Posted on Aug 23, 2010 | Comments 0
Perhaps you never thought about what happens to the diapers after their usage. Sadly, they end up on the landfill and one of the bad news is that they aren’t easy to recycle.
Actually the statistic about the diapers and their usage is disturbing. Australia uses 2.2 million, U.S. uses 49 million, U.K 9 million – all this per day. There is no need to mention that the plastic diapers aren’t reusable and their recycling will provoke more pollution than their usage.
Lots of green organizations are suggesting the organic diapers, in order to prevent the pollution. Of course, many people that are concerned for the environment are using home-washed cloth diapers, but their usage isn’t exactly comfortable. According to the specialists they have only 53 percent of the ecological footprint of disposables.
The debate about the diapers is surely including the question about the comfort. Using organic diapers is clean and doesn’t harm the environment, but isn’t exactly comfortable. In fact it isn’t at all, therefore even people that are living green often purchase typical plastic nappy, for it is comfortable.
Nowadays many green labels are producing the so called biodegradable nappies. They are made out of plant based plastic and they can be composted, but the landfills simply don’t offer conditions about it. Yet, the only alternative seems to be the organic cotton diapers. Brands like Greenfibres are offering their famous Nappy Starter Pack. It is entirely produced with organic cotton and over pants, as well as eco paper liners.
The bad news is that these packages are expensive. The Sweden based company Naty is producing diapers, which are 70 percent biodegradable. Despite this, even they are hard to compost and need certain composting system.
Perhaps one of the best brands that are offering ecological-friendly nappies and diapers are Diaperaps. The brand spent years to find the right formula for producing green diapers and still didn’t invent completely green diapers. Their nappies come with an interesting reusable system, but it also takes time.
The difficulties in composting and recycling those types of diapers come from the ingredients inside them. Most of the “eco” diapers contain wood pulp, usually nearly 60 percent. Therefore, their composting and recycling is difficult. For instance, companies like Senevens are producing nappies that are 100 percent biodegradable, but even they contain 10 percent wood pulp. The debate about the diapers seems to continue. The most important thing is that organic diapers become popular, despite their discomfort.
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