An Eco-Diaper Comparison

While I cloth diaper during the day, I still use disposables on the babies at night. We usually use Target brand diapers (because they are cheap), but I have been looking into other diapering options – especially options that are considered to be eco-friendly. Here’s a quick look at four diaper brands and their eco-claims.

Seventh Generation $11
Ingredient list HERE
Pros:
Cute (if you’re into the brown paper bag look)
They work
Wood pulp core
Chlorine free
Cons:
SAP core (superabsorbent petrochemical)
Dyed outer

The Honest Co. $14
Ingredient List HERE
Pros:
Extremely Cute
They really work (overnight – no leaks)
Chlorine Free
At least partially biodegradable
Wheat/Corn core
Cons:
SAP core
Dyed outer

Earth’s Best $13
No ingredient list *that I could find
Pros:
Chlorine free
Dye free
Wheat/corn core
Cons:
SAP core *(I think – no ingredient list, but they aren’t petrochemical free)

Tushies $17
No ingredient list *that I could find
Pros:
No petrochemicals
Chlorine free
Gel free
Dye free
Cons:
Less absorbent than gel diapers

I have not personally used Tushies or Earth’s Best, but I have used both Seventh Generation and Honest Co and have been happier with their products than I have with more common brands like Pampers and Huggies. I’m really a sucker for the Honest Co prints, even though they aren’t quite as eco friendly.

Do you know of any other eco-brands? How do you like their products?

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  1. Lori S-U -  June 28, 2012 - 11:32 am

    Thank you for this research and post! We’ve used only cloth since the meconium passed, but have been looking into alternatives for when we’re on the road later this fall. We use two-piece cloth (cloth diaper + a cover) so we wre looking at Grovia’s biodegradable inserts that you can use with your covers, since covers can be washed by hand on the road. G-diaper inserts are also biodegradable but are bulky and not contoured like the Grovias). However, some friends and family may not want to deal with our two-piece system so we were considering a package or two of one of the brands you described above. I think we’ll go with either 7th Gen or Honesy Co. if we decide to get some.

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