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03. 03. 2006

gDiapers

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It's about time parents have a 3rd option in diapering other than disposable or cloth. In theory, gDiapers is a great idea - a liner that flushes - while leaving the breathable, natural fiber 'g' pants intact. The flushables keep your baby dry as they are super absorbant and made of something called tree farmed fluff pulp. I admit I am horrified at the amount of diapers that we've gone through over the past 2 years, but also admit that I'm not so horrified that it's inspired me to use cloth diapers. And while I do have that fear of flushing extra "things" down the toilet for fear of clogging and overflowing, the gDiaper inventors make some strong, convincing points.

There's too much info to relay here so you should just go visit the website yourself. It's very informative, easy to navigate and very nicely designed in a way that makes you want to say "sign me up!". Kudos to the founders for making the 'g' pants attractive and cute, which I think is rather critical in trying to sell the new diaper system.

I'll be very curious to see if the gDiapers catch on. It'll get some getting used to as there are a few extra steps, but it seems like it could quickly become 2nd nature and it's so much better for the environment.

Posted by Jenna    Category: bath/health
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I've been using them for two months, and the extra step of flushing more than makes up for having piles and piles of diapers in the house.


we tried them, but they clogged our toilet and were WAY more trouble than cloth diapering (which we were doing before and are doing again)- too many steps! but then, i think that cloth diapering is easier than disposables, too. so maybe my opinion isn't the one people are looking for.


I recently posted about the need to do something about the amount of waste that disposalbe diapers produce daily. gDiapers sounded like a good option, but is flushing THE only way that these nappies can be biodegradable?


Dear Kyrie, Jenna, Ryan & Mamidelux

My name is Jason Graham-Nye and I am one of the founders of gDiapers. Ryan & Kyrie, thanks so much for trying them.
Yes Jenna - the cutenes factor seems to get the green leaners over the line!
And we hear you whne it comes to a fear of flushing. We have just aded an insert card into the starter kit to help manage that!
Kyrie please give me a call and we can help you out with flushing. Given they have been in Australia for 15 yeras we have a good base of knowekdge to figure out how we can make flushing easier.
We feel it is not an all or nothing decision. When we found them at a baby expo in Sydney we were using cloth. We then started using these half the time until we got used to them. There is an extra step and we kind of changed our patterns. We moved the changed table closer to the bathroom for example. We have many cloth users who like the pants and they use their own cloth inserts. And they sometimes use the flushable at night for extra absorbency. Either which way - many thanks for giving them a go.

We thought we would attract more cloth users as research shows that most cloth users choose cloth for the environment. What we have found though since we launched is that more disposables users are trying us out - who needs research?!
And to your quesiton Mamidelux, gDiapers are compostable so we can compsot the wet only ones. (You can't compost poopy ones - apologies for the technical term here!) They are also safe for worm farms. That is what we have here at the office.
I am going to a composting conference tomorrow to hopefully meet with the folks who run Oaklands kerb side composting pick up program to see if we can join. Given that 6 out of 7 diapers per day are wet only, if you had a large-ish compost or could do kerbside composting, then that would be a big redirection of waste away from landfill.
Some customers here and in Oz have really bad plumbing and so ask what happens if they toss it in the trash. As the Flushable has no plastic, it will biodegrade faster than a plastic diaper but there is no way of telling how much faster so it is not something we promote.

Cheers

Jason


I use cloth in my day-to-day life (BUMKINS ROCK!) but when I go travelling, I use g-diapers. They are great, and you can flush them OR compost. It's really easy and not any more icky than changing a diaper already is.


I wouldn't mind trying them out, however, these aren't widely distributed across the planet, in that they aren't available in Barbados where I am. What's more, the cost for someone not in America is prohibitive. It sounds like a good idea, but it's out of my range right now.


gDiapers are not very soft and irritated my son's skin. I like my cloth alternative better - Fuzzi Bunz. They're super soft and easy too.


I just had my baby and purchased gdiapers before he was born. I am waiting to use them until after his circumsiscion heals. They are a tad too bulky right now. However, I will be trying them with cloth diapers at the house and the flushables when traveling.


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