What 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.