FAQ - Environment & Sustainability Detail
- What are your nappies made from?
- What percentage of the nappy is biodegradable?
- Why did you choose to make your nappies from bamboo?
- How is the bamboo processed?
- How long will your nappies take to break down in landfill?
- Are your nappies 100% plastic-free?
- How do you dispose of the nappies?
- Are your nappies compostable?
- Are your nappies vegan?
What are your nappies made from?
Approximately 67% of the nappy is bamboo (biodegradable/plant-based).
Other components include:
100% biodegradable bamboo fiber top-sheet and back-sheet Super absorbency (Sodium polyacrylate) Sumitomo SAP with mixed TCF wood pulp Preservative-free aloe Vera gel liner Elastic waist band Elastic side panel Breathable back-sheet Wetness indicator.
What percentage of the nappy is biodegradable?
Approximately 67% of the nappy is biodegradable/plant-based (bamboo), and our small businesses FSC certified. (The Forest Stewardship Council certification covers the sustainable management of bamboo plantations).
There are no disposable nappies on the market that are 100% biodegradable – unfortunately it's not yet feasible to engineer certain aspects out, such as the plastic tabs and elastic seams theater in our nappies.
Why did you choose to make your nappies from bamboo?
For SO many reasons! Here’s 6:1) Bamboo is a highly sustainable, fast-growing and naturally renewable tree-like grass that doesn’t need pesticide or herbicide and requires very little water to grow.
2)It’s the fastest growing grass, and can grow up to 119 cm in 24 hours!
3) It doesn’t require replanting after harvesting due to its vast root network.
4)It’s amazingly soft & comfy (perfect for your baby’s delicate skin).
5) It has antimicrobial properties which allows our nappies to contain no chemical nasties or skin irritating ‘enhancers’ such as Chlorine, Latex, PVC, TBT, Perfume, Lotions or Phthalates.
6) It has natural Antibacterial qualities as well as being Hypoallergenic.
We’re proud to be an FSC certified company. The FSC (Forest Stewardship Council)certification covers the sustainable management of bamboo plantations.
How is the bamboo processed?
Our manufacturer in China manages the bamboo processing. We couldn't be prouder of the bamboo specialists we have partnered with in terms of their ethics, manufacturing quality, access to sustainable plant-based materials, health and safety accreditations, specialty equipment and state of the antitechnology. Their certifications include OEKO-TEX®, FSC + more.
How long will your nappies take to break down in landfill?
We can’t provide a concrete time frame of their break down, as it depends on the landfill – some landfills cap quicker than others, some pre-sort, some add moisture, some cover with dirt daily, etc.
While we can't know with 100% absolutely certainty what happens in each and every landfill around the country, we believe that disposing of a nappy that is made with renewable, sustainable, plant-based, biodegradable materials, even in the most anaerobic conditions, is better than disposing a conventional nappy made with more plastic and chemicals.
Are your nappies 100% plastic-free?
No, Comfy Koalas nappies are not 100% plastic-free. While our nappies are made predominantly from biodegradable & sustainable bamboo, it's not yet feasible to engineer certain non-biodegradable aspects out, such as the plastic tabs and elastic seams.
How do you dispose of the nappies?
All you need to do is pop the nappies into a biodegradable bag, and then into the regular garbage bin.
Are your nappies compostable?
Unfortunately your nappies aren't compostable. To dispose of them, all you need to do is pop the nappies into a biodegradable bag, and then into the regular garbage bin.
Are your nappies vegan?
Yes! They're as vegan as a strong almond latte, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.