There has been a lot of talk about re-usable diapers on Inhabitots lately and the debate is great considering the limited sustainable options available to parents in the US. While mums and dads across the pond do have a green option in Bambo Nature nappies (that’s UK-speak for diapers), the closest disposable diaper mass-marketed in America under the guise of being sustainable is the Seventh Generation brand.
The fact that Seventh Generation diapers are unfortunately no more natural, sustainable or recyclable than conventional diapers is plainly stated on the brand’s website. After clicking a link leading to their published ingredients, you will come across statements such as, “We use a small amount of blended color pigments to impart a tan color to our diapers… To the best of our knowledge, there are no known toxicity issues associated with the use of these pigments in our diapers,” and the added fact that Seventh Generation diapers “rely on man-made materials,” that, “are mostly petroleum-derived and are not renewable, which adversely impacts the environmental footprint associated with these products.”
Bambo Nature nappies on the other hand, are as convenient as regular disposables, yet are “100% more biodegradable than high street brands.” Manufactured in Denmark by Abena and developed in collaboration with a core group of parents, the diapers have been awarded the Nordic Swan Certification for their minimal environmental impact and responsible eco practices. “The absorbent core has 50% less chemical gel than other eco–disposable nappies and a high percentage of starch – a natural absorber which is 100% biodegradable.” The biodegradable pulp used is harvested from sustainable Scandanavian forests where, according to one press clip, “more trees are planted than felled.” And a GIZMODO post states that the diaper biodegrades completely in 6 months or less.
Bambo Natural nappies retail for £4.50 on the Bambo website, but are not yet available in the US. So what to do then, American moms and dads who seek a sustainable diaper option, but are scared of the time-commitment of cloth diapers? Try G-Diapers! Our editor Jill is a user and avid fan of G-Diapers. She says ‘They really aren’t much more of a pain than disposables, and in many ways are MORE convenient – when you consider the fact that you don’t have to deal with changing and cleaning a stinky diaper pail every few days’
UPDATE 5/10/10: Bambo Natural Diapers are now available in the US. Click here to order Bambo Natural Diapers.