Cloth Diapers: Go Greener

by Lambeth Hochwald

Cloth Diapers: Go Greener

4 eco-smart and mom-friendly choices

Cloth diapers have come a long way — most are no more bulky than disposables, fasten without pins, and can be tossed in the washing machine. But you already knew that.

What you may not realize is that cloth diapers are also getting “greener and greener” — better for the environment, better for your baby. Here are some eco-smart choices that are mom-friendly, too:


Pocket Diapers, by Happy Heiny’s

What they are: They can be made more absorbent with washable fabric inserts that slip into a pocket on the inside of the diaper.

Eco-benefits: These pocket diapers are handmade by moms in the United States from custom-milled fleece. Hemp Stuffins inserts are made from organic hemp — a plant fiber that’s less toxic to process and more biodegradable than fibers from other crops, like cotton. ($16 per Pocket Diaper, $6 per hemp insert;

Bamboo Fitted Diapers, by bumGenius

What they are: Superabsorbent and well-fitting diapers with an adjustable hook-and-loop closure.

Eco-benefits: They’re made from bamboo, which grows easily without fertilizer or pesticides and has been found to have natural antibacterial elements. ($13;

Adjustable Velcro Diapers, by Under the Nile

What they are: Fitted all-in-one diapers (meaning they’re diaper and diaper cover in one) with elastic legs.

Eco-benefits: They get their superior absorbency — and softness — from 100 percent organic Egyptian cotton that hasn’t been bleached. ($13;

Organic Absorb-It-All Diapers, by Ecobaby

What they are: Fitted diapers with adjustable side snaps that come in a variety of colors, like pink, seafoam, and buttercup. (Use them with a diaper cover.)

Eco-benefits: Not only are these diapers made of organic Indian cotton, they get their cute hues from natural dyes. ($16;