"Chemical analysis of the emissions revealed several chemicals with documented respiratory toxicity." Dr. Rosalind C. Anderson
Los Angeles, California (PRWEB) September 30, 2011
In today’s toxic world most parents constantly strive to provide their children the healthiest foods, cleanest water and safest environments to thrive in. However, most parents never question the safety of using a disposable diaper on their baby’s delicate skin. The only thing closer to a baby than it’s caregiver on daily basis is the baby’s diaper and most parents have gratefully embraced the convenience of the disposable diaper since it became readily available in the 1950’s. Upon birth, millions of children are swaddled tightly day and night in disposable diapers for anywhere from 1- 4 years and yet majority of parents are not adequately informed about the potential danger of some of the diaper ingredients.
To begin with, certain ingredients, which have been found in some disposable diapers, are quite shocking to say the least. According to the Real Diaper Association, many disposable diapers contain traces of Dioxin, an extremely toxic by-product of the paper-bleaching process. Dioxin is a carcinogenic chemical, listed by the EPA as the most toxic of all cancer-linked chemicals. It was banned in most countries after scientists proved it to be harmful to both animals and human life. Unfortunately, dioxins don’t break down in the environment and eventually accumulate in the air, water, food, and in our bodies. Despite these highly alarming facts, the U.S. has not banned Dioxin and continues to allow the manufacturing of products such as diapers, which contain this deadly chemical.
Furthermore, according to a scientific study published in the October 1999 issue of Archives of Environmental Health, there is even a possible link between diaper emissions and asthma. The study concluded that laboratory mice exposed to various brands of disposable diapers straight from the package have suffered increased eye, nose and throat irritation, as well as bronchial constriction similar to that of an asthma attack. Even in a mid-sized room, the emissions from one diaper were high enough to produce asthma-like symptoms. These findings appear in a scientific report entitled “Acute Respiratory Effects of Diaper Emissions,” concluded by lead author Dr. Rosalind C. Anderson in the state of Vermont at Anderson Laboratories, Inc. The report states that, "Chemical analysis of the emissions revealed several chemicals with documented respiratory toxicity. The results demonstrate that some types of disposable diapers emit mixtures of chemicals that are toxic to the respiratory tract. Disposable diapers should be considered as one of the factors that might cause or exacerbate asthmatic conditions." Babies are much more susceptible to the toxic effects of chemical emissions because their tiny lungs breathe in more air per pound of body weight than an adult does. Further study is needed to determine what level of diaper chemical emission triggers infant respiratory distress. In the meantime, Dr. Anderson advises asthmatic mothers to avoid exposure to these chemicals.
Even though cloth diapering has become more popular, trendy and user-friendly over the years, the hefty start up cost, inconvenience, and tedious laundering of these diapers steers many parents away from this alternative to disposables. Which leaves parents the only other option to diapering, called elimination communication. This is a method where babies go diaper free, which becomes a nearly impossible option for most parents in the hustle and bustle of today’s churning society.
Yet parents can now rest assured knowing that there is finally a comfortable, certified non-toxic, and environmentally conscious disposable diaper brand currently available in the U.S. called Bambo-Nature. Bambo-Nature is manufactured in Denmark by Abena and was developed in collaboration with a core group of parents to assure that the product is user friendly with a practical yet efficient design. Bambo-Nature diapers are both ultra-thin and ultra-absorbent with a unique layer that draws wetness away from baby’s skin, keeping baby dry and comfortable even with repeat wetting. Bambo-Nature has produced a range of baby diapers offering minimum environmental impact combined with maximum freedom of movement and comfort for the child. The breathable back sheet allows air to circulate to the skin, thereby reducing moisture. Abena certifies that no known substances classified as carcinogenic, mutagenic, harmful, causing allergy, or locally irritating or sensitizing have been added during the production of the raw material or used during production of the finished product. Bambo-Nature products also explicitly list all of the “Product Ingredients” as well as the harmful chemicals and substances NOT within their diaper (View Statement of Ingredients at: http://www.bambo-nature.com/product-ingredients.html)
What’s equally impressive is the fact that Abena’s Bambo-Nature is the only baby diaper in the world awarded with Europe’s prestigious Nordic Swan Eco Label. This certification was awarded to Bambo-Nature for their minimal environmental impact and responsible eco practices. The Nordic Eco-label, commonly known in the Nordic countries as “the Swan” because of its symbol, requires manufacturers and their raw material suppliers to adhere to strict environmental and health guidelines in the selection and preparation of raw materials and during production of a finished product. The end result is a guarantee that products with a label are manufactured with no harmful chemicals, a reduction of carbon dioxide emissions, less waste and more recycling. The diapering products are also 80% biodegradable, more than 3 times as much as other disposable diaper brands. Bambo-Nature products and packaging materials can also be disposed of through recycling, incineration or composting. Additionally, Abena has almost completely reduced all waste during manufacturing; even powder and dust from the plant is filtered, collected, and sold for further use.
Correspondingly, to help minimize impacts on health and the environment, Abena has voluntarily elected to undergo strict, rigorous environmental inspections of their products. The setting of criteria is based on an assessment of impacts during the whole life cycle - all the way from raw material to production, consumption and waste. Abena pursues a comprehensive Total Quality Management policy with ISO certificates, OSHA certificates, other health certificates, and is a member of the United Nation’s Global Compact. The Global Compact is a voluntary corporate initiative to bring companies together to support ten principles in the areas of human rights, labor standards and the environment. (View all certificates at: http://www.bambo-nature.com).
With over 80% of diapering using disposables, it is estimated that over 18 BILLION diapers are used per year; and probably more since the introduction of pull-ups and training pants. Since diapers are only needles in the haystack of the waste we create in our environments, it seems to be imperative that companies invest time, energy, research, and technological development to create and promote products that are safe, eco-friendly and sustainable. Bambo-Nature’s commitment to protecting the environment and its inhabitants is long-term, with the intention that both future generations and we, will be able to live in harmony with nature. Therefore, Bambo-Nature has also become a trusted partner of Healthy Child Healthy World, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit igniting the movement that empowers parents to protect children from harmful chemicals. This organization intends to provide millions of parents with information on how to create a non-toxic, happy and healthy environment for their children. Healthy Child Healthy World has recently gained the support of mother and first lady Michelle Obama, who is actively speaking out on their behalf and recognizing the organization as one of her favorite causes. Celebrity parents such as Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks and Gwyneth Paltrow are also lending their voices to support and emphasize the importance of what Healthy Child Healthy World stands for.
While living in a world that has become exceedingly dependent on materialism, it is encouraging to know that when it comes to consumption and waste, progress is currently being made in educating humanity on the destructive impact that this endless cycle has on people’s health and the future of the planet. As consumers, we must now take the necessary steps to evolve into more efficient ways of life by simply revising our lifestyle choices. This process becomes easier to achieve with companies such as Abena acknowledging the devastating effects of consumption, waste and toxins and for this reason, creating products that are safe for the consumer and the planet. Working with their raw material suppliers, accepting independent tests and inspections, and producing one of the most environmentally friendly baby diapers, Abena has sincerely demonstrated their commitment to caring about people’s health and the health of our future generations, as well as improving the world we live in. Now its up to humanity to take action by supporting and promoting environmental causes as well as the companies and organizations that drive them; Not only as individuals and consumers, but as one entity with only one planet we can call home.
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Allsopp, Michelle. Achieving Zero Dioxin: An emergency strategy for dioxin elimination. September 1994. Greenpeace. http://archive.greenpeace.org/toxics/reports/azd/azd.html
Anderson, Rosalind, and Julius Anderson. "Acute Respiratory Effects of Diaper Emissions," Archives of Environmental Health, 54, October 1999.