I published a new and updated review of “green” diapers (Seventh Generation, Whole Foods 365 Private Label and gDiapers).
There’s a lot of new information, much of it gained from very recent email exhanges with the companies involved, as well as some more thorough research on the net.
The new review complements the old one with many new facts and considerations about:
- The safety of SAP
- The lack of biodegradation of (even) green diapers in landfills
- Polypropolene as an ingredient
- The biodegradability of gDiapers in sewage, and SAP again
- What does “chlorine-free” mean, what’s the difference between ECF and TCF, and does it make a difference, e.g., between green and non-green disposables?
- And where does the woodpulp hail from?
If the article concludes anything, it is that the choice of diapers is not as easy as it seems, even after you’ve made up your mind about “going green”. For instance,
if I accept that SAP is safe and non-toxic to babies and to the environment, all three diapers reviewed here, and indeed all disposables, are acceptable. But then I ask, what about the other ingredients? If the polypropolene bothers me, I should switch to gDiapers. But what about the wood pulp in gDiapers? Does it matter that it is only Elemental Chlorine-Free (ECF) and not Total Chlorine-Free (TCF)? Come to think of it, this ECF claim that is so intensely advertized to make the green diaper look better, also applies to much of the pulp used in Huggies, for instance? On the other hand, how sure can be be of that? And also, some of the Huggies wood pulp comes all the way from Australia, where do Seventh Gen, 365 and gDiapers get their wood…
Suggestions and comments are welcome: please make them to this post (still haven’t figured out the comment-on-pages issue).