Oh life. It has a-changed. Of course it’s to be expected, but it’s severely cut down on my blogging in a way I didn’t expect. I still have lots of pics, but not a lot of time to write anything but stream-of-consciousness, if that. And not much time to upload said pics. I’m debating switching to Tumblr (now that I’ve figured out what it is) but until then…
The cloth diapering routine is going swimmingly now. We switched to AIOs in May and dropped the diaper service (and prefolds and covers!) around the same time. I am the proud owner of around 48 Bumgenius FreeTimes which are just about as easy as disposables (except for the constant wash, dry and repeat cycle). Love!
At night we are still doing disposables. I really want to change to hemp doublers and the like but for now we have a routine and it’s hard to make yourself break out of it. We are however, using Bambo diapers.
We went through a ton of “green diapers” in an attempt to find the best one for us. During this time I lost a lot of trust in 7th Generation, primarily because of how greenwashed their diapers are. I cannot of been the first one taken in by their “brown” diapers – thinking they were “natural” (i.e. not chlorine bleached because they were brown). But in fact, 7th Generation actually DYES their diapers brown. What the heck?
In addition, 7th Gen diapers are not biodegradable or compostable, are not made with all-natural materials, and are not super absorbent. They are, however, chlorine, fragrance, and latex free.
I found this huge review of tons o’ diapers on Baby Gear Lab which ranked Earth’s Best as one of the best in terms of “green-ness” and affordability, but it never worked out well for us. They fit strangely on our girls and did not absorb as well as the reviews on Baby Gear Lab said. That, or my girls are heavy pee-ers because they leaked through nightly unless we changed the diapers again before we went to sleep. Which meant that we needed to wake them up, and who wants to wake a baby up? And…sure the diapers might be greener, but using 2 diapers (each) per night vs. one doesn’t seem very green to me!
So we ended up trying out the most expensive and supposedly most-absorbent disposable diaper on the review list, Bambo. But it’s also the only diaper in the world with the Nordic Swan Eco-Label (the official sustainability ecolable for the Nordic countries). The Nordic swan is a “voluntary license system where the applicant agrees to follow a certain criteria set outlined by the Nordic Ecolabelling in cooperation with stakeholders. These criteria include environmental, quality and health arguments. The criteria levels promote products and services belonging to the most environmentally sound and take into account factors such as free trade and proportionality (cost vs. benefits).”
According to Abena (the manufacturer of Bambo):
- Only wood pulp deribed from sustainable forestry is used.
- Zero chlorine is used in the bleaching process.
- No chemicals/compounds from the Substances of Very High Concern are used.
- No know substances that are harmful to health or the environment, such as:
*Organotins (MBT, DBT, TBT)
*Any chemical or compound that is known as locally irritating or sensitizing.
In addition, Abena says it adheres to requirements on resource consumption, placing criteria on factory emissions into the air, water and land, and they do not use an optical brighteners, skin care lotions, perfumes, essential oils or odor eliminators in their diapers. They have designed an AWESOME absorbent core (I can attest to this!) with less SAP (the gel like stuff that is responsible for absorption in disposable diapers) by using a new wheat starch absorber.
Overall, Bambo is 80% biodegradable. It supposedly is easy to deconstruct for easy composting, but who does that in reality?
The big elephant in the room is the price. I buy them off Amazon for approx. 40 cents each, whereas Target diapers go for about 6 cents each! Huge difference, but I am justifying it because we use only 2 per day (overnight). Besides, Earth’s Best diapers are about 30 cents each so it’s not THAT huge a difference.
Still, I would prefer to go cloth all the way, and as they get older I will probably go for it. I love that by using my AIO’s until the end of the year they will have paid for themselves. That means from 11 months old till they are potty trained, I will be saving tons of money by continuing to use these. Plus, I can resell them for probably half their original value after we stop using them. Win win!
So my crunchy life is filled primarily with diapers right now, and formula and breast milk. Such interesting stuff, ha! But I’m hoping we are starting off on the right foot and that I can teach my children about the choices they make in this life – the effects upon their own bodies, their own communities, and of course, the Earth. Fingers crossed!
Now, who am I kidding? I need Tumblr for the brevity, because I don’t have time for these long posts, but I can’t keep it short!