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Disposable Diapers

By on April 15, 2015

Disposable diapers are the preferred option for many families—both in addition to and instead of cloth. Hybrid diapers which are partly disposable and partly reusable have also grown popular in recent years. Check out Generation Veggie’s cloth diapering page for more information on that option. 

Animal-friendly families may want to consider the specific ingredients used in disposables as well as the animal testing policies of the companies that produce them. We researched well-known brand names, generic options, and several eco-friendly companies to provide a detailed list of information for your consideration. While some companies were very transparent about the materials used in their product, others were not. Please note that prices are subject to change; these examples are intended only as a guideline.

The choices we make for our children are endless. Being vegetarian or vegan adds another layer to the decision-making process but, with the proper information, we can make sure that our choices are the kindest, most ethical ones possible. Know of animal-friendly option not on this list, or curious about a brand we missed? Please contact us.

Andy Pandy
Ingredient information: Non-woven bamboo fiber, totally chlorine free (TCF) wood fluff pulp, SAP, and natural aloe. No chlorine, alcohol, preservatives, phthalates, latex, PVC, TBT or antioxidants.
Animal testing: No
Size: 13-22 lbs.
Price per diaper: $0.46
Where to purchase: Online only

Attitude
Ingredient information: Vegetable-based materials from renewable resources: cellulose, biopolymer and elastomer
Animal testing: No — PETA-certified cruelty-free
Size: 11-24 lbs.
Price per diaper: $0.45
Where to purchase: Online only
Notes: Parent company, Bio Spectra, strongly believes in the ethical treatment of animals.

Babyganics
Ingredient information: Plant-based. No chlorine, latex, petroleum-based lotions or fragrances.
Animal testing: No
Size: 16-28 lbs.
Price per diaper: $0.30
Where to purchase: Online, or at many large retailers, including Target, Buy Buy Baby, Babies”R”Us, and Walgreens
Notes: Babyganics is an economical “green” option.

Bambo Nature
Ingredient information: The absorbent core has 50 percent less chemical gel (SAP) than other eco–disposables and a high percentage of 100 percent biodegradable starch.
Animal testing: No
Size: 15-40 lbs.
Price per diaper: $0.49
Where to purchase: Online only
Notes: Danish parent company, Abena, states that 95 percent of production waste is recycled.

Berkley Jensen (BJs)
Ingredient information: Perfume- and latex- free. Vitamin E, aloe and zinc oxide offer protection against rashes.
Animal testing: No
Size: 16-28 lbs.
Price per diaper: $0.14
Where to purchase: Online or at BJs Warehouse locations
Notes:  Animal welfare does not seem to be a priority for manufacturer, Tyco.

Broody Chicks
Ingredient information: Natural, fully compostable (where permitted) material from annually renewable resources, including wood pulp fibers, natural super absorbers, and a waterproof outer layer composed of Bio-Film (fecula).
Animal testing: No
Size: 15-35 lbs.
Price per diaper: $0.62
Where to purchase: Online only

Comforts Touch of Nature (Kroger)
Ingredient information: Chlorine-free with a plant-based absorbent core. The lining and outer cover are also plant-based.
Animal testing:  Unclear
Size: 16-28 lbs.
Price per diaper: ??
Where to purchase: Kroger locations
Notes:  See also their 2014 Sustainability Report – Page 34

CVS Supreme
Ingredient information: Perfume & latex-free
Animal testing:  No
Size: 16-28 lbs.
Price per diaper: $0.21
Where to purchase: CVS locations

Earth’s Best
Ingredient information: Includes corn and wheat, SAP, and non-chlorine bleached materials. No latex, dyes, or perfumes.
Animal testing: No — Leaping Bunny Certified
Size: 16-28 lbs.
Price per diaper: $0.35
Where to purchase: Online, or at many large retailers, including CVS, Whole Foods, and Walgreens
Notes: Parent company is Hain Celestial.

Flip (Hybrid)
Ingredient information: Bamboo viscose, wood pulp, SAP, starch-based glue.
Animal testing:  No
Size: One-size
Price per diaper: $0.39
Where to purchase: Online, or at select retail locations
Notes: Diaper covers $15-$17/each

gDiapers (Hybrid)
Ingredient information: Cellulose, wood fluff pulp, and SAP. No chlorine, latex, perfume or dye. Disposable inserts are flushable or can be added (wet ones only) to your home compost.
Animal testing: No
Size: 13+ lbs.
Price per diaper: $0.41
Where to purchase: Online, or at many large retailers, including Target, Buy Buy Baby and Babies”R”Us
Notes: Diaper covers $13-$22/each

Huggies
Ingredient information: (Company does not provide information on its website.)
Animal testing:  No
Size: 16-28 lbs.
Price per diaper: $0.22
Where to purchase: Widely available national brand
Notes: Kimberly-Clark, parent company, DOES test on animals for other products.

Kirkland Select (Costco)
Ingredient information: Free of chlorine, fragrance and latex.
Animal testing:  No
Size: 16-28 lbs.
Price per diaper: $0.19
Where to purchase: Online or at Costco Warehouse locations
Notes:  Kirkland diapers may be made by Huggies manufacturer, Kimberly Clark

Luvs
Ingredient information: (Company does not provide information on its website.)
Animal testing:  No
Size: 16-28 lbs.
Price per diaper: $0.36
Where to purchase: Widely available national brand
Notes:  Procter & Gamble, parent company, DOES test on animals for other products.

Lullabies (Aldi)
Ingredient information: (Company does not provide information on its website.)
Animal testing: No
Size: 16-28 lbs.
Price per diaper: $0.14
Where to purchase: Aldi locations
Notes: Aldi is a difficult company to contact.  Their corporate position on animal testing is unknown.

Mom to Mom (Safeway)
Ingredient information: Includes a hypoallergenic liner with natural botanicals, vitamin E and aloe.
Animal testing: No — PETA-certified cruelty-free
Size: 16-28 lbs.
Where to purchase: Safeway locations

Munchkin
Ingredient information: (Company does not provide information on its website.)
Animal testing: Unclear
Size: 16-28 lbs.
Price per diaper: $0.26
Where to purchase: Online or at H.E.B. locations
Notes:  Manufactured in Mexico by Valor Brands LLC

Naty (Nature Babycare)
Ingredient information: Includes totally chlorine free pulp, GMO-free corn starch film, and SAP. No latex, fragrance or TBT, and fully compostable (where permitted). Hypo-allergenic.
Animal testing:  No
Size: 15-40 lbs.
Price per diaper: $0.55
Where to purchase: Online, or at select retail locations

Pampers
Ingredient information: Petrolatum, Stearyl Alcohol, Aloe Barbadensis Extract, Polyethylene, Processed wood pulp, Absorbent Gelling Material (AGM), Cellulose Tissue, Polypropylene, Perfume, Pigment/colorant, Elastic, Adhesives/glue
Animal testing:  No
Size: 16-28 lbs.
Price per diaper: $0.27
Where to purchase: Widely available national brand
Notes:  Procter & Gamble, parent company, DOES test on animals for other products.

Parent’s Choice (Walmart)
Ingredient information: Ultra absorbent core; latex and perfume free
Animal testing: No
Size: 16-28 lbs.
Price per diaper: $0.14
Where to purchase: Online, or at Walmart locations
Notes:  Animal welfare does not seem to be a priority for Walmart.

Seventh Generation
Ingredient information: Unbleached wood pulp, sodium polyacrylate, polypropylene, adhesives, polymer spandex, polyurethane, pigments
Animal testing: No — Leaping Bunny Certified
Size: 16-28 lbs.
Price per diaper: $0.35
Where to purchase: Available at most major retailers
Notes:  Uses dyes to achieve beige coloring

The Honest Company
Ingredient information: Totally Chlorine-Free Wood Pulp (From Certified Sustainably Managed Forests – No Optical Brighteners), Absorbent Bio-Core (Wheat/ Corn Starch Blended With Sodium Polyacrylate), Plant-Based PLA (Inner & Outer Layer), Non-Toxic Adhesives (In Seams & Joints), Polymer Spandex & Polyolefin (In Leg/Waist System), Polyurethane (In Waist Padding), Ink (Free Of Lead & Heavy Metals in Printed Backsheet), Citrus Extract & Liquid Chlorophyll (Natural Odor-Blockers in Bio-Core)
Animal testing: No — PETA-certified cruelty-free
Size: 16-28 lbs.
Price per diaper: $0.41
Where to purchase: Online, or at many large retailers, including Target, Buy Buy Baby, and Whole Foods.
Notes: No animal testing or by-products. Optional diaper/wipe bundle subscription reduces cost per diaper.

Up & Up (Target)
Ingredient information: Wood Fluff Pulp — latex, fragrance and elemental chlorine free
Animal testing: Unclear
Size: 16-28 lbs.
Price per diaper: $0.17
Where to purchase: Online, or at Target locations
Notes:  Animal welfare does not seem to be a priority for Target.

Well Beginnings (Walgreens)
Ingredient information: Plastic, Wood Fluff Pulp, Polypropylene. Fragrance-free.
Animal testing: No
Size: 16-28 lbs.
Price per diaper: $0.19
Where to purchase: Online, or at Walgreens locations
Notes: Per PETA, Walgreen’s DOES conduct some animal testing.

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Christina lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.