July 29, 2021


You might think disposable nappies are your only option for keeping your little one dry and comfortable but what if there was a biodegradable alternative?

Parenting is a series of contradictions. While you might go into it with the best intentions and a clear idea of what you hope it will be like, you may quickly find yourself having to compromise on a few things. A dummy might not seem like such a bad idea when your baby refuses to settle. Or making the switch to bottle-feeding might be a necessary reality you didn’t see coming. It’s all about finding what works for you.

One compromise we are less comfortable with however is the amount of landfill created by the countless disposable nappies that have become a modern parenting essential. The total amount of disposable nappies over a child’s lifetime can be more than 10,000 which combined could fill a bus, and due to their material make up they will also take potentially hundreds of years to decompose.

It might feel as though you have no choice but to accept the environmental impact of disposable nappies if you want quality and convenience (and, let’s face it, avoiding a poo explosion is a priority!), but Ecoriginals Eco-Friendly Nappies are here to help.

A Problem That’s Hard To Ignore

Unfortunately through a lack of sustainable alternatives, disposable nappies have been a significant contributor to landfill in Australia since 1965. Today there are estimated to be over 400 billion traditional plastic nappies in landfills throughout the world, and with each child using an average of 8 nappies a day, the numbers and potential negative impact per family are staggering!

Many traditional disposable nappies also contain plastics and other harsh materials. Biodegradable alternatives may seem like the obvious solution, but not all of them are as effective as you might hope. While they may claim to be constructed from plant-based materials, many are still only 40% to 60% biodegradable due to the inclusion of plastic in a number of layers.

Ecoriginals Eco-Friendly Nappies are made with your baby’s delicate skin in mind, with natural layers of tissue paper, cotton, and corn starch to provide a dual seal system that keeps moisture trapped away from the skin, so the nappy remains dry to the touch, whilst also being 90% biodegradable!

So How Can You Help?

If you’re not ready to give up the ease of disposable nappies, switching to a biodegradable option is an easy and effective way to make a difference, but it can be hard to be sure you are choosing a brand that is committed to enhancing product biodegradability.

The absorbent central “cell” of the Ecoriginals Eco-Friendly Nappies includes sustainably sourced wood pulp to wick away moisture and hold more than 900ml of liquid, providing you with 12+ hours of dryness each and every time. Best of all, their unique Plantcell Technology™ makes them a whopping 40% more absorbent than standard disposable nappies so you get the performance of a premium product without the devastating environmental impact.

In optimum conditions, the Ecoriginals Eco-Friendly Nappies can break down in as little as three months, which is a huge difference when compared to other disposable products that have their biodegradability limited by plastic components. The difference with Ecoriginals is that a significant % of the nappy is made from plants, including the back sheet. This means even in landfill the nappies can still biodegrade which is unique to Ecoriginals, and a significant point of difference compared to other eco brands which still mix plastic with plant based material limiting the ability for the nappies to be biodegradable in landfill. Nappies who only have component parts eco, is the same as putting natural matter into a zip lock bag!

It’s Easier Than You Think!

Thanks to growing interest and the power of the internet, making the switch from disposable nappies to their biodegradable counterparts doesn’t take the extra effort you might think it does!

Ecoriginals Eco-Friendly Nappies are stocked in pharmacies and supermarkets around Australia and are also available for one-off purchases or subscription deliveries online! We love the convenience of being able to customise our order and frequency of delivery so we are never caught short. There’s also the option to edit, pause, or cancel your subscription at any time so you have no excuse for not giving them a go!

When it comes to making environmentally conscious choices, every little bit helps, so why not make the switch from disposable nappies to the world-leading expertise of Ecoriginals Eco-Friendly Nappies and do your bit for the planet today!

Are you concerned about the environmental impact of disposable nappies? Would you try a biodegradable alternative? Let us know in the comments!

eco nappies_ecoriginals colour logoMouths of Mums are working together with Ecoriginals to bring you this article. A proudly Australian company, Ecoriginals is led by parents motivated by the desire to do better for earth and child alike. For more information about Ecoriginals products, visit ECORIGINALSIt’s never been easier to buy online and have products delivered straight to your door, with further discounts available on subscription with free shipping.

Want to try Ecoriginals for yourself? We’re offering MoM Members 50% off the Ecoriginals Trial Pack with free shipping. Use code ECOMUMS50 at the checkout.

  • Definitely always think about this and good to know something is being done about this


  • Sounds like a great idea. I didn’t have that much money spare so I went with home brand.


  • We all need to consider this, every one on us counts. So glad there is a biodegradable option out there


  • Great offer


  • Oooohhh I should try this… Such a great price and seems to be good quality too.


  • We use modern cloth nappies on our baby, when we decided to have a baby one of the things we discussed was the amount of land fill we would produce if we used disposable nappies and what we could do to reduce or stop this. Using cloth has not only helped the environment but saved us heaps of money too.
    Biodegradable option sounds great for those who don’t want to try cloth but still want to help the environment.


  • Good to know. I will let my friend know as she is going have a baby soon and looking to be more eco.


  • Fantastic that there is now a biodegradable option. I hope more manufacturers follow suit.


  • My D-I-L uses reusable nappies which are quite a fashion statement because of the beautiful patterns.


  • I always used cloth nappies on my boys but needed to have a packet of disposables on hand when my husband was alone with the boys. His hands had been burnt over the years from shearing so he found it difficult with the pins. Lets just say the amount I used would have been around 30 disposables over 12months.


  • This is great article for new mums and great offer to try Ecoriginal trial pack before purchasing.


  • Good to know, I do feel terrible about using regular nappies sometimes. I had planned to use reusable but twins made that plan quite hard.


  • Our girls used reusable nappies over 10 years ago the ones available now are so much better, there’s really no excuse to just use plastic nappies all the time the nappies are so much better now.


  • I really wrestled with this when my kids were young – there are pros and cons to both.


  • Yes I’m concerned about the impact of disposable nappies. I would love to use biodegradable nappies for my youngest, but they’re not made in the bigger sizes. She is 7yr old and uses a pull up in the night, whilst during the day I made the switch to Conni underwear


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