Do you want to use disposable nappies but don’t want to overburden our landfill?
Do you want to buy sustainable, organic and plant-based products?
Do you want to avoid nasty chemicals on your baby’s skin?
Finally, there is an eco-friendly alternative to traditional disposable nappies – BeSuper Eco Biodegradable Bamboo Nappies & Pants!
Tinkle’s biodegradable nappies & pants are 100% plant-based, sustainably harvested and free of nasties. They are 85% biodegradable, and independent testing has shown that they will break down much faster than traditional disposable nappies, both with or without commercial composting facilities. After use, the nappies will break down by 61% within the first 75 days – so even if you just throw them in the bin they will already be on their way and starting to degrade by the time they get to landfill. And although landfill doesn’t naturally promote biodegradability (it is densely packed and lacking in natural microbes, oxygen and light), once they have been exposed to light and air the compostable elements of the nappies will still biodegrade within just a few years. This is so much quicker than the centuries required to break down a traditional disposable nappy, or the decades-to-centuries required to break down polyester, spandex and PUL-lined cloth nappy covers.
All of this means that in landfill they will still do their biodegrading thing without any extra help. And if you don’t want to send them to landfill, you can compost them (under certain conditions – see more below) to speed up the process and put your used nappies to work in your garden.
Each pack of nappies is freshly made to order for us, with each pack wrapped in a compostable bag which are then packed in cardboard outer boxes, all printed with plant-based inks. Each bag and box is stamped with a manufacture and expiry date: we recommend that the nappies are are used within 3 years of manufacture as the cornstarch packaging will start to degrade after that time. Once this happens, the nappies themselves will be exposed to the air which will start their own degradation process.
What’s in BeSuper ECO biodegradable nappies and pants?
The materials contained in our nappies are simple and few: 100% Bamboo Fibre, Fluff Pulp (Chlorine-Free Pine Cellulose), Sumitomo SAP (Super Absorbent Polymer), Elastic Waistband & Cuffs, Velcro Tabs.
So, to further break down what all of these words mean and what the materials do:
100% Bamboo Fibre
This is the stuff that makes up the body of the nappy with its top and bottom sheets – practically everything you touch and see on the outside is made of this bamboo fibre.
Our bamboo is sustainably sourced – it is fast growing, requires no fertiliser, is self-regenerating, and uses much less water than cotton. There was no deforestation required to set up space for our bamboo to grow in, and there are no herbicides or pesticides needed to enhance its quality.
- When it’s ready to be harvested, our bamboo is mechanically processed. This means that there are no chemicals used to create the bamboo fibre. Our bamboo fibres are simply raked and combed into long strands. These strands are then drawn out and spun into a yarn that is silky smooth, and used to make our nappies.
- Fun fact: rayon is the less eco-friendly fabric, where the bamboo is chemically dissolved and then reconstituted into similarly super-soft fibres –you can rest assured that there is none of this stuff in our nappies, however. Years ago, rayon was the only soft option, while any mechanically processed yarn was quite coarse and created a fabric more like linen. This wouldn’t have made great nappies! Now however, the mechanical process has been refined to create a far more silky thread which is soft to the touch and perfect for use on baby’s sensitive skin.
Fluff Pulp (Total Chlorine Free & FSC approved)
This is plant-based (pine cellulose), and is the stuff that quickly absorbs most of the ‘liquid output’ (urine, or wee) that your child will produce, in order to keep their skin dry. It lives in the absorbent core of the nappy.
- Our fluff pulp comes from Finland, and is produced using Total Chlorine Free bleaching technologies. This means that it meets the safety regulations for food and hygiene industries, and contains no chlorine compound residues. Instead, it is bleached using oxygen, hydrogen peroxide or ozone, which are far better for both our environment and our bodies.
- The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) approval shows that it comes from responsibly managed forests that provide environmental, social and economic benefits for everyone involved.
Sumitomo SAP (Super Absorbent Polymer)
This is a polymer resin that has the ability to quickly absorb and retain large volumes of liquid. When the water absorption reaches saturation, it changes from a powder or granular state to a hydrogel state.
- SAP is non-toxic, and allows the nappy to feel dryer against baby’s skin. It’s also so effective that there’s only about ½ a teaspoon of SAP in each nappy! This is about 70% less than you’ll find in standard disposable nappies.
- It is great for using in the garden, especially around trees and plants that are in dry areas or need extra water.
Elastic Waistband & Cuffs and Velcro Tabs
These are fairly self-explanatory – elastic for stretchiness around the waistband and leg cuffs, and velcro tabs to secure the nappies.
- These are the part of our nappies which are not biodegradable – yet! However our manufacturers are already working on how to make bamboo-based velcro plus natural glues that will break down along with the rest of the nappy. We need it to last as long as the rest of the nappies before it starts to break down, and work just as well as the standard velcro works now, before we can start using it on our nappies but we are hopeful that they will succeed soon.
Watch this space…
Disposing of our BeSuper ECO biodegradable bamboo nappies and pants
Option 1: Many people simply dispose of our nappies along with their general household waste, knowing that the compostable parts will biodegrade within a few years in landfill. By doing this we are significantly reducing the burden on our planet by minimising the landfill made by disposable nappies.
Option 2: If you have access to a commercial composting system, this is the quickest way to biodegrade our nappies – these are hard to come by, however, so don’t be dismayed if you can’t find one of these where you are. It would be great if everyone could put pressure on their local councils to start investing in commercial composting facilities!
Option 3: Knowing that they are biodegradable, many people want to compost their used nappies at home – yay! Cold home compost systems aren’t suitable for composting used nappies quickly, but it can be done quite easily under hot compost conditions.
If you do choose to compost nappies yourself, please keep in mind that you should only home-compost wet nappies, and not nappies that contain solid waste (poos). This is because, unlike commercial composters, even hot home composters don’t get hot enough to kill the pathogens that may be found in solid waste. We recommend that you dispose of nappies containing solid waste with the rest of your general household rubbish (remembering that they will still biodegrade centuries faster than other disposable nappies in landfill) and only compost urine-filled nappies at home. This will safely allow the resulting compost to be used on your garden.
If you’ve never heard of hot composting, this is one of the simplest guides we’ve found to creating a hot compost system at home: https://www.growveg.com.au/guides/hot-composting-made-simple/
To compost biodegradable nappies and pants at home:
- Remove the waistband and tabs (this is the 15% of the nappy that isn’t biodegradable – yet), and dispose of these in your general waste.
- Cut the nappy in half down the middle to expose the inner core.
- Be sure to add a good mix with it to your composter to aid in biodegradation, eg brown dried leaves, fresh cut grass and fruit & vegetable kitchen waste.
- Turn the compost every 2-3 weeks to oxygenate the pile.
- Use the finished compost for grass, shrubs, flowers and other non-edible plants. We do not recommend using compost made with home-composted nappies on food gardens.