine, a leading UK baby magazine

Features and Benefits of Nature babycare:
-Chlorine-free absorbent materials – does not contribute to dioxin pollution
-100 % natural based back sheet – NO plastic – reduce the greenhouse effect
-100 % natural distribution layer – NO plastic – reduce the greenhouse effect
-100 % compostable consumer packaging – NO plastic – reduce the greenhouse effect
-No latex, fragrance, or TBT (tributyl tin)