It’s not easy to compare nappies, particularly eco-friendly disposables, so we have done the comparison for you.
We’ve stripped out the ‘fluffy’ descriptions, to give you the comparable facts - what materials are used in the nappies and how compostable or recyclable they are – we’ve even checked what packaging is used.*
Why does it matter which nappies I choose?
On average, a baby will require 6000 nappy changes before they are potty trained.
3 billion nappies and 11 billion baby wipes are used every year in the UK alone.
We all know that single-use plastic needs to be reduced and traditional disposable nappies and baby wipes are typically made from oil-based plastics such as polypropylene, polyethylene and polyester. These materials are not commonly recycled* and cannot be composted. They take hundreds of years to break down when disposed of in landfill.
For every plastic nappy created 150ml of crude oil is required and 15ml of chlorine bleach.
An Eco Disposable looks just like a regular nappy and will perform like a regular nappy - or better! - but it will be made using significantly less plastic and fewer chemicals
The best brands are use zero % plastic covers, liners and packaging. They are free of latex, PVC and chlorine. They use natural water based or plant based dyes, zero perfume and zero lotion
The bulk of the nappy and packaging is plant based and compostable
Eco disposable brands also tend to be carbon neutral and have an higher ethical company rating
Mama Bamboo has both B-Corp certification and Sustainable X Summit certification - meaning it has passed the highest standards of ethical and sustainable business.
* Updated Feb 23 to account for KNK and ECO packaging changes