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What Diapers Are Biodegradable?Here are Eco Friendly Diaper Options

Are Diapers Biodegradable?

It is sadly that most diapers in use today are not biodegradable or eco-friendly. Traditional diapers are made from non-biodegradable petrochemical-based materials and plastics. They typically contain petroleum, polyester, stearyl alcohol, thermoplastic polymer, polyacrylic acid, fragrance, and many more kinds of materials. Some of these materials, such as plastic and petroleum, end up breaking down extremely slowly. A typical disposable diaper takes hundreds of years to fully decompose, but do slowly degrade in landfill to leach toxic chemicals into the air, water, and soil, harming wildlife and the planet as a whole.


What Diapers Are Biodegradable?

There are many diaper options on the market, some claiming to be environmentally friendly diapers or sustainable diapers. But the truth is not. The materials of diapers could be bamboo, cotton, non-woven polypropylene, cellulose pulp, wheat starch, and more. While each material has its pros and cons, given the significant environmental impact of disposable diapers, the biodegradable diaper must avoid plastics and petroleum derivatives wherever possible.  Diapers made out of natural fiber materials such as cotton, and hemp are viable and sustainable alternatives to traditional plastic-in diapers. Winner Medical uses 100% pure cotton to make eco disposable diapers. Cotton is a biodegradable natural fiber that has been proven to be useful as a fertilizer in about 120 days of industrial composting. Winner Medical does not add any chemical additives such as chlorine, artificial flavours, dyes, etc. in the production process. The additives not only threaten the health of the baby but also have a great impact on the environment after being discarded after use.


Are Eco-friendly Diapers Worth It?

The answer is clear. The average baby goes through nearly 7,000 diapers before potty training, making disposable diapers the 3rd-largest source of household waste in the U.S. With biodegradable diapers, families can reduce household waste significantly during the first years of a baby’s life. More than that, by switching to new, biodegradable disposable diapers, you can help the environment while providing your child with a healthier choice of diapers. Furthermore, the ease and convenience of being able to throw away your diapers instead of washing them is a plus. Also, you save water and soap from being used by throwing away the diapers. Yet, you do not add to landfills because the diapers are biodegradable. Many parents worry about the chemicals that can be found in traditional diapers as well as about harsh plastics interacting with their baby’s skin. With biodegradable diapers, it’s a win-win for everyone.


Where Can I Buy Eco-friendly Diapers?

While there are a few different types of eco-friendly diaper options, we're purely focusing on disposable options here. 

The first step is to check the raw materials before choosing the diaper supplier. When checking diaper raw materials, natural unprocessed materials are definitely the first choice, avoid bamboo/rayon as this is a chemically intensive fiber. But different materials also have advantages and disadvantages, it’s up to you what you go for. Cotton has been cultivated and used by humans for more than 7,000 years, and cotton has more natural and soft properties than other materials. It is widely chosen and trusted by consumers around the world, especially in Asia, where cotton products are considered a symbol of naturalness and safety. Diapers made from 100% cotton are the best choice for biodegradable diapers.

Then you need to check what it’s made without. As well as the materials it’s made with, you also want to check what the diaper is made without. When choosing eco-friendly diapers, you also want to prioritize your child’s comfort. So it’s important that the diaper is made without chlorine-based products, bleach, fragrances, dyes, volatile organic compounds, dioxins, and more. Babies have sensitive skin and diapers made with these chemicals are prone to diaper rash, so avoiding these chemicals is essential.

An important but easily forgotten point is to check the manufacturer. When choosing eco-friendly diapers, you should choose a factory with the concept of green and low-carbon production. Winner Medical insists on using 100% natural cotton as raw material for production and also achieves low-carbon green production through various methods such as process innovation in the production process. The company's comprehensive energy consumption in 2021 is 40,176 tons of standard coal, a decrease of 3.74% compared with the previous year. Besides, Winner vigorously promoted the construction of green factories and carried out a series of projects (including completed projects and projects under construction) in water reuse, photovoltaic power generation, balanced power grid and waste heat recovery. These projects are of great significance in controlling water pollution, developing green energy, improving energy utilization efficiency, saving energy, and reducing emissions.




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