There are always new things coming out on the market for your baby; new toys, new clothes, new types of furniture items. When it comes to diapers though, the market has been pretty steady. You have disposable diapers like Pampers and cloth diapers. That is easy enough! Until now…a new diaper is on the market: the flushable.
Yes, you heard us right, you can now put your baby’s sensitive bottom in a diaper that you can take off, throw in the toilet and flush away! This keeps the dirty, disposable diapers out of the landfills and helps keep the risk of ground water contamination low from your baby’s poop! You can flush your baby’s poop away so that it gets broken down properly in our sewage treatment facilities, safely treated and where the valuable nutrients can be utilized as biosolids. Best part is the flushable diapers consist of no chlorine, perfumes or dyes that could hurt your baby’s skin.
On the other end of the spectrum, people who do home composting for their gardens can add the diapers that are ONLY wet to their compost and use it to help their garden be healthy. The diapers will completely decompose within six months (vs. 500 years with your traditional disposable diaper), and your garden will love you!
Not only are they easy to use, and help keep the stink out of your baby’s room, but they are fashionable as well! The diapers consist of a cover and an insert, much like a cloth diaper would. The covers have a snap in liner, which can be replaced if necessary, and the refills sit in these liners for easy removal and flushing. The covers come in a variety of fabric colors and patterns from solids to florals, and come in three sizes which your baby can wear all the way up to 35 pounds. The covers called “little g” pants can also be used as covers for your cloth diapers.
There are many questions you may be asking about when it comes to buying your flushable diaper. Among these is probably wondering where you can get them and how much they cost. You can order them online from www.gdiapers.com or you can buy them at your local Whole Foods Market or Wild Oats store. The diaper covers are approximately $15.00 a piece and the inserts range from $15.00 for a small package of refills to $45 for a larger package of refills. For some cost is not a problem when it comes to helping keep the environment safe and healthy for our children, grand children and even great grandchildren. In order to see if flushable diapers are for you, there is even a starter kit available that includes the inserts and covers for $25.00.
There is a lot of controversy on whether or not these flushable diapers are really environmentally friendly. People question if it is just causing more build up of paper in the sewage system. Paper tends to decompose much faster than disposable diapers do so for some this may be a moot point. It is important that you do your research though regarding all options when it comes to diapering your baby so that you can make the best decision for your family and your family’s finances.
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