Wellness Monday’s: Redefining Disposable: The Rise of the Sustainable Diaper

Babies and parenting are overwhelming, to begin with. Especially for new parents, the sheer number of things you have to consider in regards to providing the best possible life for your newborn is astronomical. So it’s understandable that when shopping for your new child, a few other considerations get lost and forgotten. Luckily, what with the millennial generation being far more conscious of our everyday environmental impact, new brands are popping up left, right and center that caters to eco-friendly parenting.

For example, one of the most commonly associated baby products, diapers, are never given a second thought to what kind of impact they have on the world around us. Babies go through them like water and they are undeniably essential products to have on hand at all time. But did you know that your child will use anywhere from 6,500 to 10,000 diapers within their first 30 months of life? And did you know that this will cost about $3,000 total per child?! All in all, traditional disposable diapers are actually quite a burden to both your bank account and the environment. Creating about 7.6 billion pounds of garbage each year, which is equivalent to reaching the moon and back 9 times over per year, disposable diapers are responsible for about 30% of the worlds non-biodegradable waste.

So, how can you change this for the benefits of your child and his or her future? Easy! Try checking out these sustainable and biodegradable options on the market in place of traditional disposable diapers.

1. G-Diapers: G-Diapers is a brand working to redefine the word disposable. Their eco-friendly disposable inserts are 100% compostable, and by separating the diaper into two parts opens a world of comfort, convenience and plant loving design like never before. G-Diaper reinvented the diaper inside and out by blending comfort with absorbent disposable inserts that are flushable and compostable. Cradle to Cradle certified, Certified B Corporation, and a member of the Circular Economy 100, G-Diapers is working to end waste as we know it.

2. The Honest Company: The Honest Company is known for its mission of catering to babies everyday needs in an eco-friendly, non-toxic way. And their diaper options are no different. Their super-absorbent, eco-friendly diapers are made with plant-derived and sustainable materials, and are hypoallergenic and made without chlorine, bleach processing, latex or synthetic fragrances or lotions. With naturally derived odor blockers from citrus and chlorophyll, your child will be sure to stay fresh and happy all day.

3. Earth’s Best: The Earth’s Best Chlorine-Free Diapers offer an organic solution to baby diapers. All diapers are made with natural absorbent materials, such as corn and wheat, that offer a comfortable and secure fit. The soft and stretchy panels prevent leakage and keep your baby comfortable and dry. These diapers are chlorine free, latex free, dye free and fragrance free, making them gentle for your child’s sensitive skin.

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