If you are a parent on the hunt for the next best thing to cloth diapers that doesn’t involve washing literal crap out of them every day, eco-friendly disposable diapers are here to save the day. Of course, being disposable is inherently less eco-friendly than being a washable diaper-shaped cotton wad that gets reused until your kid is potty-trained and then passed along to your next kid. But honestly, who on earth has the time or the washing machine power or the wherewithal to do the cloth diapers thing in 2020? Not I. I am, after all, a single parent; I don’t have time to shower. But hey, if you’re a cloth diapering eco-warrior superhuman, absolutely more power to you. I salute you! But back to the task at hand: Making our Bad Disposable Diaper-Using Parent environmental impact just a teensy, weensy bit Less Bad with the help of the best eco-friendly disposable diapers out there.
We’ve already shared a ton of amazing eco-friendly baby products that are good for your kid and good for the planet, but diapers can be the one remaining eco-thorn in your side. After all, a baby goes through so many diapers in a day, over so many days, over so many years before they’re finally truly potty-trained (I type as my 4.5-year-old pees his pants yet again because he’s “too busy to go find the potty” ugghhh). And with all the plastic in run-of-the-mill diaper brands, it’s enough to make a busy parent feel like we’re singlehandedly dooming our planet to die.
Not so with the eco-friendly disposable diapers on the market today. Crafted from sustainably sourced and (this part is key) biodegradable ingredients such as bamboo and organic cotton, the brands we’ve rounded up make eco-friendly disposable diapers that are gentle on your baby’s sensitive butt while also being gentle on our planet. And in 2020, being a little kinder to the planet is the very least we can do. Unless, you know, you’re going to do cloth diapers. In which case, can we interest you in some of these eco-friendly cleaning brands that are also kid-safe? Because smart parents know to keep all the spray cleaners nearby for any diaper-changing mishaps — and hey, that holds true whether you’re cloth diapering or using alllllll the cute eco-friendly disposable diapers ahead.
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A version of this story was originally published in August 2020.