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Going Green: Eco Friendly Diapers

Going Green: Eco Friendly Diapers



I don’t know about you, but I have spent a lifetime considering the environment with every decision I make. This includes my diapering choices. Disposable diapers create a large amount of waste and are primarily made of plastic which as we all know is far from biodegradable. So even before my baby was born, I had decided I was going to go the cloth diaper route. I do admit that the use of cloth diapers can be more time consuming than using their disposable counterparts, but the extra laundry is worth knowing I am reducing my family’s waste output.

Going Green: Eco Friendly Diapers 





Speaking of laundry, soap is another topic of interest for enviro-diapering. For your cloth diapers, you want to look for a biodegradable soap that leaves no residue behind, such as Nature Clean Laundry Powder. Nature Clean Laundry Powder also contains no enzymes, phosphates, EDTA & NTA (phosphate replacements which are environmentally hazardous), chlorine bleach, synthetic dyes & perfumes, or optical brighteners, which is also important to consider when laundering your diapers. If you do decide on another brand for your diapers, it is very important to use a residue-free soap to avoid the dreaded residue build-up. Residue build-up greatly reduces the absorbency of your cloth diapers and can react with your baby’s urine to produce a rash on the baby’s skin. Trust me, you do not want residue build-up on your cloth diapers!



Another enviro-diapering choice is the use of wipes. Since we are so enviro-conscious at my house, we use cloths (instead of wipes) which are laundered with the diapers. But when you are out and about, no one wants to carry around stinky cloths, so it’s ideal to choose a disposable wipe which is also environmentally friendly, such as Natracare Organic Cotton Baby Wipes. This brand of baby wipes and the solution ingredients are derived from natural, renewable and sustainable resources and are biodegradable and compostable making them safe for both baby and the environment.