Diapers are essential to every newborn’s parent, as babies can go through at least 6000 diapers till they are potty trained. The parents’ stress may resolve to them buying run-of-the-mill conventional diapers. Still, they wouldn’t know that at least 3 million tonnes of dirty diapers end up in landfills, often being non-recyclable, laying permanent waste to the surrounding areas.
We have to manage the epidemic of dirty diapers effectively. Fortunately, there have been recent innovations in recent times, with biodegradable, compostable, and recyclable diapers that can be disposed of, at least partially, using nature’s process. In addition, sustainable diapers are chemical-free and provide much more comfort for the baby by removing chemical irritants that do more harm than good.
Since biodegradable diapers are genuinely new – the vast majority of the brands are close to a couple of years old – no investigations have contrasted their medical advantages with non-degradable expendable diapers. Most of these sustainable diapers come in cloth diapers, diapers that are reusable and easy to recycle. These diapers have no chemical irritants at all and use only soft material in industrial production sites. But herein lies the issue:
No matter what type of diaper anyone uses, it all goes to a landfill; at least 95% of diapers do. The meager 5% that is recyclable is not enough to change the actual course of human pollution. When so much waste is piled on top of each other, there is no room for the air to break down the particles and convert them into compost material, which is the main selling point for sustainable diaper options.
It is the case that the wastewater from washing cloth diapers is amicable contrasted to the ooze of toxins, solvents, and hefty metals in squander water from disposable diapers. However, there is no proof that good hints of synthetic materials stay on the diapers to hurt the infants.
The issue is that there aren’t many diaper-specific composting facilities. The company ‘Dyper’ does sell compostable diapers that, after being used, can be sent back for composting at their facility. Still, so far, Dyper is the only company to follow through on it. So many options are out there, and it is easy for parents to be overwhelmed by the prospect since after coming into parenthood, everybody becomes an expert. The parents are then confused and indecisive on what to buy and what is safe for the child. There shouldn’t be so much stress over choosing sustainable options, but unfortunately, with all the complexities of municipalities, waste management, the environment, and the child’s health, it is just that; complicated.
The most crucial aspect for any parent is to figure out what works for them and how they can ease things for their child and their family as a whole.