The Best Eco Friendly Baby Diapers

by Danielle on August 2, 2010

When it comes to the planet, one way we can substantially change the amount of things we throw away into the environment is through diapers. By switching to eco friendly diapers instead of disposables, you’ll be lessening the impact on landfills. There are many biodegradable options for diapers today, as well as chemical free and organic cotton varieties of diapers. This page will review some of those diapers, based on reviews from consumers.

Seventh Generation diapersSeventh Generation Chlorine Free Baby Diapers, Stage 4 (22-37 Lbs.), Case of 120 Diapers
One of the most popular diapers on the market in terms of an “eco friendly” variety, Seventh Generation Chlorine Free Diapers are at the top of the best sellers for this brand. Over 500 customers have rated the product, giving it a respectable 4 star out of 5 ranking. Seventh Generation describes their product as having a “cloth like comfort and exceptional performance.” Reviewers though don’t exactly see it that way. While most people like the product for babies with sensitive bums (isn’t that all babies?), there have been a lot of complaints of leaks in these diapers. If you have to constantly change your baby because they are leaking through onto the clothing, then that’s not only bad for the environment (you’ll be washing extra clothes), but it’s embarassing for you and your child. These diapers also contain many of the same ingredients as regular diapers, not putting them very far ahead of the competition. It sounds like this product needs some work. Don’t worry though, there are plenty of other good products out there to choose from.

Nature Babycare Eco Friendly DiapersNature Babycare Eco-Friendly Diapers, Size 1, 176-Count Package

If you didn’t consider at all which diapers were good for your baby but best for the planet, then Nature Babycare Eco Friendly Baby Diapers would win the contest. While a lot of people really like these diapers because of their environmentally friendly design, they have had a few performance issues. The first issue is the leakage factor. These ones leak often, with many complaining about urine soaking through to sheets and clothing overnight. The second issue is the “chemical smell” reported from many users of the product. Third, some have complained about an improper fit and chafing due to the closure tabs. While apparently the smell is fixed for now, these other issues are something to consider. In terms of environmental benefits though, Nature Babycare has done an outstanding job. These are 60% biodegradable, while being completely chlorine free, unbleached, and hypoallergenic.

Earth's best diapersEarth’s Best TenderCare Chlorine Free Diapers, Size 3, 16-28 Pounds, (Case of 140)
Earth’s Best Tender Care Diapers have a good overall 4 star rating out of 5 out of over 50 reviews. These diapers are environmentally friendly for their lack of dyes, latex, and bleaching. They are also super absorbent, and are very easy to tell when they need to be changed. The fit of Earth’s Best is also just about as close to perfect as you can get. The seal created when the diaper is strapped on is very leak proof and tight, yet still comfortable on the skin. While Earth’s Best might be slightly bulky, it wins for overnight absorbency. As for downsides, some babies have had diaper rashes as a result of these diapers, but that is not unusual. Different brands and different cuts of diapers may irritate certain babies. Sometimes, it just comes down to trial and error. It might be a good idea to sample all of the diapers and find out which ones are the right ones for your baby.

huggies natural diapersHuggies Pure & Natural Diapers, Size 4, 46-Count Packages (Pack of 2)
Huggies Pure & Natural Diapers boast that they are latex free, fragrance free, and hypoallergenic. With a solid 4.5 star rating on Amazon, customers have liked the fact that they have no smell, are soft, absorbent, and are virtually leak-free. Huggies Pure & Natural also have a stretchy waist and fit that allow you to get them on easily. Chances are, you’ll love these diapers because of their high quality and lack of chemicals. The downsides of this diaper are that it isn’t completely biodegradable and as you would expect, compared to regular diapers, these are more expensive. The positives though, outweigh the negatives. There aren’t many organic cotton diapers available today, and these ones are also well reviewed and really work well.

If you were to choose just ONE eco friendly diaper on this page, Huggies Pure and Natural would probably be your best choice. Some of these products also qualify for Amazon’s frustration free packaging, which is a more environmentally friendly alternative to traditional packaging.

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