Anyone who reads this blog even semi-regularly probably knows I am a big believer in cloth diapers. Not only are they better for the planet and healthier for my babies, but choosing cloth saves us THOUSANDS of dollars. We are living on a pretty strict budget, and I can’t imagine where the money for disposable diapers would come from if I hadn’t chosen cloth when my daughter was first born three years ago.
With all that said, however, I do have a confession to make: whenever we travel away from home for more than a night or two I opt for disposables. I have a few reasons for this – 1) I never know if the laundry situation at our destination will be cloth diaper-friendly, 2) now that we have to pay for checked bags on flights, I can’t justify paying to haul my cloth diapers and 3) traveling with kids is stressful, so opting for disposables is one less thing to think about.
But, I was feeling really, really bummed about this. With every disposable diaper I tossed in the trash I felt a pang of guilt and sadness. It just didn’t seem right for the planet to suffer just because I was on vacation.
So, I was thrilled when given the chance to try out a hybrid diaper system from GroVia during our recent trip to Wisconsin. The super cute reusable shells are lined with either a reusable cotton soaker pad (like a typical cloth diaper) or with a disposable GroVia BioSoaker. Because we were on vacation, we chose to use the latter. The BioSoaker pad is made with biodegradable and compostable materials, so I felt a little less guilty tossing it in the trash. And, it is safe for little Mack’s behind because it is free from fragrance, dyes, plastic and chlorine. Plus, the shells are totally reusable, so the amount of waste is quite minimal when compared to a regular disposable diaper.
The GroVia Hybrid system was really easy to use – just lay out the shell, remove the sticky tabs from the BioSoaker pad and lay the pad into the shell. Took no time at all, and Mack didn’t seem to notice the difference. He ran after Evie like he always does!
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