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The Battle of the "Green" Disposable Diapers

Over the last year or so, I've spent some time reviewing "greener" disposable diapers.   We primarily cloth diaper, but sometimes we use disposables for overnight, daycare, or travel.

Until totally biodegradable diapers become widely available at a good price, I can't imagine disposable diapers being a truly green and economical diapering option.  The chlorine-free diapers, such as the popular Seventh Generation, still contain plastic so they won't break down in a landfill.    

Some of these diapers are greener than others, and some more reliable than others.  Here's the breakdown:

Diaper Name K4G Rating Pros Cons Availability
365 (Whole Foods) Chlorine-Free Diapers ****

- Chlorine-free

- Reasonably priced

- Reliable 

Not biodegradable Available at Whole Foods
BroodyChick Compostable/Biodegradable Diapers ****

- Completely biodegradable and compostable

- Reliable

Unaffordable to the average consumer Not available at most stores.  Here's where you can find them.
Earth's Best Chlorine-Free Diapers  ****

- Chlorine-free

- Reliable

- Reasonably priced

- Contains corn and wheat, which can be a problem for kids with allergies

- Not biodegradable

 Most supermarkets.
Full Circle Chlorine-Free Diapers  *****

- Chlorine-free

- Prices similar to traditional non-chlorine-free disposable diapers

- Reliable

- Cute design

 

- Contains corn and wheat, which can be a problem for kids with allergies

- Not biodegradable 

* I read that these are the same exact diapers as Earth's Best.  Would love anymore info on this.

 Select supermarkets.
Huggies Pure & Natural  ***

- VERY soft

- Cute Winnie the Pooh designs

- Made with some organic cotton, less ink, unscented

- Reliable 

- Not chlorine-free, unlike most of the others on here.  Probably the least green diaper on this list.    Most supermarkets.
Nature BabyCare  ***

- One of the greenest disposable diapers out there because it's partially biodegradable

- Cute designs on them

- More expensive than many of the other diapers on this list

- Not reliable.  Leaked poop almost each time

- In my pack of 35 diapers, there were two broken diapers that wouldn't unfold

Haven't seen them in offline stores yet, but they are on diapers.com
Seventh Generation Chlorine-Free Diapers **** 

- Chlorine-free

- Reliable

- Reasonably priced

 Not biodegradable  Most supermarkets

I haven't seen any other brands of chlorine-free or biodegradable diapers out there, but would love to hear about any other options.