Don't be fooled by labels—just because a diaper is labeled “compostable” does not mean it's magically going to decompose.
When thrown into landfills where oxygen and sunlight are scarce, disposable diapers typically take hundreds of years to decompose—whether or not they're “compostable.” And although you could technically compost some parts of wet diapers in a home compost pile, the only safe and sanitary way to compost dirty diapers is in a compost facility.
Enter compostable diapering services, turning diapers into compost with the help of high tech (and high heat) composting facilities.
Compostable diapering is a service available in very few metropolitan areas. If you happen to live in an area that offers it, compostable diapering is a super environmentally friendly option for those who don’t mind paying a bit more to do their part for the earth (and don’t want to bother with cloth).
It typically costs about ~$35/month for the composting service, plus the cost of compostable diapers. Many companies require you to buy your diapers through their service at a premium.
The following compostable diapering services are the only ones currently available in the United States. (Don’t be deterred by the outdated websites and funky sales tactics. They do great work!)
These are my favorite compostable diaper brands in order of preference.
- Dyper [Full Review Pending]
- Bambo [Full Review]
- Naty [Full Review]
- Nest [Full Review Pending]
- Andy Pandy [Full Review]