Although its been years since my children were in diapers, I do recall the big disposable vs. cloth diaper debate. Especially when I had my twins, considertions of convenience weighed heavily against the environmental impact of throwing away thousands of diapers throughout their baby years.
Now, there are some pretty great biodegradable disposable diapers! I recently found this post, which just happens to have been published by one of the twins’ babysitters, about “gdiapers,” green disposable diapers that you can use and then toss without green guilt! And, if you are a cloth diaper fan anyway, gdiapers makes them as well, with darling diaper covers!
Choose between a biodegradable gRefill, or a re-usable, washable gCloth inside newborn-sized gPants or cotton little gPants. These covers come in many adorable colors and styles… not just green!
According to the gDiaper website, these biodegradable disposable diapers are an “earth-friendly hybrid” diapering option:
gDiapers have no elemental chlorine, no perfumes, no smell, no garbage and no guilt. In fact, our gRefills are so gentle on the Earth you can even garden compost the wet ones in one compost cycle, approximately 50 – 150 days. Just think of the standing ovation you’ll get from the planet.
Should you consider gDiapers? If you are expecting, have a young child, or know a friend who might be interested in eco-friendly diapers, you can find them online or at select retailers in the United States, Canada or the UK. Click here to find out if you can buy gDiapers at a store near you.
Not only are gDiapers a great green diapering option, they are just so darned cute! And, the materials used in gDiapers are breathable, like performance sports material, which means less diaper rash.
In her post, my friend Maddie made some pretty amazing calculations regarding ordinary disposable diapers:
- 10: the average number of diapers used per child each day
- 3650: the average number of diapers used per child each year
- 9125: the average number of diapers used per child in a life time (if potty trained by age 2 1/2)
- 62,050,000,000: the average number of diapers used each year by Americans alone (according to the number of children ages 0-3 according to the 2008 US Census)
- 500: the number of years it takes for a single disposable diaper to decompose.
Now compare these numbers to this one: 60 The number of DAYS it takes for one gDiaper to decompose.
Save the planet with your baby’s diaper choice? Baby steps in the right direction!