AUSTRALIAN NON-TOXIC AWARD
SILVER ROSETTE WINNER – Disposable Nappy Category
EENEE – Compostable Nappies
Ingredients and Materials:
Excellent. Chlorine free, Non GMO corn starch based leg guards, compostable bio film waterproof layer, 100% viscose outer, no non-compostable plastic, no waistband elastic. Fsc certified wood pulp
Social Responsibility Summary:
- Forestry certified wood pulp in nappies
- No single use plastics – only compostable ingredients in pads
- Consider the circular economy in everything they do.
- Set out to address the huge issue of single use plastic nappies that are destined to fill our landfills for generations to come.
- Aim to produce a nappy that can be easily and economically recycled through commercial composting.
- Have taken on the challenge of tackling the significant bureaucratic barriers to having the nappies accepted as commercial compost feedstocks.
- Successfully started a local food and green waste collection service 8 years ago so that their local customers could send their eenee nappies to commercial composting.
“Eenee is a small business on a mission to save the planet. For those of us who feel unable to use cloth nappies, Eenee wanted to provide an environmentally friendly option for disposable nappy using families so as to direct a percentage of the 6 million nappies used in Australia every single day from going to land fill. They came up with a world first compostable nappy. These nappies are not suitable for home composting, but they are approved for commercial composting by Compost Australia.
By splitting the conventional disposable nappy into two parts – a nappy pad and a reusable belt or pant, eenee has been able to remove the need for conventional plastics which would contaminate the composting process. The reusable pants and belts are available in lots of bright, fun colours. The idea is that you change the pad inside at nappy changes and keep using the reusable part for the whole day.
I tried both the belt and the nappy pants on my 19 month old son. The pad isn’t difficult to fit into the belt or pants to prepare for the change. Fit wise, I think the nappy belt would be a good option for a baby or younger child but on my larger than average son, the gaps at the side of the leg looked like we’d get leaks. The nappy pants on the other hand were a great fit and the end result looked very much like Charlie was wearing a modern cloth nappy. The difference between these and cloth nappies however is that there is so much less washing required and more importantly for me, so much less drying time. You still dispose of the messy bit and at the end of the day you just have a very thin outer reusable bit to wash which dries very quickly.
The nappy pants worked well, they are absorbent and my son found them comfortable once he got used to them. I would size up as once the absorbent pad gets fuller, the stretchy pants started getting a bit tight on the hip.
I really love that these nappy pads are made with certified sustainable wood pulp and that using them results in much less plastic going to landfill and that they are fully biodegradable. Unfortunately where I live in Sydney, we have no commercial composting facilities available. However, if I lived in Melbourne, Adelaide, Hobart, northern NSW or elsewhere which does have these facilities available, I would definitely be using Eenee nappies, at least for daytime use.
Eenee nappies fit and absorb well whilst also having the potential to be a big game changer environmentally. I’d love to see these nappies become more mainstream.”
“Eenee nappies are a truly unique concept. They explain that they are “”the worlds first plastic free disposable nappy”” This is achieved by splitting the nappy in two. The main nappy part (called a U Pad) is the absorbent core. The wrap or pull up is a reusable fabric part that replaces the elastic waist and tabs of other nappies. You place the U Pad in the fabric section and then use like any other disposable. The U Pad section is commercially compostable (they are working with councils to allow them to go in green bins) Once I got my head around how this was all supposed to go together it was easy. I have used both a pull up and a band and they are both easy to use. It does take a moment to get the nappy ready so a wriggly baby or a midnight change can be a bit more challenging but I’m sure the more you do it the easier it becomes. I did find the pull up a bit tight on bub and it left some marks. They are really absorbent and we had no leak issues. They are also soft on the skin. A great eco nappy option.
Size: Medium – 30 nappies
Type: Eco compostable nappy
Material: FSC certified fluff pulp, super absorbent material (SAP), viscose outer nonwoven fabrics, corn-starch nonwoven inner lining, bio film. No chlorine
Australian Owned / Operated: Yes.
Australian Made: No – China. Designed in Australia.
RRP: $0.63 per nappy. Wrap $15.95 (reusable)”
“These nappies are a groundbreaking idea – I love that they’re a cloth and disposable nappy hybrid. Both the cloth belts and the pants are really easy to use, it only took me a few goes to get the hang of each changing process. My preference for a one-year-old is definitely the pants – we had a couple of leaks with the belt just because the pad moved slightly to the side due to over activity, so the pants are definitely the snugger option for a busy crawler. The nappy pads breathe well, with no sign of nappy rash. They also last through the night (dependent on the amount of breast feeds!)
The really, really wonderful thing about these nappies is that they are entirely free of plastic and 100% compostable. If only everyone composted their nappies, right? Imagine the cut down on landfill?! My only issue is that I can’t actually compost the nappies! I can’t seem to locate a commercial composting facility in my area – it would be so fantastic if a guide to composting nappies was available on the Eeenee website.”
“I received excellent feedback for Eenee’s compostable nappies. No leaks or signs of discomfort. The fit is fantastic, the reusable wrap is adjustable & best of all the nappy is compostable. There is no need to stress over landfill when this nappy decomposes, such a fantastic product for keeping baby clean & dry, & sparing the planet from more non-compostable waste.”
“Loved that these were compostable, did have a few issues with leaking. Really liked the effort this company has put into making all aspects ecofriendly.”