As you have arrived on this page, you are likely interested to learn more about compostable nappies, and you may wonder what the best compostable nappies in Australia are? Good question, and the answer is pretty straightforward as there is a limited choice.
It would be a different story when talking about Eco nappies as they are available in abundance indeed. Anyhow, shell we go on and find out what the best compostable nappies are?
However, we get started on the best compostable nappies very soon; we like to ask you one more question first. Do you know the differences between biodegradable and compostable nappies? If you do, that is great, but just in case you are not 100% sure, we briefly like to discuss this first, so we are all on the same page.
- Difference between Compostable and biodegradable nappies
- Facts of Compostable nappies
- Facts of Biodegradable nappies
- Challenges of biodegradable nappy brands
- Other biodegradable nappies
- Compostable nappies in Australia
- Why was Eenee successful to launch a fully compostable nappy?
- Commercial composting opportunities of Eenee nappies
- What about composting the nappies at home?
- Check out how it works
- The verdict of compostable nappies in Australia VS biodegradable nappies?
Difference between Compostable and biodegradable nappies
So let’s briefly look at the differences between these two eco-friendly nappy choices. Is one much more sustainable than the other? Good question, as the differences between the two eco nappies, can become quite blurry. The real benefits and sustainable benefits of either are not always as transparent as one would wish for. But not to worry, as we are on a mission to make things more transparent for you indeed.
Ok, let’s have a look at some facts…
Facts of Compostable nappies
Compostable nappies are free from plastic and chemicals that could bring harm to trees and the environment. Compostable nappies are less common than biodegradable nappies but generally speaking; they will break down quicker than biodegradable nappies.
To use commercial composting services in Australia to dispose of your compostable nappies, they must be endorsed by composting Australia. However, even though compost Australia supports a nappy, this doesn’t mean that they will accept your compostable nappies.
I know this may not sound very straightforward, and believe me, you are right, as composting nappies appeared to be a complicated matter indeed. One of the main reasons why this matter is so complicated is because the nappies contain human waste.
Some people are working very hard to make changes in the current challenges of disposing of compostable nappies. Depending on where you reside, there are opportunities for some people already. Still, for most, it could be challenging to find commercials composters to dispose of compostable nappies indeed, which is a shame because these nappies will likely end up in landfills.
Facts of Biodegradable nappies
Biodegradable nappies are made from a percentage of plant-based material and have less plastic and chemicals than regular disposable nappies. Still, they contain a percentage of a synthetic material that will take an extended period to break down.
As biodegradable nappies contain a percentage of unnatural matter, eco nappies are not suitable for composting. This could harm trees and plants, and the nappy plastic will take an extended period to break down.
‘It will strongly differ per individual eco nappy brand how biodegradable and sustainable an eco nappy is. Some nappies may only be 60% biodegradable while other eco-friendly nappies are as high as 90% biodegradable.’
Challenges of biodegradable nappy brands
Most commonly, eco nappy brands struggle to find greener solutions for the tags required in disposable nappies and components like polyethylene to make the nappy flexible and stretchy.
Ecoriginals recently updated their eco nappies and claim their nappies are now more than 90% plant-based and biodegradable. This means that 90% of the nappy can break down on landfill sides in 3 months when disposed of correctly, which is quite a significant result.
Still, Ecoriginal nappies are not compostable. However, their packaging is 100 per cent home compostable which is excellent. Therefore, when discussing the sustainable value of the Ecorignial nappy, we have come a long way, and many sustainable goals are achieved.
Did you know it can take up hundreds of years to break down regular disposable nappies? (Yes you heard this correctly, it can take 150 up to 500 years for a plastic nappy to break down on a landfill site). However, it may not be perfect, wouldn’t you agree that reducing this down to 90 days is not less than an extraordinary achievement?
(To achieve the mentioned results of breaking down the Ecoriginal nappy within the three-month time frame, you are expected to use biodegradable nappy liners bags or a newspaper to dispose of the nappy).
Other biodegradable nappies
As you probably know, Ecoriginals are not the only eco nappies out there; as a matter of fact, there is quite a bit of choice when browsing for greener nappies as they have become quite popular.
However, many nappy choices; can be challenging to find a genuine sustainable nappy, though, as ‘greenwashing’ is not uncommon. Nevertheless, there are a few excellent sustainable choices out there with genuine sustainable efforts.
Some brands like Bamboo Nature, Moltex and Muumi have their own independent eco-certification, which gives you a good guideline to choose a genuinely sustainable product.
Other than Ecoriginals nappies, the brand Bamboo Nature is quite a popular choice as well, and they offer an attractive saving if you choose to purchase their nappies in bulk. To mention a few more, there are Moltex nappies which are recommended for kids suffering from eczema.
Another nappy choice that will leave a much lower eco-footprint is the Finish Muumi eco nappy brand and the Nordic Swan Eco Label back up their sustainable efforts. Muumi also has a Finish certification for asthma and allergies.
If you are keen to try out eco nappies, a sample pack is recommended before committing to a brand and buying nappies in bulk. Using a sample box gives you the opportunity to trial one nappy of your choice or a variety of several eco nappies. This is a perfect way to determine how you like nappies and how they will perform for your baby as one brand that fits ideal for one baby and might not work for the next baby at all.
Did you know that most eco brands give you the opportunity to purchase in bulk with a discount?
When you have found your favourite eco nappy, most brands give you the option to purchase the nappies in bulk to save yourself some $$, which will help make sustainability more affordable. However, it will strongly vary per brand how much discount is given.
Compostable nappies in Australia
So back to the topic of compostable nappies, a fascinating topic indeed. After reading an article stating that there are no compostable nappies in Australia, we stopped searching for compostable nappies for a little while.
We learned about the challenges to make compostable nappies and the high requirements for nappy brands to become certified compostable. Unfortunately, no brand seems able to meet these standards and make nappies without using any plastic.
So when we learned later compostable nappies do exist, we were quite surprised, to say the least. We learned about a nappy brand that has actually tackled the’ challenges and successfully designed a fully compostable nappy endorsed by compost Australia. Quite an impressive result, right? You may wonder what this nappy brand did differently than the other eco brands, right?.
Why were they successful while all other eco brands never reached this goal?
Underneath, we included a little story of Eenee you may be interested in watching.
(Please note that the first-mentioned weenees are no longer available but only the compostable U-pads)
Why was Eenee successful to launch a fully compostable nappy?
So why was Eenee able to launch this fully compostable nappy while all other eco nappy brands never reached these sustainable goals?
Well, to successfully win the challenge and fully eliminate plastic and chemicals in disposable nappies. Clearly, Eenee has been thinking outside the box. They have created a disposable nappy without any plastic or stretch to meet the requirements to launch a fully compostable nappy.
How did they do that?
As you can imagine, a nappy will not function without tags to keep the disposable nappy in place, and sure enough, plastic is required in these required tags. So we need a nappy without tags.
Eenee has very cleverly designed a nappy with 2 compartments. The element where unnatural materials are required is separate from the rest of the nappy so that the disposable nappy actually is fully natural and compostable.
You can choose between a reusable pull-up cover or a cotton belt to ensure the compostable nappy will stay in place. Pretty clever right? The convenience of disposable nappies while allowing parents to leave a smaller eco-footprint.
Commercial composting opportunities of Eenee nappies
Commercial composting– Even though compost Australia endorses nappies, it doesn’t automatically mean that you can dispose of these nappies by all commercial composting facilities in Australia just yet as the composting industry is still evolving a lot in Australia.
Eenee chose not to wait for the compost industry to be ready and launched their innovative, fully compostable nappies and work hard every day to get approved by commercial composters in Australia.
Eenee results thus far with commercials facilities?
Unfortunately, the Brisbane Council does not provide FOGO services, but you can use an organic waste collection service in Brisbane to dispose of Eenee nappies. However, this is a paid service.
What about composting the nappies at home?
Eenee previously had compostable nappy called Weennees which were suitable to compost at home if you wished to do so; Wel the wet nappies than, for the soiled nappies, you could flush them in the toilet. However, we learned that Eenee doesn’t stock Weenees any longer.
Eenee now sells compostable U-pads, but unfortunately, they are not suitable for home composting unless you follow a hot composting technique. When you use this hot composting technique at home, you are still recommended to use wet nappies to compost at home for hygiene purposes. Soiled U-pads are not suitable to flash through the toilet.
However, most composters in Australia are not ready yet to process Eenee their innovative products. Eenee works hard to get things moving, and hopefully, things will change in the future. Still using compostable nappies are a great sustainable choice, and even though they might end up in landfill, they will still break down much quicker than nappies containing plastic.
How long will it take to break down an Eennee nappy on a landfill?
This is a good and valid question but very hard to answer as it will strongly depend on the environment of the landfill site it ends up, but you can have peace of mind that the nappy will leave a smaller eco-footprint for sure.
Also, your support of using compostable nappies allows Eenee to keep doing what they do and work hard to bring sustainable improvement in an urgent concern of the environment that millions of nappies go to landfills every day in Australia.
Would you be interested in giving compostable nappies a go? Underneath, we share a short video of it to make using compostable nappies a bit more visible.
Check out how it works
Are you excited to learn more? Then, you can watch this video to learn how to use the compostable nappies underneath.
The verdict of compostable nappies in Australia VS biodegradable nappies?
Eenee has created an innovative and unique product and will be the best compostable nappy Australia as the only nappy endorsed by compost Australia.
Eenee has great potential for a more sustainable future if the composting industry will catch up with Eenee’s ambitious sustainable standards.
Do you rather use disposable than cloth nappies? Or do you need a disposable option for occasional events?
Eenee gives you an excellent sustainable choice for a disposable nappy indeed.
Is Eenee more sustainable than biodegradable nappies when they will end up in a landfill? Well, the truth is that likely the nappy without any plastic will still leave the smallest eco-footprint. But when choosing a highly rated eco nappy like the ones we mentioned before, these are also excellent sustainable choices and brands to support.
At the end of the day, you choose products that fit your lifestyle, baby and feel good for you and remember that there are brands out there who are not genuine in their sustainable efforts and try to sell their products by ‘greenwashing’.
You may agree that it can be challenging to judge genuinely. Accurate which product is truly the most sustainable choice, but a good thing to remember is that many factors affect the environmental impact. We should look at the entire life cycle of a product to measure the sustainable value; looking at the disposable part of the product alone is not sufficient.
Would you like to learn more about compostable nappies?
We recently ordered the Eenee nappy trial pack including 1 pull up nappy and one pack of compostable U-pads. You can read our full review of this product here.
If you are excited to trial compostable nappies, too, please let us know if you liked the nappies and what your experience is with Eenee products.
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