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The Unbelievable Truth About Disposable Diapers

...and why Judes are significantly more sustainable in every respect.

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Every single-use diaper since 1949 still exists.

The most recommended cloth diaper since 2021 in German-speaking countries - 20,000 parents are diapering with Judes - Judes babies have already prevented over 117,000 kg of plastic waste. The most recommended cloth diaper since 2021 in German-speaking countries - 20,000 parents are diapering with Judes - Judes babies have already prevented over 117,000 kg of plastic waste.

1 Ton of Plastic Waste per Child

Disposable diapers create approximately 1 ton of plastic waste per child during the entire diapering period. For each additional child, the same amount of plastic waste is generated.

There are compostable disposable diapers and disposable diapers made of recycled plastic, but they cannot be composted or recycled in waste management systems. They end up as residual waste.

About 8% of the residual waste in Germany is caused by disposable diapers.

Permanent storage in old mines

Disposable diapers cannot be recycled. They end up in regular waste and are incinerated – but not completely. In fact, the chemicals in disposable diapers burn poorly.

What remains after the incineration of disposable diapers are toxic ashes and slag. This hazardous waste is either stored in former mines or exported abroad.

Environmentalists fear that in time, toxins will seep into our groundwater. In Germany's largest final repository, the hazardous waste began to burn in 2016. The fire could only be stopped by sealing off the shaft with masonry.

By 2060, this same final repository is expected to be full. The plan is to seal the mine and leave the hazardous waste to its fate. After this point, the management of the special waste landfill sees no further need for monitoring. But at the latest in a few thousand years, the toxic masses would emerge from the mine simply due to natural forces.

More Details on the Environmental Disaster of Disposable Diapers

If you want to know exactly what happens to disposed disposable diapers and what that means for future generations, you can find out more details here (including sources):

The water consumption is higher with disposable diapers.

For each child, the use of disposable diapers results in a water consumption of approximately 55,500 liters of water.

In a study by the Environment Agency, scientists calculated a water consumption of 53 liters when washing with an A-rated energy-efficient washing machine at a temperature of 60°C. This means that washing Judes results in 14,000 liters of water consumption per child.

By the way, the production of Judes diapers requires hardly any water, as we use organic cotton which is usually irrigated with rainwater.

Disposable diapers also have a higher energy consumption.

Disposable diapers consume 550 kg of CO₂ equivalents per child, according to a study by the Environment Agency.

Washing Judes every 4 days for 3 years results in 274 kWh of electricity and approximately 133 kg of CO₂ equivalents.

With Judes, you save about 420 kg of CO2 equivalents.

By the way: Cotton naturally absorbs CO2. This further reduces the carbon footprint, something we haven't even included in this calculation.

High Costs of Disposable Diapers

Over a diapering period of 3 years, the cost of disposable diapers amounts to approximately €2434 (average from various diaper brands like Pampers and Lillydoo), with an additional €561 for accessories. That sums up to about €3000.

However, many children are diapered with disposable diapers for longer than 3 years.

With Judes, you can save several thousand euros. And that's not even taking into account the societal costs of incinerating and disposing of disposable diapers.

Would you like to know how exactly we calculated these costs? Then click the button below:

Diaper Cost Comparison

Frequently Asked Questions about Judes

Our poo paper catches the stool. It separates the stool from the diaper and is then disposed of - like with disposable diapers.

Our Poo Paper is thin paper made from cellulose. It is completely compostable.

Tip: As long as you baby isn't eating solid food yet, you can diaper without our Poo Paper.

We have designed Judes in a way that makes washing and drying as easy as possible.

You collect the used Judes in our diaper bag. When you want to wash them, you put the diaper bag in the washing machine along with the diapers.

This means that you don't need to touch the used Judes again. The Judes diapers automatically come out of the diaper bag during the wash cycle.

Washing takes 15 minutes per week (including hanging up and taking down).

This is similar to the amount of time required to buy, put away and throw out disposable diapers.

We have conducted a survey with over 2,000 parents. Several of them changed using disposable diapers, other with Judes. The result: Judes were shown to be less time-consuming (circa 20 minutes per week) than disposable diapers (circa 30 minutes per week).

Also: Children become diaper-free on average 1 year earlier with Judes than with disposable diapers - this is also backed up by our survey. The research shows that the total diapering time with cloth diapers is shorter than with disposable diapers.

No, because Judes work similarly to disposable diapers. Our Poo Paper catches your baby's stools. When taking off the diaper, you can remove the stool very easily from the inner diaper. Like with disposable diapers, you simply throw the Poo Paper away with it's contents inside.

The inner diaper goes in the diaper bag. If the diaper bag is full, you put it in the washing machine with the diapers inside. This means that you don't have to hold the used diapers a second time. Judes diapers automatically come out of the diaper bag in the wash.

Everything gets cleaned out hygienically in the washing machine.

By the way: Storing diapers in our diaper bag is odor neutral. This amazing many people because disposable diapers are renowned for their stench. This is because disposable diapers are kept in an air-tight in diapers bags in diaper buckets. This leads to unbearable smells in your home. Our diaper bags, in which used diapers stay until the next wash, allows air to circulate so that the bathroom remains odor neutral.

Many of our parents even said that Judes hold up better than the disposable diapers that they used to use.

Why is that?

The superabsorbent polymers used in disposable diapers can store a lot of moisture, just not quickly. Therefore, with heavy wetters or milk stools, a portion of the liquid drips off an leaks away.

Organice cotton naturally absorbs extremely quickly, so that Judes also hold up well with heavy wetters and milk stools.

We use an innovative weave, which is extremely absorbent. Judes hold up so well, that they can be worn both during the day and the night. Additonally, both our inner diaper and covers have cuffs at the back and the legs, which act as a double barrier.

No, with Judes, clothes fit in normal sizes.

A slim fit was super important to use in the development of Judes. The material for our inner diaper is weaved specially for us: it is especially thin and still absorbent! Thus, we have managed to ensure that Judes do not make as bulky a diaper butt as many other cloth diapers. To be fair, though, it must be said that Judes still have more volume than a disposable diaper. For the vast majority of Babies who tested Judes, the normal pants size still fitted.

Judes are definitely noticeably thinner than other cloth diapers.

Our promise is that you will not need an instruction manual. With Judes, nothing needs to be folded or pressed, it's all self-explanatory. This is exactly what we founded Judes for.

Yes, it's very easy.

Judes are designed to be both leak-proof and space-saving. Thus, you can store the used Judes in our small diaper bag and then wash them at home with the rest of the diaper laundry. Daycares also like to use Judes.

3 Good Articles That Educate About Disposable Diapers

The Guardian

"Disposable diapers are one of the world's largest contributors to environmental pollution."

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Huffington Post

"Disposable diapers are a nightmare for the planet."

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"Various harmful substances have been found in disposable diapers from Europe."

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What sets Judes apart from other diapers?

You'll find out here. In 5 minutes, you'll know whether Judes is right for you or not.

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A Rollercoaster Ride

To our story

Judes is the most recommended cloth diaper

in Germany and Austria since 2021.

The most recommended cloth diaper since 2021 in German-speaking countries - 20,000 parents are diapering with Judes - Judes Babies have already prevented over 117,000kg of plastic waste The most recommended cloth diaper since 2021 in German-speaking countries - 20,000 parents are diapering with Judes - Judes Babies have already prevented over 117,000kg of plastic waste

Why Judes?

Simple in Everyday Life
Changing as easy as with disposable diapers, thanks to sewn-in inserts and flexible Velcro.
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Earlier Diaper-Free
Babies get dry almost 1 year earlier with Judes.
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Slim Fit on Baby's Bottom
Clothes fit in regular size, thanks to our fabric innovation.
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Healthy Skin
Breathable, velvety soft organic cotton instead of plastic on the skin.
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1 Ton Less Plastic
The truth about disposable diapers is shocking. With Judes, hardly any waste is generated.
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How does it work? Simple.

In three steps, you save 1 ton of plastic waste.

Changing - Inserting the Poo Paper

Change like disposable diapers.

Disposing - Fitting the diaper

The Judes Poo Paper is disposed of.

Washing - Removing the diaper

Hygienically wash with the Judes Wetbag.

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