Bamboo Diapers: the Sustainable Alternative to Dirty Disposables

April 21, 2019

bulldozer atop landfil

Disposable diapers sure seem like a great invention, right? I mean, who has the time to deal with the mess of washing all those nasty nappies? The truth is, while disposables make diaper changes quick and painless, the environmental impact is anything but short-term. Mother earth is left holding the bag long after you trash those plastic poop balloons.

 

If you collected all the diapers discarded in the US in just a single year, you'd be able to fill 30 Empire State Buildings. 💩🏙☠️

Over 20 billion disposable diapers end up in landfills each year in the U.S. alone, accounting for 3.5 million tons of waste. That's a lot of dumps dumped in dumps. Disposable diapers are the 3rd highest volume consumer item in landfills, and account for 30% of non bio-degradable waste. Over the course of two years, a single baby accounts for 2000 pounds of discarded disposables in landfills— a literal ton of toxic waste [1].

 

Q: What do a diaper and a Dodge minivan have in common?

A: They both burn fossil fuels. ⛽️👶🚗

If you thought that baby's leftovers were the dirtiest thing deposited in disposable diapers, then get a load of this. Over 300 pounds of wood and 50 pounds of petroleum precursors are required to produce a year's worth of traditional disposable diapers for just ONE BABY! All together, disposable diapers in the U.S. consume over 250,000 trees and 3.4 billion gallons of oil [1]. That's enough to power over 5 million minivans!


It's 30 years later, do you know where your disposable diapers are? 📅🗑😱

Guess what? It gets worse. Traditional disposable diapers rely on petroleum-based plastics for their linings and absorbent materials, and as a result, they may take 250-500 years to fully decompose in a landfill [2]. That means that the disposables your parents used for you will still be decomposing when your great great grand kids are in diapers, and that the first disposable diaper ever tossed out is still sitting right where it was discarded. Meanwhile, billions more are being piled on top every single year.

 

Bamboo to the rescue. 🎍😊👻

Unlike traditional disposables, bamboo diapers use soft, bamboo fibers for their inner and outer linings, which means that over 80% of the material in each diaper is biodegradable. Bamboo is naturally soft and silky, and bamboo's natural absorbent and moisture-wicking properties help keep babies dry. All disposable diapers on the market today use SAP (super absorbent polymer) to aid in absorption, which is petroleum-based and not biodegradable, but it is safe and non-toxic, and new research into biodegradable alternatives looks promising.

 

Bamboo is a sustainable and renewable material.🍃🌍👌🏽

Bamboo forests require less water to produce compared to cotton (used in most disposable diapers), and require no pesticides or fertilizers. Bamboo also regenerates its own roots, meaning that it does not require replanting after harvest, and has less harmful impact on the land where it is cultivated [3].  In addition, because bamboo is naturally absorbent, it eliminates the need for plastic liners, so more fossil fuels stay in the ground, and out of landfills.

 

Boo diapers decompose over 60% in just 75 days (tell your friends).🏆👯‍♀️👏🏽

These aren't your daddy's disposables, these are sustainable bamboo diapers. They're also made from soft, natural, and hypoallergenic materials, and are naturally latex, pvc, phylate, dye and fragrance free. When you choose Boo, you're making a choice that's good for your baby and good for the planet.

That's a choice that we can all feel good about— dry & happy babies today, wearing diapers that won't still be sitting in landfills when their great, great, great, great grandkids are learning to wiggle, roll, crawl and walk.

 

Join boo

 

Sources

[1] 

https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/dangers-of-disposable-diapers

[2] 

https://www.livestrong.com/article/149890-environmental-impact-of-disposable-diapers/

[3] 

https://goodonyou.eco/bamboo-fabric-sustainable/


Sizing Chart

Size S: 6-15lbs

Size M: 14-21lbs

Size L: 19-29lbs

Size XL: Over 25lbs

*All babies are different, so please use these guidelines as a point of reference. Your baby's exact size may vary.