*gDiapers are 100% biodegradable in home composts per ASTM standards by a third party independent lab (wet ones only please). Nothing truly biodegrades in a landfill. But gDiapers gives you options for disposal. Flush, compost or toss. The choice is yours.
Simply put, biodegradability means that naturally occurring microorganisms and weathering processes are capable of decomposing a material or product into recyclable biological nutrients without (this is critical) leaving any harmful residues behind. Because gDiapers disposable inserts break down in 50-150 days in a home compost, and because they can be flushed, we can put less garbage into landfills. (Compost the wet ones only, please. Human feces should not be home composted.)
You know and we know that we need to make better choices in how we make and use products. Naturally we want what’s best for our babies, as well as what’s best for our planet. Unfortunately, many products manufactured by modern industrial methods are not biodegradable, including disposable diapers.
There are a lot of claims out there about “environmentally friendly,” “all natural” and even “biodegradable” that are not backed up by rigorous (if any) testing. But today there are established standards for biodegradable testing, such as ASTM D6400, which place materials in normal composting conditions and measure the actual breakdown as it occurs over time.
In this context, biodegradability (or biodegradation) is a way of measuring how much and how quickly a product breaks down and whether there are any toxic residues left behind. The ASTM tests allow a 180-day period to achieve 95% degradation.
Our disposable inserts have been tested to these standards by an independent laboratory. It was verified that under normal composting conditions our product truly is biodegradable.