Does this sound like you?
“I wanted to cloth diaper guys, I really did. Cute prints, zero waste—I was pretty sold on the idea…riiiight up until we started to realize the reality of washing dirty diapers in hotel laundry rooms and sketchy laundromats.”
Fair. Some people just won’t ever do cloth diapers. And that’s OK.
But you still feel guilty because you know the environmental impacts of using disposable diapers is huge—holy landfills, Batman, are they big.
After all, it can take up to 500 YEARS for diapers to decompose. And besides containing a lot of plastics and petroleum products that never really break down, you also know there are also a lot of artificial fragrances and moisture absorbing chemicals that, ironically, are really bad about causing rashes on little bums.
Yeesh, you can’t win for losing sometimes.
So we set out in search of some hypoallergenic, biodegradable disposable diapers, that will ease your achy breaky environmental hearts (Go you! The planet needs us more than ever).
And while were on the subject, check out our top pics for reusable swim diapers.
Top 7 Best Biodegradable Diapers
#1: Eco by Naty
#2: Earth’s Best Chlorine-Free Diapers
#3: Broody Chick Eco-Natural Diapers
#4: Honest Diapers
#5: Babyganics Ultra Absorbent Diapers
#6: Bambo Nature Premium Baby Diapers
#7: Seventh Generation Free and Clear Diapers
But first, before we get into it…
But Do I Really Need Biodegradable Diapers?
If you registered for these diapers and had to (inevitably) turn down the Pampers, you probably had a lot of skeptics saying you were just being picky. Or like us, had some friends refer to you as the “crunchy” parents.
Or what about this whole spiel: “Back in my day we used these and we were just fine!”
Okay, lovely. Isn’t that your favorite argument EVER?
But the bottom line is, the more people you talked to, the more you realized that babies using conventional diapers just seemed to ALWAYS be rashy, and those that weren’t had long since switched to something chlorine-free and earth friendly.
So the way we see it, you’re saving yourself a step here because biodegradable diapers, as it turns out, aren’t freakishly expensive, are pretty good at what they do, and are way easier on baby skin, in addition to being much lighter on landfills.
What to Look For In Biodegradable Diapers
The market for all things baby is OVERWHELMED with labels like “green” and “all natural”, and it’s crazystupid hard to tell which ones are full of it and which ones are legit.
Here are a few things I looked for when shopping biodegradable diapers:
Because hot damn, do babies need a lotta diapers.
We wanted something that was as hypoallergenic and eco-friendly as possible.
If it doesn’t hold the poop, it’s not makin’ it into my diaper bag.
The Top 7 Best Biodegradable Diapers
These are some of the most affordable and eco-friendly diapers you can buy at around $0.26/diaper. Made from corn and wheat starch, these diapers are chlorine-free (a mega skin irritant), and 100% latex, dye, and fragrance free. This one’s GREAT for overnight use and heavy-wetters, and has a great around-the-leg fit.
Okay, I’m just gonna say it—the price on these is definitely more than your average diaper. At $0.56/diaper, a 32 pack of these will cost you around 20 bucks. Yowza.
Still though, these are easily the most eco-friendly diapers I’ve ever seen. 100% biodegradable and with NO petroleum-based products, these are super duper hypoallergenic and gentle on the planet, and they’re actually pretty decent at catching excrement, too (SCORE).
This is a good and reasonably priced diaper (at $0.35/diaper) that fits really well and comes in a TON of adorable prints and patterns. Honest Diapers are also made of wheat and corn materials. Heads up though—they’re not 100% biodegradable because of the spandex and petrochemicals used in them, and a lot of parents report issues with leaky poos. Yikes.
I wanted to 1,000% love these babyganics diapers because they are just so stinking affordable at $0.25/diaper. While they’re SUPER soft and fit pretty well, though, they’re also notorious for leaks and blowouts, and I was a little skeeved out by how little information was available on what was actually IN them.
“Plant-based materials”—whatever that means.
Another diaper that’s certified for its hypoallergenic materials, Bambo Nature diapers are FANTASTIC for babies with sensitive skin. They’re fragrance and latex-free, though the packaging doesn’t specify whether they use chlorine (something I’m kind of particular about). These diapers are made of wheat starch and are SUPER soft, but are a little spendy at $0.47/diaper.
Okay, so I’m gonna level with you here—these diapers have a green leaf on them, and that makes them about that much greener than a pack of Pampers Swaddlers. It’s the kind of diaper you love before you scratch the surface. They’re $0.35/diaper, so that’s reasonable enough, and the core is free from chlorine and fragrances.
That said, these diapers are notorious for shedding gel beads all over your baby’s bum, leak like CRAZY, and are still crazy rough and scratchy, despite being so very, erm, inorganic.
Green is way too broad of a term these days, and picking through the BS to find brands that actually put their money where their mouth is is tricky—but there are a few.
Decide how much you’re willing to spend and how far you’ll go for biodegradable diapers, but rest assured, the people have spoken, and the Diaper Making Demigods are finally starting to listen.