For environmentally-conscious parents, instead of throwing thousands of disposable diapers into the landfill every year, where they will take 500 years to biodegrade, a new company helps to clear your green conscience.
The manufacturer of responsibly-sourced bamboo diapers has teamed up with one of GNN’s favorite sustainable companies, TerraCycle. TerraCycle has been recycling and composting some of the world’s toughest items—and diapers was a natural target.
The unique recycling program aptly called “ReDyper” starts with a subscription, and includes boxes and bags that meet the United Nations Hazmat shipping specifications, as well as prepaid shipping labels to make the whole process as easy as possible.
“It’s got to be super convenient. It’s got to be, frankly, as close to convenient as possible relative to throwing it out,” TerraCycle CEO Tom Szaky, told Fast Company.
After they arrive at TerraCycle’s facilities, they go on to industrial composting facilities that TerraCycle partners with to be turned mostly into compost for things like the landscaping on highway median strips.
Unfortunately, as diaper companies compete with each other, supposed innovations like infused lotions, latex cores, or plastic fasteners (made from phthalates for greater flexibility and toughness) have greatly reduced the biodegradability of the modern diaper. Dyper makes theirs without any of these chemical agents, ensuring minimal environmental damage, more natural ingredients, and quickest composting time.
“We talked to many moms that wish that they had that opportunity to compost, because they’re living in New York City in an apartment on the 24th floor and they have no option to do that,” said Taylor Shearer, content manager at Dyper.