Best Biodegradable Nappies
The statistic that ⅓ of our landfills are taken up solely by disposable nappies is shocking, as is the length of time it takes them to degrade.. up to 500 years. 80% of a soiled nappy will decompose and only 50% of an unused nappy will decompose.
Disposable nappies contain ingredients which have a profoundly negative effect on the environment: plastic, gel granules and various chemicals.
Biodegradable nappies are kinder on your baby’s skin, as they are usually unbleached depending on the brand.
Let’s look at biodegradable nappies which decompose within 3 to 4 years. Or if you have time to compost them yourself in a vermicomposter, they will decompose within 12 months or so.
Best Biodegradable Nappies tried & tested
A Swedish brand, free from chlorine, latex, TBT and fragrance. Naturally breathable.
Positives: Feels very organic, paper like so you know they are very breathable. Design is very minimal and natural. Markings on front of nappy for sticking tabs, so you can assess the correct level of tightness across your baby’s belly!
Negatives: Stock is hard to come across. Naty’s own website frequently seems to be sold out and Boots also rarely have full sizing in stock, both in-store or online.
I found the “sticky tabs” were not very stick -which makes it hard if you have a wriggling toddler and only have one shot at closing the nappy. Not Great for overnight nappy- we had a few leaks. Nappy was a little stiff and inflexible.
Scandinavian brand, which received their environmental swan logo for official eco-certified products, along with a (wait for it) Khloé Kardashian Baby Essentials Award 2018. The nappy itself is made with 80% raw paper and are free from chlorine and perfume.
Positives: Handy indicator to let you know when it is wet. Feels very soft, probably from the wheat starch ingredient. Pricing in Ireland is very good- if you buy in bulk you can get a real bargain. They are also known as the “No Rash Nappies”, as they are so hypoallergenic. They do travel packs with wipes and a nappy bag, so you can try them out.
Negatives: Full ingredients not very clear from site. I would not recommend for overnight use, as there were leaks.
An English brand (Emma Bunton and Christopher Money), who are eco-focused, using only sustainable materials that are oxo-biodegradable.These nappies biodegrade within 3 to 4 years. The inner linings of the nappies are chlorine free and made with plant based materials. They are hypoallergenic, so perfect for babies prone to eczema or nappy rash. Kit and Kin works hard at giving back to the environment with the World Land Trust, and for every 10 nappy subscriptions purchased they purchase 1 acre of rain-forest through the World Land Trust.
Positives: Beautiful prints! 4 prints to choose from and if you get their monthly subscription you can choose your own print to receive. The nappy itself is very flexible on baby, great absorbency during the night and incredibly soft on baby’s skin. I was impressed by how transparent Kit and Kin were about their company online and ingredients. The website is incredibly user friendly and the monthly subscription is just amazing value. Environmentally focused.
Negatives: Limited stockists as it is a very new product, so it is currently only available in Ireland from Boots.They recently partnered with Tesco, so hopefully Tesco Ireland will carry the brand also!
Where Online: Kit and Kin offer a great monthly supply option at 25% discount plus free shipping to UK (if ordering from Ireland use AddressPal by AnPost or Parcelmotel).
Boots stock a good range both in-store and online, but at a much higher cost than Kit and Kin website, and don’t currently offer the rest of the range, such as wipes and skincare yet.
Amazon also stock.
These nappies are well made, and have sweet animal prints across the tummy section. I tested these out at night time, and we had no leaks at all, in fact they last up to 12 hours. These nappies state that they are 65% biodegradable and I like how transparent they are with regards to the ingredients in the nappy and specifically how much they biodegrade.
Positives: These nappies are made with natural cotton which makes the nappy very breathable, decreasing the possibility of nappy rash. As this nappy is so breathable I would recommend this nappy for when your little one is teething, and may suffer from nappy rash, as a result. The best solution to nappy rash is of course fresh air, so these are a great support for this period of your baby’s development. If you like your baby to smell fresh they have a subtle sent of aromatherapy oils (Chamomile and Ylang Ylang).
Negatives: The pull up style training nappies are just plane white, with no prints or cute animals, so not a great incentive for a toddler to move to the next stage with such a change to their nappy already.
Beaming Baby website, they also do monthly subscriptions with 25% discounts, and also have their own biodegrable wipes and nappy sacks which are fab too.
Earthmother in Ireland also stock and do great sample packs to try out first.
Amazon worldwide also stock and they do good deals on bulk buys!
So there you have it, those are my favorite tried and tested biodegradable nappy brands on the market. A great option if you don’t have the time or patience for Cloth Nappies. They are dearer than non-biodegradable nappies, but if you buy in bulk, or subscribe to a monthly supply, you may find the price is the same, but your environmental impact is so much less.
Don’t forget to use biodegradable nappy sacks 👌.