They might only be teeny in size but babies are huge when it comes to their impact on the earth. And like most modern expectant mums, I vowed that I would be an eco-warrior parent once my kid arrived.
After all, two billion nappies slide into Australian landfills each year, and your standard disposables take 500 years to decompose. That’s not even thinking about the endless wet wipes and those little plastic nappy bags.
But the reality is this – when my little dude recently arrived, I didn’t even know where to start. It’s confusing out there in eco-land and actually, I want something that’s good for the planet but also good for my baby’s cute peachy butt.
So, I decided to ask the expert. Aimee Marks is the Australian woman behind tooshies by TOM, a planet-friendly sustainable nappy made from natural plant-based materials that she designed after welcoming twins into the world in 2014.
She may need a few more of them now after welcoming her third child, Jack Bear, just a few weeks ago. I spoke to Aimee this week:
Tell me about eco-nappies and why mums should be thinking of them as an option.
As a mum of three, with my son born just weeks ago, I relate to how hard it is to find that perfect product – especially when there’s so much choice and you haven’t sleep for weeks or months.
But it’s important that mums look at the ingredients in the nappies they choose. If a brand isn’t revealing what is in them then there is a chance they’re packed with nasty chemicals.
We choose to use mainly plant-derived and sustainable materials in our nappies as opposed to opting for oil-based plastics, fragrances and lotions that can contain ingredients like parabens and phthalates.
What makes the tooshies by TOM eco-nappies different to conventional nappies?
When I had my twins, I was introduced into the world of disposable nappies. I’d always been conscious about my environmental impact but with two babies and a lot of nappy changes, reusable cloth nappies just weren’t a realistic option for me. It made me realise that there was a need for an eco-nappy offering that catered to modern families. So, Tooshies by TOM was born.
The TOM team is made up of a passionate group of women – most of us are mums ourselves – so every decision we make is with the next generation in mind, especially concerning health and the environment.
We can all relate to how hard it is to make informed product decisions when you’re balancing a family but our mission is to encourage people to make more conscious choices when it comes to the products they use on and in their body.
But what exactly makes them ‘eco’?
Almost half of each nappy is made from plant-based materials, where possible we use plastics that are made from plant based renewable resources, like sugar and corn instead of the crude oil-based plastics that most conventional brands use. It’s not just about the end-use landfill – the biggest carbon footprint reductions that can be made from disposable nappies is in their raw materials and production. We are using materials that are renewable and have lower carbon emissions.