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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

Why Babies and Parents Love Judes

Our Poo Paper catches the baby's stools. It separates the stools from the diaper and is then disposed of - just like with disposable diapers.

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

Tip: As long as your baby isn't eating solid food yet, you can also omit our Poo Paper.

We designed Judes so that washing and drying are as easy as possible.

You collect the used Judes in our diaper bag. When you're ready to wash, you simply put our diaper bag along with the diapers into the washing machine. You don't need to touch the used Judes a second time. The Judes diapers will automatically come out of the diaper bag during the washing cycle.

You wash Judes normally at 60°C (140°F) and 1000 revolutions, like your household laundry. You can air dry them or use a dryer.

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

That is about as much time as shopping for, stocking, and disposing of disposable diapers.

We conducted a survey with over 2,000 parents. Some used disposable diapers, others used Judes. The result: The time spent with Judes was reported to be less (about 20 minutes a week) than with disposable diapers (about 30 minutes a week).

By the way: Children who use Judes typically become diaper-free almost 1 year earlier than children with disposable diapers - this is also the result of our survey. Research also suggests that diapering time with cloth diapers is shorter than with disposable diapers.

No, because it works similarly to disposable diapers. Our Poo Paper catches your baby's stools. When removing the diaper, the stools are easily separated from the inner diaper. Like a disposable diaper, you throw away the Poo Paper together with its content.

The inner diaper goes into the diaper bag. Once the diaper bag is full, you put it along with the diapers into the washing machine. Therefore, you don't have to handle the used diapers again. The Judes diapers come out of the diaper bag automatically during the wash cycle.

Everything gets hygienically cleaned in the washing machine.

By the way: Storing them in our diaper bag is odor-neutral. This surprises many because disposable diapers are known for their diaper stench. This is because disposable diapers are stored airtight in diaper sacks or diaper pails. This leads to unbearable odors in the house. Our diaper bag, in which the used diapers remain until washed, allows for air circulation, so the bathroom remains odor-free.

Many of our parents even report that Judes hold up better than the disposable diapers they used before.

Why is that?

The super-absorbing chemicals in disposable diapers can store a lot of moisture but not quickly. So, with heavy wetters or explosive breastfed baby stools, a portion of the liquid drips off and leaks away.

Organic cotton naturally absorbs extremely quickly, so Judes also provide good leak protection with milk stools and heavy wetting.

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

No, the normal size clothes fit with Judes.

A slim fit was very important to us when developing Judes. The fabric for our inner diapers is specially woven for us: It is exceptionally thin while also being 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. However, with most babies we tested Judes with, the regular pant size still fit.

Judes are definitely thinner than other cloth diapers.

With Judes, there's no folding or pressing necessary, it's all self-explanatory. That is exactly why we founded Judes.

Our standard is that you won't need an instruction manual.

Yes, it's very simple.

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 - Fastening the diaper


The Judes Poo Paper is disposed of.

Washing - Taking off the diaper


Hygienically wash with the Judes Wetbag.

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