We all know that disposable nappies are bad for the environment- Mama bamboo estimate that a baby will typically get through around 5,000 nappies in its nappy-wearing life, producing a mountain of waste equivalent to 130 black bin-bags - that’s a lot of nappies to change! There are a million and one things on a new mother’s mind, and if one of them is looking for more eco friendly alternatives to the traditional disposable nappy, here are some great options for you.
Eco Friendly nappies
There are generally 2 kinds eco friendly nappies; there are plenty of more eco-friendly disposable alternatives out there, but there is also the option to use reusable nappies similar to the terry cloths a few generations before us would have used. Here are some to look at.
Eco by Naty
Eco by Naty are the leading global Eco brand and their focus is on plant-based and compostable materials which go back to soil. Naty nappies contain no oil-based plastic or nasty chemicals, the core of the nappy is made from 100% FSC certified wood pulp, which is not only totally natural, but really good at absorbing liquid. The other layers are made of natural materials which make the nappy both breathable and comfortable on your babies skin.
Kit and Kin
Kit and Kin eco nappies contain no harsh chemicals and are made entirely from eco-friendly materials and ingredients. They are made up of chlorine-free fluff pulp which has been harvested from sustainably managed forests, and the front panels, tapes, anti-leak barriers and packaging are all made from an oxo-biodegradable material. Not only are their products eco-friendly, but the company also give back- Kit and Kin have teamed up with the World Land Trust (WLT) to raise awareness of rainforest conservation and to help save and protect threatened habitats across the world. For every 10 customers that buy a Kit & Kin nappy subscription, they will fund the purchase and protection of one acre of tropical rainforest through WLT – and for every product purchased from their website or retail partners, they make a donation to WLT.
Mama Bamboo eco-nappies are made from soft, breathable bamboo fibres and chlorine-free wood pulp and they are completely free of alcohol, chlorine, preservatives, phthalates, latex and PVC. Being made of bamboo means they are incredibly soft, have natural antibacterial properties which reduces the chances of nappy rash, and the bamboo fibres have incredible moisture absorbing and temperature regulating properties. Their packaging is 100% compostable and all of their freight emissions are carbon neutral through their partnership with the Bamboo Village Afforestation Programme. Mama Bamboo are officially registered with the Vegan Society and they do not test any of their ingredients or products on animals, they are also committed to donating 20% of their net profits every year to charities such as NSPCC, WFF and the Ugandan Bamboo Village.
Another option is reusable nappies. It is recommended that you will need 20-30 reusable nappies for the duration of your little one’s nappy wearing life, but you can start by purchasing 8-10 and build them up. You also need to buy wraps, liners and boosters for them. The great news is there are many different options out there. Some tried and tested recommendations are Smart Bottoms, Mother-ease and Onelife (which you can buy on amazon). There is a great article by Baby Centre who explain it all in much more detail, if you're interested.
Eco-friendly nappy bags
If you do opt for disposable nappies over reusable ones you will need nappy bags, the more traditional being made from plastic which end up in landfill for thousands of years. A more eco-friendly option would be to use nappy sacks which are made from natural materials such as the Eco by Naty disposable bags or Kit & Kin biodegradable nappy sacks, both of which are made from natural corn starch.