Diapers Go Green

A clean bottom for baby and a clear conscience for mom.

That's because the diapers Tina Tran is changing on 19 month Ava won't get buried in a landfill.

Instead these soiled diapers will actually become part of the soil.

Tran said she's always been environmentally conscious and this just sounded really new and different and the perfect solution.

It's a new diaper service called earthbaby.

It home delivers compostable diapers made from corn-based plastic and wood pulp.

Karen Nelsen, an employee for Earth-Baby says they're really soft, they're beautiful to look at and they compost all the way.

These diapers are said to break down under the right condidtions in a compost heap in a matter of months.

Nelsen says tthe services transports dirty diapers to a compost facility in Gilroy.

They become part of a mix that's run through a special process using tarps and forced air to raise the compost temperature high enough to kill things like e coli.

14 weeks later...it's a sweet-smelling topsoil.unfortunately, the diapers are only made in sweden...

The big question parents have...do the diapers leak?

Tran says she was a little worried.

She says didn't want to do it for the environmental reasons, then have them leak.

Tran says she finds that they work well, even better than the huggies.

Tran says she spends about 60 dollars a month on the EarthBaby service which includes diapers, delivery and pickup...and she hopes that someday, compostable diapers will be as common as disposables.

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  • by Annette Location: Tallahassee on Feb 18, 2009 at 09:37 AM
    About Time. Most can afford them! If all make an effort,the price will go down and almost everyone will. Even better lets get our city or government to help with the cost. It would help them alot with the locations and cost of said fills!
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