Composting Biodegradable Diapers at Home

 

Plant-based diapers are one of the best things that ever happened to mums and bubs. Babies are spared from itchy and painful rash and mummies worry less about chemicals and plastic that may cause their little ones to be exposed to other harmful irritants. It also is helpful to mother earth since these diapers decompose in about two years.

 

Here is good news to all eco-moms out there! You can actually help our planet more by reducing the time to compost these plant-based diapers. You read it right! If you think two years is shorter compared to the 500 years of decomposition of diapers made from other materials, what more if we can lessen it to a year?

 

 

Here are tips to composting plant-based diapers at home:

 

  • First, this is for wet diapers with no poop. Composters at home are not hot enough to kill bacteria.
  • Mix it with dried plants and other biodegradable things and make sure to oxygenate it every 2-3 weeks.
  • You can use a compost tumbler or open-air pile that can break down plant-based diapers about one year. You can also use a hot composting bin to make the process faster.
  • If you are thinking of using worm bins, it is not highly advisable because these worms may not be able to handle the big amount of dirty diapers you are using.
  • Use this compost for grass, shrubs, flowers and other non-edible plants. Never use home-composted diapers for food gardens.
  • The compost is advised to be used to fertilize plants which are not edible.

 

It would also help to know that landfills are not facilities that can generate the heat and microbes that are needed to break down biodegradable diapers and wipes. Also, home composters cannot kill bacteria. It is not hot enough. This applies to diapers with no poop. It is also advised to use the compost material for non-food plants.

 

It is true that if there’s a will, there’s a way. Let us save our world for our children’s future.

 

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