If you have a baby, diapers aren’t an option; you have to use them. However, you do have a choice of what diaper you buy for your child. The two main contenders are either cloth (reusable) diapers or disposable diapers.
Since cloth diapers are reusable and slightly more sustainable than disposable diapers, they may seem like the top choice. However the major downside to reusable diapers is the amount of water, electricity, and detergent it takes to clean them. Depending on the fabric, reusable diapers may not be as absorbent as disposables, leaving your baby at risk for rashes.
Disposable diapers are good time-savers; you can just toss them and go without having to worry about washing them. When you and your baby are out in public, disposable diapers are ideal because you can throw them out in the appropriate destination. Unfortunately most disposable diapers are made with questionable ingredients like polypropylene and polyethylene (just to name a few). Since disposable diapers are made with these synthetic components, they end up in a landfill and are far from biodegradable.
What Should They Have In Common?
Both reusable diapers and disposable diapers are options for you and your child. The constant between these two selections should be…you guessed it, cotton! Cotton used in each type of diaper means they will both be: biodegradable, breathable, strong, and natural.
Purified Cotton™ would be the obvious choice for the ideal diaper because it is the purest natural fiber on the planet. Some diaper companies call themselves “green”, but only use cotton on the back sheet because it gives the feel of cotton. However, cotton on the back sheet is pretty much useless to the health of the baby. It is the components of the top sheet that matter most. That’s where Purified Cotton comes in.