Did you know a disposable nappy can take up to 500 years to decompose? With the average baby going through around 1,500 nappies per year, that’s a massive amount of waste going into landfill.
As a parent, you want something that is comfortable and gentle on bubs skin, but also something that is cost-effective and, if you’ve heard about the damaging effects of the most common, mainstream and generic nappy brands, you might also be looking for something that’s eco-friendly too. There are many types of eco nappies to choose from, and while modern cloth nappies (MCN) are an improvement from regular disposable nappies because they can be washed and reused, they still contribute to landfill when thrown away, require the use of chemicals, water and electricity to clean, and are not convenient for busy families. By switching to eco, biodegradable disposable nappies, you can help the environment while providing your bub with a healthier choice of nappy. The ease and convenience of being able to throw away your nappies instead of washing them is a plus. You save water and soap from being used by throwing away the nappies and do not add to landfill because the nappies are biodegradable. If you're thinking about using or switching to eco nappies, check out Progeny Nappies and our list of benefits below. The Progeny range of nappies are lightweight, ultra-absorbent, comfortable, and they are an Australian-owned business. Progeny also offer a trial pack purchase on their website for piece of mind before purchasing.
BENEFITS OF ECO NAPPIES
More comfortable for bub
When choosing a nappy brand, the main priority for most of us is to find one that keeps baby comfortable and dry. Bamboo is arguably the softest option when it comes to nappies and is the gentlest on delicate baby skin (no rashes and non-toxic). As a naturally porous fabric, bamboo is more breathable than other types of nappies and helps to draw moisture away from the skin. This also means that they are more elastic and fit comfortably around your baby’s bottom.
Better for baby skin health
Aside from the comfort factor, ensuring your bub is protected against rashes, irritation and other nappy related health concerns is probably at the top of your priority list. Made from non-toxic natural bamboo fibres, bamboo nappies provide natural protection for the health of your baby’s skin. This is because bamboo is:
Nappy rash resistant
As a highly breathable fabric, bamboo nappies also produce less odours (even when left wet) and help to regulate the temperature inside the nappy which further reduces growth of bacteria. With Progeny Eco Nappies, the backsheet is also made from compostable non-GMO cornstarch, in lieu of synthetic chemical PLA and certified with Oeko-Tex Standard 100, Product Class I (Infant Articles). This means that Progeny's Eco Nappies don’t require chemical treatment, so you can rest assured that your baby’s sensitive skin won’t experience irritation or nappy rashes associated with other nappies.
Super absorbent for a drier tush
The last thing you want is for your bub to be running around with moisture chafe, or to wake up in the middle of the night feeling wet, uncomfortable and unable to sleep. Bamboo nappies are approximately 70% more absorbent than cotton, with the ability to soak up three times its weight in liquid (more comfortable and there are less leaks!)
This is especially important for toddlers who are having issues with bed wetting as the absorbency allows for a better and longer night’s sleep without the discomfort of a soaking wet nappy.
Environmentally friendly Bamboo
One of the biggest advantages to using bamboo is the fact that it’s an environmentally-friendly resource. Bamboo is the fastest growing plant in the world with some varieties growing at a rate of 90cm per day. When it is harvested, bamboo will grow new shoots from it’s root system so there is no need for additional planting or cultivation. Because bamboo grows and regenerates so quickly it is an easily renewable resource that does not require any chemicals, pesticides or fertilizer.
The best bit? Bamboo absorbs 5 times the amount of carbon dioxide, tolerates the extremes of drought and flooding and generates 30% more oxygen than trees!
Overall, bamboo eco nappies are a win-win. Eco nappies are 100% biodegradable, with a decomposition process that presents no pollution or harm to the environment. Visit the Progeny website for more info, benefits and eco-friendly baby products.