Disposable nappies review and compare

Our trialists put 14 disposable nappy brands and five different types of cloth nappies to the test.
 
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01 .Introduction

Baby in nappy and tiara

In 2009, Australian babies used 2.1 billion nappies — a staggering 5.6 million per day, according to market researcher IBISWorld. When you're dealing in these kinds of quantities, it pays to find the most cost-effective buy.

For our disposable nappy trial, CHOICE recruited 48 parents and their babies to test 14 popular disposable nappy brands, including three making "green claims". As a separate user trial, we asked five parents to give modern cloth nappies a go.

We asked our trialists to assess:

  • Leakage and keeping baby dry
  • Fit and staying in position of the nappy
  • Durability
  • Each nappy overall

Brands trialled

Disposable nappies

  • Babylove
  • Bambo Nature
  • Coles Dry Fit
  • Comfy Bots
  • Cosifits
  • Especially for Baby 
  • Homebrand
  • Huggies
  • Lullaby
  • Mamia
  • Moltex
  • Pampers
  • Seventh Generation
  • Snugglers


Modern cloth nappies

  • Baby BeeHinds
  • Eenee Weenees
  • Itti Bitty all-in-one (AIO)
  • Itti Bitty snap-in-one (SIO)
  • Pea Pods

What you'll get in this report

  • Trialists' ratings and profiles for 14 types of disposable nappies
  • Profiles for five modern fitted cloth nappies
  • Price per nappy for all nappies we trialled
  • Information on nappies and the environment
  • Our Best Buys and a Green Buy
 
 

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Update - April 8, 2010

After a review of the results of the trial the following three brands are now included in the Best Buy list:

  • Snugglers
  • Comfy Bots
  • Especially for Baby

HuggiesHuggies - Crawler (Boy/Girl) 85%

As in our last test, Huggies outperformed all other nappies by a significant margin. We ascertained that 64% of our trial participants regularly use Huggies. To make sure this didn't influence the results we compared their ratings with those of fellow trialists who use other brands. We found no difference in any of the performance measures.

Trialists’ comments

  • "Let's just say my daughter really put this nappy to the test today - and it managed to contain it all, quite a feat."
  • "Super absorbent and excellent leak protection. Not flimsy or thin like some of the other nappies trialled."
  • "A little too trim widthways, so we had some leakage issues. Otherwise, seems well made, durable and good absorbency."

SnugglersSnugglers – Crawler 74%BestBuy_70

Second in our overall rating, Snugglers was one of the best nappies for guarding against leakage, keeping baby dry, staying in position and fit.

Trialists’ comments

  • “Nappy was quite narrow through the crotch/leg area and this was where it leaked a little.”
  • “I found this nappy to be very good. It was soft, had good, sturdy fasteners, felt very secure on my baby, and looked neat and tidy.”
  • “My favourite so far. My daughter seemed very comfy in this particular nappy.”


Comfy botsComfy Bots - Medium 71% BestBuy_70

Comfy Bots achieved its best scores in fit and staying in position.

Trialists’ comments

  • “We did not like this nappy. Baby was wet and the nappy became uneven and uncomfortable for baby.”
  • “A good product. Fits well and is very absorbent. If this nappy is reasonably priced, I'd be happy to use it”.
  • “A good fitting nappy that protected well against leakage with good absorbency. Very cute jungle print design on nappy.”

Mamia crawlerMamia Toddler 71% BestBuy_70

Trialists rated Mamia nappies (Aldi) well for durability, keeping baby dry and guarding against leakage, but weren't as impressed with its performance for fit and staying in position.

Trialists’ comments

  • "These nappies were very bulky. They did hold up well with good absorbency, this was mainly due to the thickness."
  • "A good nappy that keeps bub dry. No leakage. Just a bit on the large side around the waist (tabs overlapped once done up) but at least they'd be a good fit later on. Nice and stretchy around the legs, they don't cut into the legs like some other brands."
  • "We had a few leakages from this nappy, especially up the back as the nappy was not fitted well across the back."

supreme01Especially For Baby - Size 3 69% BestBuy_70

Especially For Baby achieved its best ranking against the other brands in durability, trialist also rated this nappy well for fit and staying in position.

Trialists’ comments

  • “Not a good nappy for boys as it leaks at the front when wet, over the "top" of the nappy, not from the sides. All of the liquid seems to collect in the very front top, instead of seeping down into the nappy.”
  • "Very happy with this nappy, cute design, great fit, nice and soft. Would buy if it was priced right.”
  • "Stretchy tabs on the back are great - it means the nappy fits really well. Only real downside is that they don't seem to draw the moisture away or hold much moisture at all which makes them smell bad quite quickly."
Bambo

Bambo Nature - Midi 68% GreenBuy_70

Bambo's environmental credentials are independently certified by Nordic Ecolabel and at 62cents per nappy it's cheaper than the two other nappies with green claims. It is therefore a CHOICE Green Buy. It's overall score was in the middle of the pack against the other brands.

Trialists’ comments

  • "Great fitting nappy! Held liquid and number 2's in really well. Nice, roomy fit."
  • "The writing printed on the front of the nappies faded as the nappies became wet, this was a handy wetness indicator."
  • "This nappy was extremely full when it came time to change it. so not certain about the absorbancy, and did not contain the poo that son did, so that was diappointing."

Comfy Bots is placed in the recommended category and achieved its best scores in fit and staying in position.

Also recommended

Dry fitColes Dry Fit - Crawler 72%

Coles Dry Fit rated well for guarding against leakage, staying in position, keeping baby dry and especially for durability.

Trialists’ comments

  • “The one thing I think would have really improved this nappy was if it had some elasticity in the fasteners at the waist. I felt that in order for the nappy to feel secure and leak-resistant I had to do the nappy up quite tightly.”
  • “The hip fasteners only just did up on my 8kg baby, so not a lot of room. “
  • “Seems like a really premium nappy - only complaint is that the tabs might be too easy for the baby to remove and don't stick well to each other (if you have a very skinny baby!).”

Pampers cruiserPampers Cruisers - Active Fit Size 3 71%

Pampers was rated second for fit, staying in position and guarding against leakage but was only ranked average against the other brands for keeping baby dry and durability.

Trialists’ comments

  • “Nappy fits ok but baby was wet and found it to be a bit smelly"
  • “Like the smell and the elasticised tabs. Only downfall is that it is not as good as some others in keeping baby dry.“
  • “Nappy is nicely contoured and fits well, however it is extremely thin - this seems to result in poor durability and low absorbency. May be suitable for very light occasional daytime use only. Possibly the worst nappy I've ever used.”

BabyloveBabylove - Crawler 70%

Babylove archived its best rating for fit and staying in position.

Trialists’ comments

  • “Does not provide adequate protection against leakage at the front for little boys. Only used three of these nappies as all three leaked at the front. “
  • The nappy provided exceptional protection when faced with a massive poo explosion - very impressed.”
  • "Fitted well. Kept skin dry. Absorbent. Ticked all the boxes but I wouldn't buy it because the patterns were so loud you could see them clearly through clothes.”


HomebrandHomebrand - Crawler 70%

Our trialists rated Homebrand (Woolworths) slightly better for guarding against leakage and staying in position but it scored only average for all other criteria.

Trialists’ comments

  • “Fitted well around waist. No leaks but the gel does tend to bunch up, I can't imagine that it was comfortable to wear, I changed him more frequently due to this.”
  • “Seems to be a bit short on padding. Poo leakage from posterior-top - but it was a pretty big poo, so I don't hold too much against the nappy for that one!”
  • “Great fit, good leak protection, very happy.”
Nappies
Brand / product (number of trialists)Overall score (%)#Price per nappy
(cents) [pack size]##
Fit (%)Stay in position (%)Guard against leakage (%)Keeping baby dry (%)Durability (%)
What to buy
Huggies Crawler (Boy/Girl) (44) 85 42 [99] 82 86 84 85 89
Snugglers Crawler (45) 74 31 [108] 76 76 76 75 72
Comfy Bots Medium (45) 71 29 [56] 76 75 72 71 71
Mamia Toddler (Aldi) (41) 71 32 [50] 66 69 73 74 74
Especially For Baby Size 3 (47) 69 31 [116] 72 74 68 69 73
Bambo Nature* Midi (42) 68 66 [56] 73 73 67 65 67
Also recommended
Coles Dry Fit Crawler (45) 72 39 [72] 69 72 72 71 74
Pampers Cruisers Active Fit Size 3 (42) 71 43 [116] 80 79 77 69 69
Babylove Crawler (42) 70 40 [90] 74 73 70 70 68
Homebrand Crawler (Woolworths) (42) 70 37 [16] 70 73 72 70 69
The rest
Seventh Generation** Size 3 (41) 69 68 [44] 73 74 71 67 66
Moltex* Size 4, Maxi (42) 65 77 [80] 64 68 67 69 68
Cosifits Crawler (40) 53 29 [76] 56 58 53 54 55
Lullaby Medium (42) 53 31 [80] 57 57 60 52 54


Table notes

* Independently certified for its environmental features (eg chlorine-free).
** Chlorine-free
#The overall score is a separate score given by the trialists and rounded to the nearest whole number. It's not a combination of other feature scores.
##Price per nappy is based on the RRP of pack size closest to 90 rounded to the nearest cent. You can make considerable savings if you buy a larger pack size and look out for specials. Snugglers has two pack sizes at 72 and 108 nappies per pack, we used 108 as it was better value.

How we tested

48 families received five nappies of each of the 14 brands tested. Each brand was tested for one day during the day only.
Trialists rated the nappies for the following characteristics: initial fit, staying in position, leakage prevention, baby dryness, durability and a separate overall performance score.
The babies were all in the weight range of 7-10kg - usually the crawler range for the nappy brands.
As it is not possible to remove brand names and design from the nappies some of our trialists may have recognized some or all the brands they tested.

7th GenerationSeventh Generation - Size 3 69%

Seventh Generation scored best of the three nappies with green claims in this trial but it is not independently certified and only deals with the environmental impact of chlorine bleaching.

Trialists’ comments

  • "It's a great style nappy. But to be honest I took one look at it and just thought it looked awful! I probably wouldn't use it because it looks terrible.”
  • “These nappies are lovely and soft and baby seemed very comfortable in them as they are a nice fit.”
  • “Leaked urine twice. Skin was VERY wet at every nappy change.”


MoltexMoltex - Size 4, Maxi 65%

Moltex's environmental credentials are independently certified by Good Environmental Choice Australia. However, at about 77cents per nappy (pack size of 80), it's the most expensive nappy in our trial.

Trialists’ comments

  • "Extremely strong grip tabs, fantastic absorbancy, obviously high quality, very impressed."
  • “The size of this nappy was too big. It could have almost wrapped around bub twice."
  • “We had a small leak (poo) with this nappy!”

Moltex has contacted us and told us "Moltex nappies have a unique quirk that the sizes on the packs are often a little ‘out’. (...) we have found over the years that a child at the cusp of any of Moltex’s weight ranges is often suited to a nappy in another range eg a 10kg baby with a slim build is often better suited to the 4-9kg nappy."


CosifitsCosifits - Crawler 53%

Cosifits shared the last place with Lullaby and was the worst-rated nappy for guarding against leakage.

Trialists’ comments

  • "Pretty major poo-leak today (inner thigh area). Sidetabs comfy and stick well, but quality of nappy overall not great. I would not buy this product.”
  • “A good nappy, no leaks and no problems. Wasn't the most perfect fit around the hips though, but apart from that it was great. Loved the design, so nice to see Australian animals :)”
  • “This nappy kept my daughter dry, even when it got very full at one point. Unfortunately it leaked when she had an upset tummy though (i.e. quite runny poo).”

LullabyLullaby - Medium 53%

Lullaby was the worst rated nappy for staying in position, keeping baby dry and durability.

Trialists’ comments

  • "Fit was not that good, had to stretch tabs really hard to connect nappy up at the sides. Seemed to gape at bub's legs a bit.”
  • “The worst thing about this nappy is that it doesn't seem to draw much of the moisture away. We didn't encounter any leaks though some of the gel crystals leaked from almost every nappy. The nappy also didn't have any elastic at the back so it didn't fit as well as some of the others.”
  • I liked the grip tabs' adhesive, it sticks down really well. The nappies have a strong chemical odour which is off putting. The Aussie motif is cute.

Meet the parents

We asked five CHOICE parents & friends to test five different modern cloth nappies and let us know their experiences. Here are our trialists:

Katie and Sophie

Katie & Sophie

Katie, with four-month-old daughter Sophie, used disposable nappies nearly exclusively since Sophie was born but she always intended to use cloth nappies once things were more settled. Just before our trial she started doing so. She sees definite advantages as Sophie seems less prone to nappy rash with cloth nappies. As a downside Katie nominates bulk. While it makes baby easier to hold, and Sophie doesn't mind the extra cushioning while she's crashing about trying to learn how to crawl, it certainly strains the seams of her jump suits and baby trousers.
At the end of the trial Katie now firmly believes she will keep using cloth nappies. She says: “I get great satisfaction from knowing my nappies are environmentally friendly. I'm more certain about this now, having experienced just how little water and detergent is needed to clean them." However, Katie says she would still use disposables when travelling, to avoid the hassle of carrying around heavy, smelly nappies.

 

 

Janet and LeoJanet & Leo

Janet used cloth nappies exclusively with her 11-month-old son Leo. Some of the nappies she uses with Leo and his twin brother Darcy were used previously by her three older children. Janet spent less than $1000 in total on a variety of cloth nappies for her five children. This compares with a total cost for disposable nappies of $10,420 for the cheapest disposable nappy in our trial, up to or $23,230 for the most expensive one – a massive saving. Janet says: “I love not having to think about buying nappies every time I go shopping. I love that most of the modern cloth nappies look good enough to wear as a “bottom” on a warm day, meaning no fiddling around with pants. Just pop on a t-shirt and a cute nappy and off you go!” But she also shares a common dislike: “rinsing the pooey nappies!!! I don’t have a problem with actually doing it, it’s just a little niggly thing that sometimes makes me wistfully think of the days when I used to use disposable nappies, and just roll them up and put them in the bin!”

 

 

Juliet and LucasJuliet & Lucas

Juliet used disposable nappies exclusively with three-month-old son Lucas. She wouldn't contemplate using the traditional 'terry squares' cloth nappies and was put off buying modern cloth nappies because of the upfront cost and limited variety. She was unsure about what would suit Lucas best and thought it was too expensive to experiment with several different brands. During the trial Juliet found that the cloth nappies seemed to stay quite wet, which Lucas did not like. She also found it was too much work at that stage, as Lucas needed nappy changes about eight times per day. "That combined with the bowel habits of a milk-fed baby makes me of the opinion that I would not use cloth with such a young baby. I prefer the convenience and ease of disposables."
Since the conclusion of our trial, Juliet has reported back that she purchased, and is now using, modern cloth nappies with Lucas on a part-time basis. She is finding them easier to use now he is six months old and not requiring so many changes a day. She is also contemplating buying more so he can be in cloth full time.

Joanne and Henry

Joanne & Henry

Joanne and her six-month-old son Henry used cloth nappies through the day and disposable nappies during the night and when they are out and about. Joanne thinks cloth nappies are more breathable as Henry sometimes gets a red bottom with disposables, but not often with cloth. “I don’t find cloth to be much more of a hassle than disposable – I actually find them better for number twos! The only problem I sometimes have with cloth is spillage with number ones,” says Joanne. She is a little worried about how much water she uses when washing the nappies, as she generally does a rinse first (to loosen up any dried bits), and then an extra rinse at the end to remove all the detergent. She does not think drying the nappies is much of a hassle. In winter, she dries them over the heating vent and they dry in a day; on a muggy summer day it can take a day or two. “I don’t mind the washing and drying of nappies – I think it is a small task to do for my son to be more comfortable. And the sight of all those nappies on the line is quite satisfying!,” says Joanne

 

Kate and LiamKate & Liam

Before our trial Kate had tried some cloth nappies with 13-month-old son Liam but had problems with leaks. She put it down to her baby’s skinny thighs not fitting well into the cloth nappy brand she'd bought. In general she thought cloth nappies didn’t fit as well as disposables, are more work and leave a baby damp and hot. Because of her efficient washing machine detergent she thought cloth nappies would be on par environmentally. Our trial showed Kate the variety of cloth nappies available and she now thinks it's simply a matter of finding the right fit for your baby. A bit of practice also makes the routine easier. She will keep using some of the nappies from the trial although she still thinks drying them can be an issue, especially in damp weather. She prefers the cloth nappies that dried quickly. “I liked the way some outers can be reused and another insert used – not having to wash the whole set every time is a good thing,” says Kate.

In previous years we found the great majority of parents (95%) are using disposable nappies. But there's been a shift. One in five of our disposable nappy trialists told us they are using cloth nappies or a mix. And a recent CHOICE Online poll showed 40% of over 1000 respondents preferred cloth nappies. Recent research from the University of Queensland showed that home-washed reusable nappies, washed in cold water in a front-loading washing machine and line-dried, are the most environmentally friendly option. 

There are now a variety of modern cloth nappies that are easy to use and help your purse strings. Our short web search turned up 43 different brands. When you consider a typical baby goes through about 6000 nappies, it's a mountain of nappies that are not ending up as landfill. The main types of modern cloth nappies are:

  • Prefolds: nappies have been pre-folded and are sewn into three vertical panels of differing thickness, they can be put on with diaper pins or any other style fasteners, are placed in a wrap-style diaper cover and secured on the baby. They require a waterproof cover for use.
  • Fitted: A fitted nappy is made from several layers of an absorbent fabric sewn together and shaped like a disposable nappy. This type of cloth nappy is easy to use, but requires a waterproof cover as fluid will seep through.
  • All-in-one: A type of nappy incorporating an absorbent part and a waterproof cover.
  • Pocket:  A pocket nappy consists of an outer shell into which absorbent fabric is “stuffed”. The outer shell is usually made from PUL and the inner part of the shell from a stay-dry fabric. The advantages of pocket nappies is that they are quick drying, trim fitting and the absorbency can be varied according to need. 

Cloth nappies listed in order of ranking by our five trialists, with the best rated one on top. There was a range of opinions, so we therefore suggest you try a brand first before buying a whole set of nappies.

Pee podsPea Pods Reusable Nappies

Price per nappy: $19.95
Available in baby stores or online at www.peapods.com.au

Each Pea Pods nappy comes complete with its own absorbent insert. The absorber is made from bamboo. There is micro-fleece inner lining and a waterproof, breathable outer layer. Each nappy is packaged in a wetbag.

 Trialist's comments

  • "Leaked right through jumpsuit and shorts; fiddly to put back together."
  • "I really like this nappy. It is very soft and easy to use. The only thing I don’t like about it is having to pull the wet soaker pad out of the nappy. Assembly of the nappy is also a little time-consuming – just another job for a busy mum!! But this nappy is lovely, it is worth it. If only it were a little easier to see if there were any “presents”.
  • "It kept baby nice and dry, seeming to pull moisture away from the skin through the first layer of fabric and into the absorbent pad behind. This was easy to remove for cleaning – I just pulled it out from the top and threw padding and nappy into the soaking bucket (with one hand – nifty!). The waist band bunched up somewhat, owing to the fact baby crawled and wiggled a lot while wearing it. When I went to change it I found the front part (where the domes are) scrunched up well below tummy button, which didn't look comfortable (though baby didn't seem to mind)."

 

Itti Bitti

bitti d'lish All-In-one (AIO)

Price per nappy: $27.50

Outer layer made from waterproof and breathable minkee fabric, lined with suedecloth. Three layer, super absorbent microfibre booster sewn into the body of the nappy and a two layer bamboo/organic cotton 'flap' booster, topped with stay-dry suedecloth is sewn into the back of the nappy.

Trialist's comments
  • "Baby liked the feel of this nappy, as we put it on baby was touching it. We had a sloppy poo-leak – I learned the hard way that it needed to be put on tighter."
  • "Very easy to fit to baby. As easy as a disposable. No assembly required. Very good fit. Had no problems with this nappy. It dried in less than a day. As it is an all-in-one nappy, I didn’t have to worry about different components being left behind in the washing machine. Also, less space on the line is needed."
  • "I liked the look of it – with that fuzzy orange cover it was kinda groovy. The legholes were nice and tight – preventing leakage. It didn't keep baby quite as dry as I'd hoped … skin was definitely starting to look a bit red and chafed after a couple of hours in this nappy."


bitti d'lish snap-in-onebitti d'lish Snap-In-one (SIO)

Price per nappy: $29.95

Trialist's rating equal to All-In-One version

Outer layer of made of minkee fabric with a layer of suedecloth. The main bamboo/organic cotton booster snaps in at the front, folds in three and fits underneath the top booster. Two layer bamboo/organic cotton booster is suedecloth topped.

Trialist's comments

  • "Buttock showing quite soon after putting nappy on. Flap popped out on inner thigh. Long drying time and fiddleness put me off this nappy."
  • "Easy to put on (aside from the sizing issue) – elastic was great, very stretchy, making the fit nice and snug. Even though the absorbent layers were only partly wet (about 30%) when I changed the nappy, I noticed a small amount of moisture on the nappy outer, around the inner thigh."
  • "Really like this nappy, seemed to be the most effective (along with the Itti Bitti AIO), dried a little faster than the AIO. Would consider buying these!! Love the minky fabric!! The snap-in feature also meant that separate pieces could be soaked/had extra washing if they were stained, as opposed to having to wash the whole nappy again."

Available at www.ittibitti.com.au

Baby beehindsBaby BeeHinds – BBH hemp fitted

Price per Nappy $25.00, plus cover $12.00
Available at www.babybeehinds.com.au

One-Size-Fits-Most design (approx 4-15kg) made from 55% hemp/45% certified organic cotton fleece. Resin Snap Closure two snap-in boosters (one short, one long). Requires a cover to be worn over the top to keep clothes dry. We used BBH Nappy cover made from two layers of polyester knit with a breathable, waterproof coating sandwiched in-between. Made from 100% polyester.

Trialist's comments

  • "I like using a fitted nappy with a good cover, as I find this is the best leak-free method of cloth nappying! The cover was great – fitted well with room to spare over the nappy. The nappy itself was highly absorbent. Very easy to put on, although with squirmy baby, he thought I was done after fitting the nappy, and objected to lying still for a second time to have the cover put on!!!
  • "Nice design, seems very durable, natural fabric. Very heavy when wet, quite bulky on baby, lots of pieces to put back together!!
  • "“One size fits most” seems like a good idea, but to me, it means that while the baby is still quite small, there is an awful lot of nappy to fit around a little bottom! The yellow cover was easy to put on, but the nappy sticks out at the back. I have to say, I wouldn’t like using this nappy on a smaller baby as there would be more nappy than baby! The nappy was quite bulky, which means that clothes don’t fit properly."

 

weeniesWeenees Eco Nappies Pouch Pants

Price per nappy: Nappy in trial $25.95 (China-made), a $29.95 Australian-made version is also available. We used Microfiber Superabsorbent Cloth Nappies as absorbent pad, packet of six for $28.95. Available at www.eenee.com

Stretchy cotton/elastane outer pants with back Velcro fasteners. They are made with a removable snap in inner waterproof pouch which supports any type of absorbing pad, from pre-fold nappies, rectangular folded cloth, Eenee Microfiber (which we used) cloth to the flushable compostable Weenees disposable eco pads.

Trialist's comments

  • "Looks modern – outer nappy dried quickly when washed. The velco could easily be fastened to fit. I liked it so much I didn’t put shorts on baby. The best of the bunch overall."
  • "I seriously disliked the cloth pads being in direct contact with baby's skin. It meant the bottom was touching the soiled cloth the whole time, which caused the skin to become irritated (and would quickly cause nappy rash) and a bigger, messier wipe down when changing. After I washed the cloth pad after this first use, I noticed a very obvious yellow stain where the soiling had been. This was after five hours of soaking in Napisan, a machine rinse cycle, and a machine wash cycle with hot water!"
  • "This nappy didn’t leak, and it was on when my baby had another nap. I noticed that this nappy left red marks where the ‘soft’ Velcro rubbed on his skin. Fitting the pad into the waterproof pouch is not easy with a squirming baby on the mat. And even if you fit it beforehand, it moves when you pick it up."

Eco-disposables

BamboIn our disposable nappy trial, we included three nappy brands that claim green credentials :
  • Moltex - certified by Good Environmental Choice Australia - 100% biodegradable outer lining and packaging, 40% biodegradable inner lining, chlorine-free and 50% of the material is made from renewable resources from controlled cultivation.
    Verdict: While this nappy is environmentally friendly it’s the most expensive nappy in our test, it’s performance is also comparably poor as it is the third last in overall performance.
  • Bambo Nature – certified by Nordic Ecolabel - biodegradable core with biodegradable starch granules, fully recyclable packaging, chlorine-free .
    Verdict: Environmentally friendly nappy, with 62cents per nappy considerably more expensive than the average nappy but cheaper than the other two nappies with green claims. With a 69% overall performance score it’s a reasonable choice – CHOICE recommends this nappy as Green Buy!
  • Seventh Generation is not independently certified and only deals with the environmental impact of chlorine bleaching.

There's now an Australian eco-disposable made by Eenee Designs, which we weren't able to include in this test as it needs a re-usable gripper belt for usage which is different to the other nappies tested. The Eenee Compostables have been endorsed by Compost Australia as being acceptable for Commercial Composting, or if just urine, they can be home composted. They are also accepted for the green organics bins by a number of councils.

 

MoltexWhat to look for in an environmentally friendly disposable nappy

  • Third party certified by a reputable and independent organisation: brands included in our trial were certified by Good Environmental Choice Australia (Moltex), and Nordic Ecolabel (Bambo Nature). Although not an Australian logo, Nordic Ecolabel is a reputable scheme.
  • Chlorine free.
  • Renewable materials, biodegradable content.
  • ‘Ingredients’ noted, so you can avoid substances of concern to you, for example which you’ve discovered your baby’s skin is sensitive to.
  • Compostable packaging.

Transport – a less obvious environmental impact: The three eco-disposables tested are all imported (some of the others are imported as well), which partially negates some of their environmental credentials. However, Moltex claims to offset the emissions associated with importing the nappies. And there’s now an Australian eco-disposable made by Eenee Weenee, which we weren’t able to include in this test because of the way our user trial operates.

Ignore broad vague claims: check what environmental impact is actually dealt with and if the brand is third party certified by a reputable and independent organisation.

Prefer packaging that’s got ‘recycled content’ and is ‘recyclable’: A baby uses on average 6000 nappies until fully toilet trained. At a pack size of 45 nappies, that’s more than 130 packs of nappies, so at least choose a brand whose packaging has “recycled content” and is “recyclable”, and divert these bags to your recycling bin instead of landfill. Most are recyclable, but some aren’t. Check for the recycling loop. If its plastic, it needs to be a number inside the loop that your local council accepts for recycling.

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