From the moment they make their appearance on Earth, babies are the cutest, cuddliest waste-making machines that you’ve ever seen. In just the short time between birth and the completion of potty training, the average child undergoes anywhere from 6,000 to 10,000 diaper changes! In many families, this means that for each child, a mountain of toxic, plastic disposable diapers are transported to the landfill where they start the long process of breaking down and leaching into the soil.
According to industry data from Franklin Associates and the American Petroleum Institute, 3.5 billion gallons of oil as well as 250,000 trees are used to produce the 18 billion throwaway diapers used in the US each year. Wood is pulped (using an enormous amount of water) and then commonly bleached white with chlorine, a process that produces dioxin, one of the most toxic substances ever made by humans (Care2.com).
Cloth diapers are a more environmentally friendly alternative, but not every mommy or daddy has the resources (or the desire) to store and clean poopy diapers for the first few years of their child’s life. Cloth diapers have also been criticized for their excessive use of water and strong detergents, which is difficult to justify, especially in areas of the world that are experiencing a water shortage.
What is needed is a truly sustainable alternative that will still offer the convenience of a disposable without all the toxic consequences, and thanks to gDiapers, that dream is now a reality!
gDiapers are truly revolutionary, offering parents and caretakers the best of both the disposable and reusable diaper worlds.
You can have the flexibility of a disposable diaper with a 100% biodegradable gRefill, or opt for reusability with super soft and trim-fitting gCloth insert. gDiapers are plastic-free, elemental chlorine free, latex free, and perfume free. Use a biodegradable gRefill or re-usable gCloth inside our newborn tiny gPants and our cotton little gPants. All materials are breathable, just like sports clothing, so babies are far less likely to get diaper rash.
Not only do gDiapers offer a stylish alternative to parents who feel guilty about using disposable diapers, but too overwhelmed or uncomfortable to take on cloth diapers, they also offer sustainable alternative for disposal if you do choose to use the biodegradable gRefill.
You can flush, compost the wet ones, or even toss them in the garbage. Everything that goes into making the biodegradable gRefills gets reabsorbed by the planet in a neutral or beneficial way.
As you might expect, this unique design has earned the gDiapers some well deserved attention from sustainable design experts, and that’s why they are the first consumer packaged good to attain Cradle to Cradle Gold certification, through William McDonough and MBDC.
And with all this efficiency and sustainable attributes, one of the best things about gDiapers is that they are pretty darn cute as well! With these truly green diapers, babies can flaunt their eco-fashion in a rainbow of adorable colors.
If you’re skeptical about their true biodegradability, or just want to know more about the environmental impacts, flush tests and other topics of interest with regard to gDiapers, visit their “Don’t Take Our Word For It” page.
Parents who’d like to try our gDiapers for themselves will be glad to learn that they are available locally in Fort Collins! Look for them at most King Soopers’ locations in Fort Collins and Loveland, and also at Vitamin Cottage and Whole Foods.