When you have a new baby, one of the big questions that comes up is "do we use cloth or disposable diapers?" We all know that disposables are easy and relatively inexpensive, but they aren't exactly ecologically friendly, filling up landfills at a record rate. Cloth diapers have been around for ages, and many parents swear by them. They're ecologically sound, convenient, and comfy for baby. In addition to their eco-friendliness, cloth diapers also result in earlier potty training for children who wear them.
Another recent earth-friendly innovation is the compostable diaper. Wet diapers made of compostable materials can be placed in your home compost container to break down with the rest of your compostable waste. (Not the poopy ones, though; see below for more info).
Regardless of which route they choose, new parents in Marin County who choose not to go the disposable route have a few options to choose from.
Alright, I admit it: My kids both used disposable diapers. Not the best thing for the planet I know, but cloth diapers are a pain in the butt (no pun intended). Ecobubs, on the other hand, are new eco-friendly cloth diapers that have recently hit America's shores.
These wool-blend diapers have long been a hit with parents in New Zealand (where with more sheep than people they know something about wool), and can be machine washed and tumble dried and re-used over and over again. Breathable, soft New Zealand wool is combined with microfleece and a removeable microfiber liner to prevent leaks and keep baby dry and comfy.
Ecobubs are extremely absorbant, dry quickly, and can be laundered and re-used quickly, making them a great choice to wear day or night. Ecobubs don't have any pins or covers, either, and require no lanolizing. They're also cute, available in a variety of colorful striped patterns.