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Compostable Diapers Go from Soiled to Soil
Posted By Kimberly Delaney On February 5, 2009 @ 9:37 pm In Green Living, Healthy Home | 2 Comments
According to the National Association of Diaper Services , more than 18 billion single-use diapers go into the landfill each year and they can take up to 500 years to decompose. Then there’s the issue of the energy and materials that go into making the diapers and the byproducts of bleaching them. Add to that the worries about the chemicals we are exposing our babies to with many popular brands of disposable diapers, and you’ll begin to see the problem.
Luckily, there are a lot more green diaper options  these days for parents who refuse to contribute more diaper waste to the landfills and want healthier products for their children. Green diaper choices range from cloth diapers to greener disposables to flushables  — and even to skipping the diaper stage  altogether.
One greener diaper option I had not seen until now is the truly compostable diaper. gDiapers is one brand that can be composted, but the company’s website  warns to only compost the wet ones (not the dirty ones). The reason behind this is that garden compost  does’t tend to get consistently hot enough to kill all the bacteria, including E. coli, and even viruses in human waste.
But some innovative folks in the Bay Area have solved the problem by creating a compostable diaper service. Earth Baby  makes it easy to compost every part of the diapering process including the diaper (regardless of what’s in it), the wipe and even the diaper pail bag. By making this a service, they ensure that the diapers are composted at an industrial composting plant that does get hot enough to kill off bacteria and viruses.
The diapers used by Earth Baby are made in Sweden from corn-based plastic and wood pulp. The fact that they have to travel all this way to be used and then composted means that this is not the perfect solution. In fact, even a gDiapers spokesperson readily pointed out in an email that washing your own cloth diapers is still the greenest option. But the fact is that most parents still choose some type of disposable over cloth, and a professional compost service gives you most of the convenience of disposables without the heavy environmental impact.
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 Image: http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=ikoB54HG8Ag&offerid=127265.10002949&type=3&subid=0
 National Association of Diaper Services: http://www.diapernet.org/
 green diaper options: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/How-To-Green-Your-Babys-Diaper.html
 Green diaper choices range from cloth diapers to greener disposables to flushables: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/Which-Kind-of-Diaper-is-Best-for-both-Planet-and-Parents.html
 skipping the diaper stage: http://blog.gaiam.com/self-improvement/news_feed/9664/parents_just_say_no_to_diapers
 website: http://www.gdiapers.com/happy-planet
 garden compost: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/GuideToHomeComposting.html
 Earth Baby: http://www.earth-baby.com/home.php
 Green Diapers Go from Soiled to Soil: http://www.lime.com/blog/kim_d/2009/02/04/green_diapers_go_soiled_soil
 Lime.com: http://www.lime.com
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