Why go natural and eco: nappies

The baby nappy facts

If there’s one thing your baby has immediate and regular contact with following birth, it’s nappies. Outside of bath time, there are very few moments where he or she is without one. That’s why it’s essential to choose products that keep sensitive baby skin top of mind.

Conventional nappy (diaper) brands contain dozens of chemicals, drying agents, fragrances, and dyes exposing your baby’s precious bottom to nearly 50 chemicals every day.

The worst offenders include:

Sodium Polyacrylate. This is a gel that’s added to the inner pad of disposable nappies to increase absorbency. While it sounds innocent enough, it absorbs vital oils from your baby’s skin causing irritation and nappy rash. It’s also been linked to urinary tract infections in girls and staph infections.

Dioxin. This is a by-product of the chlorine used to bleach nappy material and has been classified as carcinogenic. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency in the United States lists it as the most toxic of all cancer-linked chemicals. Not only that, but exposure to it has also been connected to birth defects, skin disease, and decreased immunity.

Phthalates. These chemicals make plastics more flexible and are used to waterproof the outer layer of nappies. While a chemical on the outer layer may not seem worrisome, phthalates are not chemically bound and are continually released through rubbing or touch and can then be inhaled or ingested. Studies suggest that these chemicals mimic hormones and can cause developmental disorders like ADHD and reproductive toxicity.

Keeping baby bums healthy and happy

You can avoid all of these harmful ingredients by using the toxin-free and eco nappy products that you find here. Every nappy, wipe, and baby bum care product is made from safe, sustainable materials that align with Earth Collective’s Wellness & Sustainability Policy.

The impact on planet Earth

Disposable nappies are the third largest consumer item in landfills; that’s 30 percent of non-biodegradable waste! And it takes hundreds of years for conventional nappies to decompose. Eco-disposables are up to 90 percent biodegradable which means there’s an option to compost wet nappies at home; they’re toxin-free, meaning they won’t leach chemicals into landfill; and their manufacturers have increased the sustainability of their supply chains.

Yet, the most planet-friendly of all are cloth nappies. If every mum used just one cloth nappy a day, she could save the planet from 365 disposable nappies each year. As a collective, with this one change, mums could save the planet from millions of nappies each year.

You don’t have to sit one side of the fence—using disposables and cloth together can lessen the planet’s burden. Every action counts.

Science DirectIgenta ConnectAustralian Government, Department of HealthBMJ JournalsWikipedia
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Blair Badenhop

Blair is a wellness copywriter and the host of the Brand Yourself podcast. She’s passionate about living a healthy and conscious lifestyle - taking care of her body, mind and heart; practicing kindness and compassion; and being mindful of her impact on people’s lives and the planet.

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