From the moment I became a mom in 2011, until now, as I continue to diaper my second child, I have been on the hunt for the best eco-friendly diaper available. The problem with diapers, environmentally speaking, is a significant one. Diapers are the third most prevalent consumer product going to landfills, where they represent 30% of non-biodegradable waste. Thirty percent! I shudder to think about how long the mix of plastic, filler and poop will take to break down, especially when it is all sausaged together into plastic links made by Diaper Genie trash cans. Let's just say I'm pretty sure those diapers will still be here, encased in plastic, until dinosaurs rule the earth again or 500 years, whichever comes first.
As an eco-product reviewer and a green mom, I think I can say honestly that I have tried almost every brand of green diaper on the market in the last seven years. From the Honest Company diapers, which I think are cute but not worth the price, to Earth's Best (which sadly did not fit my son's tushy properly), to the Seventh Generation diapers I use today but don't love the look of -- and everything in between. I am always looking for new alternatives to disposable diapers that I can feel good about and that work.
Not all eco-disposable diapers are created equal, and what is right for your family depends on your top concerns. For example, Huggies Organic are not latex-free and my son is allergic. Some diapers are made with recycled materials, others are organic, some are chemical-free, etc. In other words, there are many ways to "go green" when it comes to making an eco-diaper, and picking which is best is not as simple as one would think.
With that in mind, a new diaper company called "Poof" has emerged this year with the goal of sweeping the premium eco-diaper category. Their products are definitely a pay for what you get situation (a.k.a. more expensive), but they really are superior in every way. Unlike most diapers, the Poof diaper is not only biodegradable, but it is compostable (in commercial composting facilities), because the "plastic" and other diaper materials are made from non-GMO corn. These diapers are "designed to wick away moisture from the skin" and do indeed feel "smooth, silky and soft," as the company claims.
Poof's diapers are also chemical-free and certified antibacterial and bacteriostatic -- which means less irritation for your baby's bum. Their proprietary design featuring wider perforated side bands and a different 3D profile is also much easier to get on a squirmy tot, and seems to move with kids as they wiggle around. To top it all off, the soy-based printed designs are adorable. Overall, I give these alternative diapers an A+.
While spending more than $.50 per diaper puts this option out of reach for many families, for those who can afford it, investing in better diapers is an excellent way to offset some of the impact of using disposable diapers in the first place. I encourage to try a package and see the difference for yourself. They have upped the eco-diaper design game and it is a winner.