eco friend-lier diapering
It should come to no surprise that disposable diapers *AND* wipes are pretty much AWFUL for our environment. You can google the effects they have, and I hope it might make you rethink your next Pampers purchase. Not to judge or make you feel bad, (because you may not even know) but to care for the beautiful Earth that our babies will be living their life in, healthy and strong and beautifully. I didn't know how awful these products were for our world until I looked it up, and it's honestly appalling. Here's one easy to read article, that'll hopefully make ya think! Click HERE.
I'm definitely not the most eco conscious human being, but at the start of this year we decided as a family we'd really like to cut down on as much waste, plastic, and other negative environmentally impacting things such as disposable diapers. We stocked up on some cloth diapers and tried a few different brands, two of them leaked every single time and I was so annoyed so I bit the bullet and spent the extra $ for BumGenius because of their reviews, and so glad I did! We landed on the 5.0 Pocket style because I liked that the amount of absorbency is customizable as opposed to all in ones. So you can add extra liners (makes a fluffier but though) for longer periods without changes (overnight), which I really liked after dealing with so many leaky cloth diapers. I also love that they're are one size fits all (the snaps) so they can fit from tiny baby to big toddler (both my girls can wear them!). So the price upfront is definitely more costly than a box of Costco diapers, BUT the longterm payout is undeniably cost efficient. What's more, a lot of people actually do reusable wipes (we haven't done this though) to save even more on monthly costs and the environment. Pretty amazing!
We started potty training Nora, and I ended up getting lazy with Mabel's diaper laundry in the process because honestly our stash isn't quite big enough to go more than a day without washing, so we ended up going to our Bambo Nature disposables which are one of the only eco-friendly disposable diapers on the market. Here's a snippet straight from Bambo:
"Bambo Nature disposable diapers are more than just eco-friendly—they’re safe and offer supernatural performance! Free of harmful chemicals and all known allergens, our diapers have a unique three-layer design and super-absorbent core that can stand up to multiple wettings—even overnight. Combined with our fully breathable backsheet, baby's sensitive skin will stay dry and comfortable. A wetness indicator changes color to indicate when a change is needed and our flexible, waistband and latex-free leg cuffs help diapers stay in place while maximizing movement so your child can boot, scoot and boogie all day long."
We genuinely love them and are so grateful for the option when we need them! Also, let's be real, sometimes it sucks washing poop :)
Now onto wipes - I'm absolutely amazed at the Joonya Wipes. I didn't even know biodegradable wipes were a thing, but these are AMAZING. They are completely hypoallergenic (perfect for sensitive bums), they actually have grit, so it doesn't feel like the wipe are just sliding around a dirty butt, but actually wipes it off. 100% WELL WORTH THE PRICE - especially since they aren't filling our landfills. Here's more of their story"
"The idea for the Joonya eco-store was born out of frustration with existing options. Most eco-themed baby products are far too expensive, considering that many are not offering an ideal product to begin with. On the other hand, the cheaper options most of us are forced to use are made by large multinational companies who rely on their marketing and distribution channels to flood the market with inferior products. We strongly believe that parents should not have to sacrifice the health of their baby or the environment in order to afford a quality product. It is our sincere hope that our customers support our vision as we expand into new categories. The days of the multinational companies' market domination are coming to an end. Smaller, more customer-focused and ethical brands such as Joonya can thrive in the new era by offering a direct-to-consumer, online model that bypasses traditional channels."
Like I said, we aren't professional economical life savers, but we do try to be realistic and make changes where we can, because it IS important and these small changes DO make a difference. It may not be a dent from only us, but if our changes help others make changes as well... then eventually it will be a huge difference and that's totally worth it!
Here's our favorite eco-friendlier diaper products :)