Big news in family circles this week: a terrible explosion and fire at a chemical plant that makes the prime ingredient in super-absorbent disposable diapers in Japan has killed one firefighter, injured over 30 people, and could lead to a shortage in those kinds of diapers.
Think about that. Something that’s used to make a disposable diaper super-absorbent is a chemical. This diaper with that chemical in it touches your baby’s skin, and it’s flammable. People were hurt trying to keep the fire fueled by the chemical from spreading.
There’s a better way, and it’s called Bummis. We were excited to introduce Bummis diapers, reusable microfleece liners and rayon-celluose disposable liners in our 2012-2013 catalog and on our website recently. We’re pleased to offer you a chemical free, affordable, and comfortable alternative to diapering your little ones. The disposable liners are even biodegradable!
These diapers aren’t what you remember–they’re cushy, soft organic cotton, and they’re great inside any diaper cover.
You’ll save more than the earth if you use Bummis for your babies. Disposables can cost upwards of $2,500 to $3,000 for the months between birth and one child becoming toilet-trained. If disposables are used for 2 1/2 years, they can add up to two tons of garbage in landfills–plastic and chemical garbage that doesn’t degrade. That’s for one child. One.
For about 10% of that $3,000 outlay, parents can outfit multiple babies with skin-safe, washable, reliable Bummis double-fold diapers and liners, which all have a lifecycle of years.
Even the liners are eco-friendly. The Reusable Fleece Liners are made from recycled polyester fibers, and woven especially to be soft against baby’s skin. They’re absorbent, washable, and dry quickly. The disposable Bio-Soft Flushable Diaper Liners are made from natural cellulose, and spun-woven for softness. They break down in water, and can be flushed after a brief soak–in both city sewer or home septic systems. (Because liners are full of ‘output’, we don’t recommend composting them.)
Soft doesn’t mean flimsy, by the way. The diapers are very durable, and can be used for years, as can the microfleece liners. They fit in any diaper cover, pull-on, snap, or hook and loop. Both diapers and reusable fleece liners can be machine washed. Diapers can be machine dried. Reusable fleece liners are just as soft line-dried or tossed in the dryer.
Yes, it’s a little bit of work, and yes, you do need an old-school diaper pail. (Or one of our super-durable lidded buckets, that snaps shut snugly, a must for the diaper pail.)
On the other hand, you know exactly what’s touching your baby, you’re saving money, and you’re supporting a small North-American based business. What could be better?