Disposable diapers will release VOCs (dipentene, ethylbenzene, toluene and xylene) with toxic and carcinogenic effects on health. Disposable diapers can also have an adverse effect on the respiratory system.

Healthy alternatives

Fragrance-free

Brand nameProduct description
AttitudeBiodegradable diapers, fragrance-free

Reusable

Brand nameProduct description
The EcobabyReusable diapers in organic cotton
The Royal DiapererReusable diapers

DIY

Do you have any cotton flannel? This material can easily be used to make diapers at home. You will find a tutorial here.


Ingredients to avoid

  • Dyes: possible carcinogens, skin sensitizers, photosensitizers and mutagens
  • Dioxin: possible carcinogen (comes from the chlorine bleaching process)
  • Dipentene: irritating to the skin, eyes and the respiratory and digestive tracts, respiratory and skin sensitizer
  • Ethylbenzene: possible carcinogen (confirmed in animals), irritant to skin, eyes and respiratory tract
  • Perfumes: allergens
  • Plastics: may contain hydrocarbons, phthalates and bisphenol A which are endocrine disrupters
  • Sodium polyacrylate: irritating to the eyes
  • Toluene: neurotoxic, potentially toxic to development and the respiratory tract, irritating to the skin and eyes
  • Xylene: irritating to the skin, eyes and respiratory tract, potentially toxic for development