Rascal & Friends is a trendy premium nappy brand that uses ‘no nasties’ and is perfect for sensitive skin. However, the premium nappies claiming to have no nasties should say fewer nasties as these nappies are not categorised as biodegradable or compostable.
Rascal and friends have recently stepped up their game and launched a new nappy line called Rascal Friend Eco Nappies.
Now you may wonder how sustainable the newly launched eco nappies from Rascal & Friends are?
Exciting development worldwide in eco nappies as the number of brands selling eco nappies is rising rapidly.
Shall we look at Rascal & Friends’ efforts to bring a ‘greener’ nappy on the market?
Ok, let’s get started with a brief introduction to the Rascal brand.
About Rascal & Friends
Rascal& Friends is a popular supermarket nappy brand, and it makes perfect sense why they are so popular indeed. Rascal & Friends premium nappies make a good fit with the ongoing trends on sustainable live styles choices.
The awareness of environmental issues has increased significantly for many parents and families. Rascal & Friends sells nappies with no nasties for an affordable price, fitting a broader audience’s budget. Also, the nappies’ performance is outstanding, making this nappy brand a no brainer to be very popular with mums and carers.
Plastic and chemicals used in disposable nappies are problematic for our babies and our environment as well. The founders of Rascal&Friends are parents themselves, and they had issues finding a suitable nappy for their baby with skin issues.
They ended up creating a premium nappy with ‘No nasties’ that are more gentle on babies’ skin and more sustainable for our environment. However, the premium nappies were not classified as biodegradable nappies or eco nappies alternatives.
So while ‘No nasties’ might be not entirely true, Rascal &Friends are on the right track to offering a more sustainable nappy with fewer nasties and outstanding performance.
Rascal & Friends have continued their journey and are now offering a new eco nappy that is plant-based and a more sustainable option than your Premium eco nappy.
Rascal & Friends eco nappies
However, nappies claiming to use ‘no nasties’ may have been satisfying parents for a while. The trends on sustainable choices continue, and many families are no longer met with the claim no nasties and want to learn more about their sustainable products.
Parents and carers are becoming more knowledgeable about environmentally friendly choices and looking for the most sustainable option when choosing a disposable nappy. They either look for biodegradable nappies or, even more preferable, compostable nappies and Rascal& friends nappies didn’t meet either of those criteriums. Time to up their game to keep up with parents’ requirements.
‘Fast forward, Rascal & Friends launch a brand new range of eco nappies’.
Let’s look at the features of Rascal& friends eco nappies to learn more.
What makes this new Rascal & Friends Nappies ‘ECO’?
|The ink used on the nappies?||Water-based ink|
|The back sheet of the nappy?||Plant-based back sheet|
|Biofilm in the nappy?||Plant-based biofilm|
|Any nasties?||No nasties(we get into this more a bit later)|
|Packaging of the nappy||Home Compostable|
|Eco nappy||Not compostable|
|The tissue used in the nappy||Sustainable tissue|
Common challenges for eco nappy brands
Well, this sounds like a nice list of sustainable choices, and it is excellent they try to make a more sustainable nappy like many other eco nappy brands try. However, it is just a little disappointing that only the sustainable improvements are communicated, and the areas of sustainable challenges are left behind.
However, there are fewer nasties and less plastic in these eco nappies; no nasties at all might be not entirely true as there are a few areas all eco brands are struggling with to use plant-based materials. So let’s look at some challenging areas in need of natural replacements.
- Absorbancy-Many eco nappies try to replace Sap (super absorbent polymers) with products like cornstarch to absorb liquid however only using cornstarch doesn’t do the trick, and a certain amount of sap is still required in eco nappies.
- Polyethylene– This is a lightweight plastic that makes a nappy stretchy and flexible and is essential to creating a disposable nappy. Eco nappy brand is challenged to find natural replacements for these substances used, and a successful breakthrough technique is yet to be found.
- Plastic in tags– All tags of regular disposable nappies or eco disposable nappies still have some percentage of plastic. Plastic takes over 500 years to break down, and finding a suitable plant-based replacement for the tags will be a massive breakthrough for eco nappies.
Importance of being transparent to consumers
One Eco nappy brand is very open about its sustainable journey and includes the challenging areas to its audience and Ecoriginals. Eco nappies of Ecoriginals claim to be 90 %biodegradable and have tested that 90% of their nappy breaks down within three months if disposed of correctly.
It would be great to see more brands doing the same thing and be upfront and transparent about their eco products.
Sustainable eco-products are sometimes hard to get your head around as most brands are not as transparent as Ecorigianals.
Of course, everyone wants to sell their product, and however, Rascal & Friends is a great nappy brand for an affordable price. However, it would be great if they shared more sustainable details with their audience. Being transparent allows more parents to make informed decisions within their sustainable journey.
No nasties sound great but are not entirely accurate and upfront. Almost all disposable nappies, either eco friendly or not, contain a certain amount of chemicals to function sufficiently. However, several eco brands have achieved home compostable packaging for their nappies, which is a great start.
Questions we asked Rascal Friends about their new Eco nappies
As we could not find answers to our questions regarding Rascal Friends Eco nappies’ sustainable value, we asked Rascal and Friends a couple of questions to learn more about their new Eco nappy.
Question 1– What percentage of Rascal Friend Eco nappy is biodegradable?
Answer– Our Premium Eco nappy is made with 55-60 % (amounts vary per size) plant-based materials
Question 2– How long does it take for Rascal Friends Eco nappy to break down?
Answer- Using plant-based materials, our eco nappy contains several biodegradable features, including the biofilm, pulp, tissue wrap, back and top sheet. These materials will break down faster than traditional synthetic materials.
Our nappies are not fully compostable or biodegradable and must be disposed of in the general rubbish bin but will leave a smaller footprint.
(It is obvious Rascal Friends is putting a genuine effort to make a ‘greener’ nappy, and any action is appreciated and an improvement from regular disposable nappies. But unfortunately, they cannot estimate how long it will take for the nappy to break down in a landfill at this stage).
Most sustainable Eco nappy in Australia?
Still, only one brand has created a disposable nappy and only used 100% plant-based materials. So yes, you heard it right, no plastic and no harmful chemicals indeed.
There is only one disposable nappy on the Australian market that doesn’t contain plastic and harmful chemicals. However, one brand stood out from the crowd and didn’t create a biodegradable nappy but jumped the queue and launched the first 100% compostable nappy in Australia endorsed by Compost Australia. Very exciting indeed!
Final thoughts on Rascal & Friends Eco nappies
Look, let’s put it this way, Rascal & Friends are a great affordable nappy brand and their effort to create a more sustainable product is lovely. However, compared to other eco nappies, they are cheaper ey cheaper. Still, brands like Ecoriginals, or Bambo nature, have higher achievements regarding sustainability at this stage.
However, you can’t judge sustainability on only one factor; Rascal Friends Eco nappies are on the low side of biodegradable ingredients, with approximately 60% biodegradable materials used for their nappies.
On the other hand, Originals contain an impressive 90% biodegradable ingredients, which is one of the highest scores on the market. Hence, choosing a sustainable nappy is not only based on how biodegradable a nappy is.
It can be very beneficial to Look for brands with cradle to grave certifications like Nordic Swan, where Bambo Nature is certified, with can be extremely valuable when picking a nappy brand.
Rascal &Friends can be a significant improvement of conventional nappies. Still, there are some more sustainable options available for more sustainability. Hence the nappy prices have to fit your budget.
Are you interested in trying out the new Eco nappies of Rascal & Friends already? Unfortunately, they are only available in little shops at this stage.
Rascal & Friends have mentioned keeping working on the sustainability of their nappies. Hopefully, they will share more detailed information with the public about areas they try to improve and how sustainable the current Eco nappies are.
Their audience will truly appreciate them for being open and transparent, and we hope that the details we gave you about Rascal Friends eco nappies help you answer some questions you may have.
Keep up the great work, Rascal & Friends, for creating an affordable supermarket eco nappy!
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