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The Great Diaper Debate: Not Just Disposable Versus Cloth

The Great Diaper Debate: Not Just Disposable Versus Cloth

The gDiaper may be a viable alternative for parents who do not like the environmental impact of disposable diapers, but who are not comfortable using cloth diapers.

November 7, 2007 —

Americans use more than 50 million diapers every day, which has led to heated debates over the merits, costs, and environmental impact of disposable and cloth diapers.  Recently, an alternative has emerged in the United States: flushable diapers.  A new product called gDiapers (g is for ‘green’) has entered the marketplace and may eventually become an important factor as a hybrid solution to a contentious debate.

Since they were first introduced in the 1960s, disposable diapers have steadily taken over the marketplace.  Parents enjoy the convenience and ease they provide.  Environmentally-conscious companies such as Seventh Generation sell these diapers, but some parents remain concerned about the impact of disposables on babies’ health, as well as their incredible environmental impact.  Though companies claim these diapers are bio-degradable, most end up in landfills, where they may take 500 years to biodegrade.

As a result, activists and ‘green’ parents have endorsed cloth diapers, which they claim are safer and healthier—and not as messy or disgusting as they once were (and you can buy flushable liners to help with the mess). Yet, cloth is not environmentally benign.  There is a cost in terms of the amount of water and electricity used to launder cloth diapers.  And though less harmful than disposable diapers, this impact has led a growing number of parents to search for a viable alternative.   Many believe they have found it in the gDiaper.

The g-diaper is a flushable diaper that has recently been marketed in the United States.  Based on a model that has sold in Australia since the late 1980s, it has gained a small, but growing following since coming on the market in spring 2006.  A bio-degradable diaper that contains no plastic, latex, dyes or inks, the gDiaper has been criticized for leaks and the effort to flush them, but their only serious drawback is that their use is determined by the plumbing situation in a home.  If the gDiaper is something that interests you, make sure your toilet can take a flushable diaper.

Comment on this article:

When you flush it, it does

Submitted by Anonymous on January 12, 2008 - 19:55.

When you flush it, it does it really disappears? This diaper will re-emerge in sewage treatment plant where it's gonna be fished out, dried out, and dumped in the landfill as a solid waste. What's the difference then?

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