You may have arrived on this page because you are considering eco nappies for your newborn or little person and perhaps you are researching for the best Eco nappies?
When you are researching for the best Eco nappies, it is good to check the genuine efforts as some brands tend ‘greenwash’ their products.
In this review, we provide transparent information to help you find the best eco nappies.
What are eco nappies?
I am glad you ask as there is a lot is confusing around eco nappies. Often it is thought, that purchasing eco nappies, is automatically a more sustainable choice. But is it really?
However, the percentage of chemicals used in Eco nappies is significantly lower than in regular disposable nappies; most eco nappies still have some chemicals required for adequate performance.
How do Eco nappies try to be more sustainable?
Some Eco nappies use products like corn starch for absorbance purposes. However, the percentage of Sap (Super Absorbent Polymer) might be less; some are required to ensure sufficient absorbency for the eco nappies.
Let’s make the statement clear that eco nappies are likely made from an x amount of biodegradable materials. However, they do still contain a percentage of on natural materials and are definitely not automatically compostable. It strongly depends per brand how high the percentage of plant-based materials is used suitable to biodegrade.
Eco nappy brands are trying very hard to make more sustainable and natural nappies, which is great. Individual brands will differ in how sustainable their nappies are; they will all aim for constant improvement to make the most sustainable product that will perform great.
What is biodegradable?
Biodegradable means that the product will break down over time when exposed to microorganism and bacteria. It will depend on the circumstances how long it exactly will take to break down completely. Before a product can be called biodegradable in Australia, the following details have to be met:
- The item should not have a toxic effect on the garden compost results.
- A minimal of 90 % of the material has to be broken down in 180 days.
- Also, 90% of the item should des integrate into pieces less than 2 mm in compost in less than 12 weeks.
- Plastic materials used should be made from at least 50% organic materials.
- Heavy metals can only be present underneath the accepted levels.
To learn more about the differences between biodegradable and compostable items, you can learn more here.
‘When researching for the best eco nappies learn to look for independent eco-credentials such as brands like Bamboo Nature, Muumi and Moltex’ and try to stay clear from brands who can’t show you their sustainable efforts’
Are there compostable nappies in Australia?
To produce a compostable nappy in Australia, the Australian Standard 4736-2006 (certified for Industrial composting) have to be met, and to certify for home composting, Australian Standard AS 5810-2010 have to be met.
Several brands have recyclable or compostable packaging for their eco nappies which is a great start, but eco nappies and compostable nappies are two different things. Compostable nappies can not have any plastic. However, all eco brands try to minimize plastic they use in the nappies. They still contain some to allow the nappy function properly; especially the tags require plastic.
Now to get back to the question, are there disposable compostable nappies in Australia?
Well, we are excited to say YES, there are compostable nappies in Australia indeed!! For parents who want to take their sustainable journey one step further, compostable nappies are here.
We have recently found a brand that sells certified compostable nappies in Australia endorsed by compost Australia, inspiring and fascinating indeed. However, there are still many challenges to concur regarding disposing of the nappy by commercial composters; the beginning of change has to start somewhere.
What about Ecoriginals, no they are not as compostable, but are they the best Eco nappies in Australia?
Details about Ecoriginals
Let’s first share the details of Ecorginals with you. For this trial, we are using nappies size 4.
- Eco nappie-Ecoriginals
- Size-4 (10-14 kilo)
- Price per 20 nappies-$19,95 ($0.99 per nappy)
- Bulk Price 120 nappies- $109.95 ($0.91 per nappy)
- The packaging is home compostable (not the nappy)
- Unique technology used with Plant cells
- 12-hour protection for wetness
- Ecoriginals are free from phthalates, bleach and fragrances
- Ecoriginals break down in 90 days at landfill *(if disposed of correctly)
- Ecoriginals are 90%biodigrdable
Ecoriginals are made with a high percentage of plant-based materials and are 90 per cent biodegradable. However, most of these nappy are plant-based; a small percentage of polyethylene is used to ensure the nappy’s strength and flexibility.
How about the performance of Ecoriginals?
Understandably, it is a constant juggle to balance performance and sustainability when creating an ‘eco-friendly nappy’. Creating a greener nappy is what we all want, but obviously, we still expect adequate performance as well, don’t we?
‘Ecoriginals claim to break down within 3 months on landfill sites when disposed of in biodegradable liners or newspapers. The newest launched Ecoriginals are made from 90% plant-based biodegradable materials
As perhaps with most products, there are many reviews on the internet about Ecoriginals, both positive, but quite a few negative as well. Recently Ecorignals are updated, and the new nappies suppose to have improved 40% in absorbency. Still, we have been reading quite a people having issues with the absorbency of Ecorignials. . Some people also mention issues with tags not staying in a place with the new version of Ecorignials.
(Perhaps these have been startup issues while launching their newest edition nappy. Hopefully, these issues have been cleared by now; however, we wanted to mention these issues to ensure we give you helpful and transparent information).
Of course, we had to trial Ecorignials our selves and we have ordered a trial pack of Ecoriginals to give them a test. We ordered Size 4 (10-14 kilo) for our 11-kilo baby.
We tried Ecoriginals, and they performed fine for us. They are nice and soft and not bulky. At this stage, the nappies are entirely plain, but they will change this, and they get a little colour on them with the size, which is very handy for parents using different sizes for different children.
We personally hadn’t any issues with absorbancy or tags not staying in place fine. The fitting of the nappy was fine too, no issues what so ever. As per the image, you can see the nappy have a fairly high waist which is nice.
Ecoriginals perform fine during our trial so far; however, we find the price on the high end compared with the other eco nappies. Perhaps you pay the extra money towards the high biodegradable rating. However, probably it will all depend on your budget as well to consider Ecorignals as an option.
We like Ecorignals and don’t mind using these eco nappies, but we find the pricing firm. If you consider Ecorigianls for your baby, I would recommend a trial pack to determine what you think of these eco nappies. Personally, I would recommend a combined trial pack where you can try several eco nappy brands to have a good feel of the product before you potentially commit to one brand.
Eco nappies trial packs
Did you know you can order trial packs from most eco nappy brands for a small expense? You can either choose for two nappies of the preferred brand you like to try, or you can order a trial pack including different eco brands.
If you are keen to trial eco nappies, checking out the trial pack is definitely word considering. All babies have different sizes and shapes, and a nappy perfect for one baby might be the worst fit for the other.
Also, one baby might be a heavy wetter and need more absorbency in the nappy used. This kind of differences will make a significant difference a nappy may perform for one or not for a baby.
Trialling out different nappies will give you a good feel from the product and testing out the trial pack is an affordable way to take advantage of the opportunity.
A final thought on the best Eco nappies?
Previously we have trialled several eco nappies, including Noopii, Moltex, Bambo nature and Muumi Eco nappies. I have to say that I honestly was surprised by the quality of all Eco nappies. Some eco nappies like Moltex, Muumi and Bamboo nature have independent eco-credentials and excellent sustainable nappy choices.
We admit that we did doubt Eco nappies’ performance, and we felt hesitant about the performance, but they definitely did perform above my expectations.
We struggle most with some prices charged for Eco nappies, and we find that Ecoriginals are definitely on the high-end price compared to the other eco nappy brands who don’t compromise on performance. However, the price of Ecoriginals comes down a little (approx )$0.83 per nappy) when purchasing in Bulk compared to $0.90 per nappy purchase per pack($19.95 for 22). So this is definitely something to keep in mind.
Perhaps Ecorignials have a slightly higher price tag to pay for higher biodegradable efforts. However, some other brands like Moltex Bamboo nature and Muumi make great sustainable efforts and even have independent eco-credentials. Just remember that buying eco nappies in bulk will give you in most cases the cheapest option as most brands give you a discount when you purchase in bulk.
We hope this article was helpful in your nappy journey to find the best eco nappy for your bub and if you have any feedback or comments, please leave them below.
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