New “green” diapers are love at first flush

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With so many of our friends having babies this year (so far there are 6!) there have been a lot of discussions about diapers. I know, it is the most exciting conversation to have, and I dont blame you for being so enthralled, but seriously, disposable diapers are a big deal in this country! About 20 BILLION of them get thrown away each year, and they just sit there in the landfills, leaking feces and urine into the ground. This creates a huge toxic hazard for everyone! And to make diapers, we use about 100,000 tons of plastic and 800,000 tons of tree pulp. I often thought there was a safer way to use diapers, other than the obvious use of cloth ones. Sometimes, a cloth one is not practical (such as when on vacation), so a new kind of diaper is needed. Well, here is is. The flushable diaper that has a liner that biodegrades. You can even put it in a compost pile out in the yard and it will be gone in 50-150 days! From the site:

“Imagine taking your baby’s soiled diaper and simply flushing it down the toilet. No more smell. No more diaper. No more diaper pail. You’re putting waste right where it belongs, in the toilet. Not in a landfill. That’s exactly how gDiapers work.

gDiapers are a two-part system. The flushable inner refill fits into a pair of colorful little pants. When the flushable becomes soiled, simply flush it down the toilet. It’s that easy.”

I think this is the way to go for the future….all babies have to wear diapers, so why not use ones that do no harm to the environment?

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  1. This is fantastic news! I have long discussed this with friends. Disposable nappies are gnarly – but the energy used to cleanse cloth can be quite wasteful also. Thanks for posting on these – they look awesome.

  2. I was going to comment on how the Chinese don’t even use disposable diapers and they do just fine. It seems, however, that the Chinese are joining the rest of the 1st world and becoming big wasters as well. Check this out.

    Sunshine

  3. Well, its no surprise, as the rest of the world seems to want to be like us…only we have major problems that we are only beginning to face. Its going to a take a while for other places to catch up, realize its bad, and then cange themselves.

    In reality, we could be using only cloth diapers…but Americans want convenience, thus we throw away 20 billion of them a year….

  4. Along with affordability, one has to think long term…how many less diapers are going into landfills? Since oil is a major component of disposable diapers, how much less oil would we need to use?

    I still believe cloth diapers are the way to go for most days, but for vacations and days out and about, these might be just the greatest idea!

  5. I’ve heard about these before – I do wonder if they would be affordable for people who would normally use disposables?? If so, I’d use them ;).

  6. My wife has often tried to switch to greener diaper solutions but I just can’t deal with the smells and tactile involvement ( I don’t like to touch poop).
    Recently our city started a great new recycling program. It is called the “The green bin” and it is for all biodegradable products. The great thing is diapers are included. They take the biodegradable core out (and the poop) and recycle the outer plastic.

  7. Hi Rob…well, I dont blame you for not liking poop, its not the greatest thing in the world. But how cool is it that your city has biodegradeable bins..what city do you live in?

    I am sure if more cities would do that, more people would at least recycle their disposables, if thats what they choose to use.

  8. This is really interesting, especially being we are expecting our 12th baby! I will be checking into this.

    Found you through the Pregnancy Carnival. 🙂

  9. Hi David

    My name is Jason Graham-Nye and I am one of the founders over here at gDiapers. Thanks so much for mentioning the diapers. I really appreciate it. If you know anyone test driving them please pass on to them that we are here in Portland, Oregon and ready to answer any quesitons.
    We and the product are from Australia where the product has been available since 1991.
    And for anyone with poor or dodgy plumbing, tossing the flushable is still better than tossing a disposable diaper as there is no plastic in the product. In soil burial trials the product biodegrades in 50-150 days.

    Cheers

    Jason

  10. Hi Whit

    Well, as for worrying about your septic, they are biodegradeable, so they will decompose along with everything else, they wont fill it up.

    As for washing them, yes, you would need hot water. And while I understand your concern about the energy bill, the damage that disposables do to the environment is WAY worse than what hot water can do to our wallets. Disposables do not biodegrade, they just sit and stew in landfills, releasing toxins and plastics into the ground. Also, they are made from petroleum, which for me, is the true killer…I dont really want my baby’s butt to sit in an oil product all day.

    We wash everything in cold now…but come baby time, its hot water all the way. Its better for the environment, better for the baby, and truthfully, I am not sure that being boxes and boxes of disposables is any cheaper than your hot water bill. Might be something to look into. Good luck and remember, its your baby we are talking about!

    Oh, and the post by Jason is from one of the founders of g-diapers…might want to drop them an email with your concerns.

  11. I am due to deliver my first child in November and I am torn on the diaper issue. My husband and I currently wash all of our laundry on cold to save energy. Though washable diapers sound great for decreased waste (the g diaper included), you have to wash them on hot… sometimes twice. This would make our electric bill skyrocket. Plus, I worry about my good ole Vermont septic system with the g diapers.

    Has anyone tried them that can provide feedback? I want to try them, but I feel I need to hear a testimony before making the purchase.

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