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


Brand nameProduct description
AttitudeBiodegradable diapers, fragrance-free


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


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

Avoid the following chemicals in regular products

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