take those diapers outside.
gDiapers disposable inserts break down quickly in home compost. So waste becomes resource. In your own backyard.
how does your garden grow?
Bet you've never seen a disposable diaper do this! Our disposable inserts break down in home composts in 50-150 days, taking baby's wet diapers and turning them into a valuable soil amendment. So what happens when you crank up the heat in a commercial compost? The disposable inserts go back to the earth in one week. You heard right. Compostable diapers are happening. Right here. Please note that gDiapers have not yet been approved for curbside composting in North America.
In May 2009 Soil First, a Tasmanian owned and operated compost company, conducted a commercial compost trial for gDiapers disposable inserts. Soil First selected a windrow that was 7 days old, had a core temperature of 61 degrees celsius and a moisture content of approximately 40%. The wet inserts were placed on top of the windrow, and then turned by the compost turner once, to get them to the core of the pile. When the compost turner returned one week later to inspect the rate of decomposition, the inserts were completely gone. Not a trace was found.
The trial concluded that gDiapers disposable inserts break down very early in a commercial compost process. Previous testing of other brands of diapers caused major contamination issues, as the plastics in them did not break down. gDiapers disposable inserts were already known to be compostable diapers in a home compost, and the commercial process proved that the degradation rate could be cut by several weeks by turning up the heat. See below for a photo from the actual commercial compost trial conducted in Tasmania in 2009. That's some hot dirt!
composting in your own backyard.
You don't need to create windrows or have a groovy compost turning tractor to reap the benefits of composting disposable inserts. Get or build a compost bin, it can be as simple or as complex as you like. Collect your yard waste, your fruit and veggie scraps from the kitchen, your coffee grounds and your baby's wet-only disposable inserts and watch how they work together to break down into useful and valuable compost. Check out the diaper therapy blog for more tips on getting started with backyard composting.