4 Non toxic diaper Brands

As a parent we change diapers up to five times daily for our little ones. The disposable diaper is definitely a super invention. But, have you ever thought about how a diaper actually works? And, which substances are actually in there?

A diaper basically consists of 3 layers. There is the inner layer touching the baby’s skin. It is often made from polypropylene (petroleum based) with some added aloe vera and vitamin E.

In the middle there is a the absorbent core. The urine is distributed and absorbent by a core from wood pulp and finally locked in the superabsorber material usually made of sodium polyacrylate. This can be observed well on a full diaper.

For the production of this superabsorbent, petroleum is used. For the 12 grams (about half an ounce) of superabsorbent in a diaper, 5 grams of petroleum are needed.

The outer layer of a diaper is often colorful with sweet motifs. The backsheet is impervious to water and ensures that the captured urine does not come through the diaper. In conventional diapers it is basically a “plastic bag” which is also made from mineral oil. Phthalates are needed to make the plastics more flexible, especially on the waterproof outer liner. Phthalates are known to be hormone disruptive.

Chlorine is used to bleach the diaper material. Chlorine is also known to emit dioxins which are highly cancerogenic. You can easily avoid that risk by buying chlorine-free diapers.

Conventional disposable diapers all use these chemicals. The sad truth is that even “natural” disposable diapers still need chemicals as there is basically no all-natural substance that can perform like a conventional product. But the “natural” brands at least try to minimize the use of chemicals in order to better protect the baby and the environment.

4 non toxic diaper brands


gDiaper replaces the plastic layers with soft cotton and breathable nylon. These diapers can actually be composted. The disposable inserts is Silver certified by the world leader in ecologically intelligent design – Cradle to Cradle.


The Bambo diapers are produced with sustainable manufacturing processes, ensuring they are free of harmful chemicals and perfumes to minimize the risk of allergies and diaper rash.
Bambo Nature diapers have earned the Danish Asthma/Allergy certification, the Nordic Swan Ecolabel, are dermatologically-tested and FSC-certified.

Bambo Nature has been called the “best buy for disposable diapers” by ethicalconsumer.org

The Honest Company

These eco-friendly diapers are made from biodegradable bamboo with naturally derived, plant-based, and sustainable materials, without chlorine processing and additives like fragrances, lotions, or latex.

They are free of chlorine, alcohol, preservatives, Phthalates, PVC, TBT, or Antioxidants.

Parasol Plush disposable diapers

The Parasol Plush disposable diapers from the Czech Republic are hypoallergenic. They do not contain Latex, Chlorine, Fragrance, Chlorine, Lead, or heavy metals.

The absorbent material is wood pulp sourced from certified sustainably managed forests. They are certified by the Nordic Swan Eco-Label as well as PETA Cruelty-Free and Vegan.