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Being an eco-conscious parent means reducing, reusing and recycling whenever possible, but there’s still the conundrum of what to do with the deluge of diapers your kids will go through. In the United States, an average of 20 billion disposable diapers are tossed into the trash annually, and they take about 500 years to decompose. Now parents have another option: shipping their baby’s dirty diapers off to be composted with diaper subscription company Dyper. The first compostable diapers are made with viscose fibers from responsibly sourced bamboo and packed in clear bags made with biodegradable materials, and instead of ending up in landfill, they can be returned for composting.
Dyper has teamed up with TerraCycle to launch its ReDyper program, through which subscribers can send back their soiled Dyper diapers in provided bags and specially designed boxes. When the box is full, parents can ship it away and the diapers will end up at TerraCycle distribution centers, then industrial composting facilities that TerraCycle partners with, and ultimately, be turned into compost used for things like vegetation on highway verges.
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