It has already been shown that disposable diapers have undesirable chemicals in their composition.
In cosmetics and disposable wipes we can see the list of ingredients (remember that they go in decreasing order of concentration, that is, the first ingredient on the list is the one with the highest concentration in the product and so on).
But in the case of disposable diapers, there is usually no list of ingredients.
The explanation? Manufacturers are not required to provide the composition of their products.
It is very important that we are aware of a reality that many times we overlook, diapers are in direct contact with a very delicate area of our children's body.
Last February, the French magazine60 Millions of Consommateurs published a comprehensive study that revealed that most brands of disposable diapers incorporate proven (or suspected toxic residues) in most of their layers.
- A sample of 12 different brands of disposable diapers in size 3 was analyzed, including some brands positioned in the market as "ecological"
- each layer of each of the 12 diapers in the sample was crushed and tests were performed that demonstrated the presence of substances known or suspected to be toxic
- Molecules likely to present a health risk, especially in infants, were also observed, such as allergens, potentially carcinogenic or toxic substances that can affect the reproductive system.
- The analysis was carried out in different areas of the diaper and different detection methods were used (of which I do not go into detail as I am not an expert)
Although the color of disposable diapers can give us indications that they are generally made of cotton, the reality is different:
A conventional disposable diaper is made primarily of cellulose, wood fibers, and different plastics such as polypropylene, polyacrylate, and polyester.
But on the packages we can read "smooth as silk" ... or "cotton texture" ... even if they are not composed of these materials.
The reality is that what we put in contact with our baby's skin is nothing more than simple and pure plastic. Not healthy, right?
In addition, permanent contact with a plastic such as polypropylene could pose significant health risks to our babies, beyond possible irritations ...
It must also be taken into account that it is quite likely that during the chemical manufacturing process of these plastics, traces of solvents and bleaches are also retained in the diapers.
Returning to the study, we can verify that the results of the analyzes carried out by the study of 60 million consommateurs are not reassuring since they revealed the presence of:
- pesticides (including glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup)
- hexachlorobenzene or HCB
- polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)
- volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
You can see all the detailed information below:
All these substances are present below regulatory limits (when they exist) and in all cases in the form of residues.
But remember that we are talking about infants and that it is already well known that they are particularly sensitive to toxic substances.
The conclusions of the study:
- the Love and Green brand is the only eco-friendly brand of disposable diapers that is free of chemicals and toxins
- diapers from the E. Leclerc hypermarket have also passed the test
- Most of the disposable diapers analyzed, including those of the organic line, incorporate residues of molecules with proven or suspected toxicity
- Although there are some levels that are relatively low, this presence is still not acceptable due to the sensitivity of babies to toxic substances. Especially in the genital area
- It has been shown that the ecological diapers analyzed, by the simple fact of being called ecological, are not for that reason less toxic
- regulations should be implemented in this regard and stricter controls to guarantee the safety of our little ones
- ingredient labeling on disposable diapers should be mandatory
What about cloth diapers?
Cloth diapers are a very good alternative to disposable diapers:
- no chemicals in contact with your baby's delicate skin
- more ecological
- they represent a great saving compared to the expense that can be had with disposables
- very easy to use and wash
- multiple options and types of diaper to choose the one that best suits your lifestyle and your baby
You already know that my children wear cloth diapers and at home we could not be happier.
In the next blog posts I am going to talk a lot about cloth diapers, my goal is to spread quality information about their use and that you have no doubts about their advantages.