Our Mission

To ensure that no family struggles to provide diapers for their children, to dramatically reduce the amount of diaper waste in landfills, and to increase awareness and capacity to compost.

Family Health

  • Clean diapers are central to the well being of families. It’s stressful for parents to weigh changing their baby regularly against other basic needs like rent and groceries.

  • Without consistent diaper changes, babies are at risk of rashes and other health problems. This can place even more financial hardship on families and time off work for doctor visits.

  • Disposable diapers and wipes cost on average $100 or more per month and at least $3,000 per child over the course of their life.

  • Parents often have to cut back on basic necessities such as food and utilities to buy diapers.

  • Daycares often require that each child have a clean supply of diapers. This makes it difficult for low income families to find child care so they can work.

Sustainability

  • An estimated 20 billion disposable diapers are added to landfills throughout the country each year, creating about 3.5 million tons of waste.

  • Non-compostable diapers are the third largest consumer item in US landfills, represent 30% of non-biodegradable waste. Read more >>

  • The average baby goes through 6-8 diapers a day and will use between  6,500–10,000 diapers  before potty training.

  • Plastic diapers take between 200 and 500 years to decompose in landfill.

  • It takes compostable diapers just 3 months to breakdown to dirt in special composting facilities.

  • Human waste in landfill is a potential hazard to the environment. Diaper composting facilities use temperatures high enough to kill harmful bacteria and pathogens.

Method

It’s simple. We partner with agencies that work directly with identified low-income families to provide either free or subsidized diapers and a diaper composting service .

In addition to diaper drop off and pick up, the program includes educational components for participating families to build awareness and commitment to sustainability. Clean Earth Diaper Project also serves group homes such as shelters for homeless families, safe homes for those struggling with domestic violence and addiction. We create central drop off and pick up locations where families can receive and drop off diapers as well as other services such as food support.

We use two types of compostable diapers: Bamboo and Naty, both of which meet the highest currently available environmental standards.

Impact

To date, the Clean Earth Diaper Project has piloted our first program in Santa Cruz County. Hear from the early participants in our pilot program on our “MEET THE FAMILIES” page.