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Greener nappies?

July 24, 2017
surrey mama

We were recently asked if we would like to try some disposable nappies from Andy Pandy for Evie. Andy Pandy is a brand I hadn’t heard of before, however in looking into it I was really interested to try them and learn more.

One of the main reasons I was so intrigued to find out more was that Andy Pandy disposable nappies are not like your regular ones; they are made out of bamboo and they are a much greener choice (due to the way they are made) than the brands we would usually buy.

What makes them a greener nappy choice?

  • 100% free of chlorine and pthalates
  • They contain no alcohol or preservatives
  • They contain no Latex, PVC, TBT or antioxidants
  • They’re made of biodegradable components
  • They’re free of dyes and perfumes

I try to be ‘green’ as much as I can but I have to admit that I could definitely do more, so when I find products that are greener but still work or claim to work as well as our usual brands I am really hopeful that they deliver on their promise.

It all sounded pretty good so far, so to my biggest question, why bamboo?

It’s soft & silky to the touch, but extremely strong & absorbent which is what you need for a nappy! It’s 100% biodegradable, does not cause pollution to the earth and unlike lots of things we use it is a renewable resource that grows incredibly fast (I know this well due to the bamboo that keeps growing in our garden when we think it has gone)!! Specifically for our babies comfort it’s odour resistant and due to it’s moisture wicking & thermal regulating capabilities it is supposed to keep baby dry in hot or cold temperatures. Finally it’s naturally hypoallergenic & antibacterial which is good for sensitive skin that Evie can sometimes suffer with.

What we thought…

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The exterior of the nappy which is made of the bamboo fibre, is really soft to the touch, I was really surprised and impressed at how soft they were when I opened the pack. It was almost as soft as cotton to touch which for something they wear all the time is fantastic.

I’ve also noticed that they don’t smell like other nappies do when they are full (hopefully Mama’s out there will know what I mean)! I assume the breathability of bamboo is what prevents this, but this is a very welcome feature.

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Evie seems comfortable in them, which really is the most important thing for me. The back of the nappies has a really soft and stretchy band which hasn’t given her any red marks or looked as though she had been uncomfortable in, which sometimes nappies can do.

We haven’t had any leaks and they’re nice and soft, inside and out. I love that they feature a wetness indicator: the yellow strips turn blue when wet. I have noticed that the wetness indicator turns blue quite quickly for Evie, so maybe I need to be changing her more regularly than I have been or she has drunk more than usual recently! It’s a really handy indicator and saves you changing when they don’t need it.

Evie is lucky and doesn’t often suffer from nappy rash and so far she has also been fine with these nappies. I do always worry when we try new things on her as her skin is very sensitive but so far so good.

andy pandy nappiesThe wetness indicator

In terms of being ‘eco-friendly’ these nappies are definitely greener than the mainstream options due to the manufacturing but ultimately when we throw them in the normal refuse they will still go to the same place the nappies we currently use go. However, if in the future we can dispose of them in a different way then these nappies, with their bamboo and wood pulp components and biodegradable outer packaging, are definitely a greener choice than many other disposable nappies out there.

Will we be using them in future?

Yes! I love the greener credentials of these nappies but what I love more is the comfort I believe Evie gets from them. They are so soft and work as well as the normal disposable nappy we use so there is no reason why we wouldn’t change from the normal brand we use. The only difference is that I can’t buy these in my local supermarket/online shop so I need to be more organised and purchase on Amazon but for a little extra organisation I think we will try and do it.

Do you use disposable nappies? Did you know they had these greener versions? What are your thoughts on using bamboo?

Sarah x

You can find Andy Pandy nappies on Amazon in the UK and we have a special offer for Surrey Mama readers, use the code BABYEVIE for an additional 10% off.

*This is a sponsored post. Product information has come from the manufacturer but all thoughts and opinions are 100% our own.* 

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4 Comments

  • Reply Rishi Malar July 24, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    We are well out of the Nappy times now but I love the greener choice! I try to as Eco-friendly as I can and tried using the re-usable nappies for DD2 although I haven’t completely moved away from the disposable ones! Re-usable nappies, though seem to be really good, it is really hard maintaining them! For DD1, I honestly don’t have the count of how many disposable nappies I have filled up in the dump! Feeling so guilty about it now! Although I can’t help anything more about it, I am trying to do the best I could do the environment now!

    Love the pictures! Bamboo is a good choice!

    • Reply Sarah July 24, 2017 at 10:23 pm

      I know what you mean when you think about all the nappies in a landfill it’s awful … thanks so much, we are loving them so far x

  • Reply Eva Katona July 29, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    Sarah, I’m all in for greener, biodegradable nappies! I really think that there should be more cheaper, greener options out there, because -and this topic is really close to my heart- disposable nappies are responsible for a great chunk of the landfill. Now. As a mum of two. I cannot wrap my head around, how other mums just can’t care about this. You invest your money for them for when they are bigger, you pay for the best education and health services – but you can’t be bothered using biodegradable or reusable nappies? It’s the same investment.

  • Reply Rebecca August 22, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    We usually use cloth nappies, but since moving in with my in-laws during our house renovation we have switched to biodegradable disposables to cut down on washing.

    We’ve been using a fairly easy to source and well known brand, but I have found that the tabs on the nappies tend to rip off – which is pretty rubbish considering the price!! So I might give Andy Pandy a go as an alternative.

    I think all disposables should be biodegradable. It would be so much better for the environmen.

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