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The first new choice in diapers in more than 40 years, gDiapers is the best of disposable and cloth in one earth-friendly diaper. gDiapers provides parents with a diapering solution that is good for babies, parents and the planet. Parents have the flexibility of a disposable diaper with a biodegradable disposable insert or they can opt for reusability of super soft and trim-fitting cloth inserts.
gDiapers biodegradable disposable inserts can be home composted, tossed, or flushed. They break down in home composts in about 3 months, unlike disposables which can take up to 500 years.
gDiapers are a two-part system. The disposables or cloth insert fits into a pair of colorful gPants. When the insert is soiled simply remove, replace, and re-use the same gPant.
gDiapers are available online and in natural products retailers in the US, Canada and the UK.
Conventional diapers are the third largest contributor to landfills. 20 billion are thrown away each year. (That's 50 million disposable diapers every day.) Each disposable diaper has a petroleum-based plastic layer (don’t let the softness fool you!). The plastic layer prevents these diapers from breaking down. It’s estimated that it takes 500 years for one disposable diaper to biodegrade. Additionally, most of these diapers contain untreated human waste that can leach into the water table. It all adds up to no good.
While living in beautiful Sydney, Kim and Jason Graham-Nye felt very fortunate to discover a Tasmanian company that made flushable/compostable diapers. So they bought the worldwide rights (excluding Australia and New Zealand), raised a bunch of money, improved and re-branded the product and brought the concept to Portland, Oregon to launch in the US.
- 20 billion diapers go to landfill every year in the US. Diapers are the third largest contributor to landfills, World Watch Institute Good Stuff Guide.
- It takes up to 500 years for these disposable diapers to biodegrade, The Insider's Guide to Natural Health, www.whatreallyworks.co.uk.
- 90% of Americans use disposable diapers, Lehrburger, Mullen, Jones. Diapers: Environmental Impacts and Lifecycle Analysis. January 1991.
about us: the gDiapers story.
One day over breakfast, Australian couple Jason and Kim Graham-Nye came across an interesting fact. They found that conventional disposable diapers are the third largest contributors to landfills in the world and yet only five percent of the population uses them. It was a fact of stunning proportion met by another amazing fact. A single disposable diaper can take up to 500 years to biodegrade in the landfill. That got the Graham-Nye’s thinking. They were about to have a baby themselves. At 60 diapers a week until toilet training kicks in compounded by the possibility of having more than one child, well, it was beyond comprehension. Did they want to jump on the landfill train? Absolutely not! And what about their garbage can? Could it contain it all?
It was too much to imagine and so they did what any two self respecting, socially responsible people do in a situation like that, they began researching an alternative. For them, disposables were out. Cloth used too much water for the water conscious couple living in drought-stricken Australia. And then they found it. A company in Tasmania made flushable/compostable diapers. They were delighted to find them in their own backyard. They placed an order immediately. The idea went over big with family and friends.
And so, the Graham-Nye’s brought this revolutionary new concept to the U.S. all the way from Australia. Perhaps you’ve heard of the place? Great beaches. Cute accent. Cuddly Koalas. Kangaroos. Sustainable diaper systems. Jason and Kim Graham-Nye know everything there is to know about diapers. They can recite data in their sleep.
By the way, Kim and Jason are the proud parents of two boys, Fynn and Harper. gDiaper users all the way.
"fair dinkum" means being genuine.
Fair Dinkum is an Australian expression that means being genuine and real with everyone you encounter. Well put. That is our philosophy toward our business, our people and the planet.
gDiapers is also about children and families. We are a diaper company, after all. We love our kids, our employees' kids and of course, your kids. We love the planet too, which is why we started a company that is sensitive to the Earth. Because that's what all our children will inherit.
Speaking of children, we have our own, and if there's one thing we understand, it is that their needs don't wait until the end of the workday. Up until the Industrial Revolution came along and separated parents and children, families always worked together. So, we encourage our working parents to bring their kids to work. We have an onsite child development center. If mom needs to nurse or wants some playtime with her baby, gDiapers is set up to accommodate her needs. If a child is sick, by all means, go home. We hope everyone feels better soon. If dad wants to see Jr. in the school talent show in the middle of the day, he has our blessing. In fact, we may come with him.
We also support flextime schedules and telecommuting. Hey, as long as you get the job done on time, where and when you go about it is your choice. Our goal is to create an environment where being a good parent as well as a good employee should not be in conflict with one another.
As a socially responsible company, we make sure our stakeholders are respected and treated fairly as well. We work with China Labour Watch to keep an eye on the mill we use to ensure workers are treated fairly and working conditions are constantly being improved. We care about everyone involved in our business. From the folks in Nanjing, China, to Portland, Oregon and everywhere in between.
Well, that's it in a nutshell. People, planet, profit = fair dinkum.
‘g' is for green, grow, genuine, global, genius, grace, generous, golly gee, glee, gorgeous, garden, groovy, grand, glow, goo goo, gem, giggle, gaily, gentle, grateful, ga ga, good, glimmer, and giddy... you get the idea.
what others have to say about it.
Here's what other people have to say about gDiapers and other very important subjects:
Cradle to cradle environmental certification
gDiapers is the first consumer-packaged product to receive the prestigious Cradle-to-Cradle design certification from eco-innovators, William McDonough and Michael Braungart's design firm, MBDC (McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry).
Do they really flush?
gDiapers met the acceptance criteria of the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) flush test. A third-party, independent laboratory tested the ability of a gDiapers disposable insert to pass through six typical North American household toilet fixtures. Based on all six toilet fixtures, the disposable insert met the WERF acceptance criteria for bowl and trap clearance.
Co-op America Business Network
gDiapers is a certified member of the Co-op America Business Network. Through a strict company review and screening process, the network certified gDiapers commitment to social and environmental responsibility.
frequently asked questions.
Find answers to our frequently asked questions in the Diaper Therapy Blog. If you don't find what you're looking for, contact us by phone, e-mail or Web form and we'll get you the information you need.
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