gDiapers are innovative diapers invented by a husband and wife team from Australia. They are being billed as the first flushable diapers, and will soon be available in the U.S. The system consists of an outer shell (similar to a diaper wrap), an absorbent flushable insert, and a nylon snap-in liner. The whole ensemble comes with a “swishstick” for breaking up the disposable insert in the toilet.
The flushable insert is a kind of “fluff” made from sustainably harvested wood pulp. The inserts also contain the superabsorbent material “sodium polyacrylate” which is commonly used in disposable diapers. This substances has come under fire in the past because it was linked to diaper rash and Toxic Shock Syndrome in tampons. The gDiapers FAQ page argues that the sodium polyacrylate was wrongly identified as the culprit in these cases, and is safe to use.
A starter kit (2 pants, 10 flushables) is priced at $24.99. Apparently gDiapers will be sold in Whole Foods stores on the West Coast, and online ordering is coming soon.
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