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Flushable diapers!

June 23, 2011

Yes! gDiapers disposable inserts are flushable! And as you’ll learn being a parent not all things are flushable, though your toddler may try to prove otherwise.

Our disposable inserts have been designed to be flushed down toilets in North America (so to our friends outside the US and Canada, please disregard this entire post, do NOT flush your inserts, compost or toss instead). What are the perks of flushing? For one, NO POOPY DIAPER SMELL IN THE HOUSE! For two, it means that your baby’s poop goes down the potty, not in a garbage can. It’s simply the safest way that we have to dispose of human waste. Bottom line.

If you’re keen to be a flusher, just be sure you know thy toilet. If you’ve had plumbing issues in the past, then it’s probably not your best option. Let’s be comprehensive here about what that could mean.

  • Do not flush with tree-infested, faulty or non-standard plumbing.*
  • Septic? We don’t recommend it..
  • Newbies: use two flushes, one for the inner core and one for the outer material. Once you get the hang if it, you can graduate to one flush.
  • Never flush more than one disposable insert at a time.
  • If using flushable wipes (gWipes are not meant to be flushed, by the way), flush separately.
  • Don’t let the contents sit in the bowl for very long as they will simply absorb all the water. After all, a disposable insert can hold 100 times its weight in water.
  • If you do get a clog, reach into the toilet and pull out the material. You can always wash your hands. If that doesn’t work grab the plunger. If you feel you got a clog despite following the directions, please let us know.
  • When in doubt, throw it out. We wouldn’t want an unknown plumbing issue to cause you a massive headache as a result of flushing. So, please, if you suspect you have tree roots in your pipes, or other iffy situation, don’t flush.

* Faulty plumbing would mean there is something broken, systemically flawed, or warped due to time. Examples would be tree-infested pipes, where the roots have sought out the water in the pipes and squeezed their way inside. Older cast iron or clay pipes can crack with age, causing fissures where the coverstock of the disposable insert could snag, potentially building up over time and blocking the pipes.

Non-standard plumbing includes (but is not limited to): ejector pumps, house traps and cess pools. We don’t recommend flushing if you have a septic system.

If you are a renter ask the landlord or building manager about the state of your pipes. If you own your home it should be stated on your home inspection report.

Alrighty, now that you’ve read and digested every single word above. Let’s get in to the how-to. It’s simple really.

1. Rip

2. Swish

3. Flush

Rip down a side of the disposable insert (over the toilet bowl). If the insert isn’t already pretty soaked, dunk it in the bowl first to let it soak up a bit of the water. This just makes things easier. Now that it’s ripped, dump out the inner core. This is the absorbent part. Dump it all in the bowl. Give it a little swish with the swishstick (included in most gPants 2-packs and bundles — if you don’t have one, give us a shout). Then flush! If you’re new at this, hold on to the outer coverstock while the inner fluff gets whooshed away, then let go of the coverstock at the last second. This is just to ensure that the two parts are completely separated. Make sense? You’ve got this covered.

about the author Kelli Martinelli – Kelli has been with gDiapers since its infancy in 2006. She writes the gDiapers blog, email campaigns, web content, manages social media and customer service and supports PR. She occasionally takes a stab at her own blog It’s Me, Kelli, where she chronicles her waste reduction efforts and her stories as a single mama to two kiddos. Stay in touch on the gDiapers bloggoogle + and twitter.

19 thoughts on “Flushable diapers!”

  1. Just put on her first GDiaper and she looks so snazzy! Great company. So here’s a question. How long does it take for the insert to break down in water on its way out to the sea? Your video of it breaking down in compost in two months is awesome, but if it takes even half that long after being flushed, then couldn’t a turtle or a bird ingest it and then come down with tummy trouble?

    1. When an insert is flushed it gets processed through the wastewater treatment facilities, which have screens and macerators in place to ensure that there are no ingestible pieces making its way out to our seas. Any solids that make it through the screens get separated into bio-solids, which are captured for soil rehabilitation. In short, a gDiapers disposable insert breaks down even faster when flushed, as it has to first be separated (per the flushing instructions) and then is assisted by the wastewater treatment process.

    1. No. Please don’t flush them. And in fact any wipes that say they are flushable, please proceed with caution. Most of them are deemed “flushable” by their size, and not their material composition.

    1. Our disposable inserts have only been tested for flushing in North America. So if you choose to flush elsewhere, please proceed with caution.

  2. I have been using and flushing your awesome product as a backup to cloth diapers. Recently, municipalities have made the news citing sewer backups from contents that other manufacturers considered & labeled ‘flushable’. I noticed your comment that the content is different than ‘flushable’ (but not really!) wipes. Have you received any reports regarding the g-inserts?

    1. The reports you’ve heard about are from “flushable” wipes, which are deemed flushable by their size and not their material composition. Being flushable by size then becomes a moot issue if more than one wipe is flushed at a time, which tends to be the case. It’s pretty rare that any parent can get through one diaper change using only one wipe. :0) Our disposable inserts have passed the necessary testing to be flushed in North America, based not on size but by the actual material used in the insert itself. When used properly, we have not received any municipal reports of problems with flushing our disposable inserts. There was one report about 7 years ago of a city studying the flushability of our inserts, but their testing was flawed. They flushed the whole insert en masse, as opposed to following the directions to rip, swish and then flush. I hope this helps!

  3. We just started using Gdiapers, we are always on the go so i just love the disposable inserts and i love that you can flush them but i have a warning for you, i asked my 7 year old daughter to take the insert to the bathroom so i could flush it in a minute and she thought she would help and well she flushed the entire thing, without breaking it up and my bathroom completely flooded, and snaking and plunging did nothing to unclog it so we had to take the toilet up to get it out, because it expanded so much being in the casing an unable to break up..i’m just glad it didn’t actually get further than inside the toilet, and didn’t go down the drain bc that would have been a big nightmare.. so everyone this is a great product IF YOU BREAK THEM APART.. so please dont flush them whole, because its a nightmare.. but if you break them up and swish it around a little first it breaks up into this gel sort stuff and goes down just as easy as water and the casing goes down like toilet paper.. We use the cloth diapers with liner during the day and sometimes at night and disposables when we are around town or my husband changes her lol.. We love our gdiapers so far and they are very absorbant our baby pees ALOT and we have yet to have a leak..

    1. Hi Kristen! Although they have been using gDiapers in septic systems for years in Australia, we simply haven’t had them tested in American septic systems. We recommend composting the wet ones if you are able. If composting is not an option for you, just put the poop in the toilet and toss the rest, just to be safe!

  4. I’m considering switching over from disposable diapers. My only concern is for those poop diapers. My son is close to 12 weeks and only breastfed. His poops are really runny and already I’ve had quite a few blowouts. How do gdiapers handle poops and how easy is the clean up? I love the idea of flushing the insents, however, I do not love getting poop all over me and my son!

    1. Hi Jessica! As long as your g’s are on correctly, blowouts are rarely an issue. For easy cleanup you’ll want to have extra pouches on hand so if you do get a messy diaper, you can unsnap the pouch and snap a new, clean one in. The great thing about breastmilk poop too is that it’s water soluble and can go right into your washing machine! If you have any further questions, shoot us an email at info@gDiapers.com.

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