Wellness Health & Well-being The 5 Best Compostable Diaper Services of 2020 Be an eco-friendly parent By Kiah Treece Environmental Law, J.D., University of Toledo College of Law Interdisciplinary Ecology, M.S., University of Florida Ecosystem Science and Policy, Geological Science, B.A., University of Miami Kiah is a sustainability coach who is dedicated to intentional, sustainable living and the role we can play in improving the environment for future generations. our editorial process Kiah Treece Updated September 23, 2020 Ryan McDonough / Getty Images Share Twitter Pinterest Email Wellness Health & Well-being Clean Beauty Our editors independently research, test, and recommend the best products; you can learn more about our review process here. We may receive commissions on purchases made from our chosen links. Compostable diaper services simplify eco-friendly parenting by eliminating the need to wash and fold cloth diapers while still reducing the number of diapers that go to landfills. And, although compostable diapers do include small amounts of plastic, they are primarily made from soft materials like bamboo, so they’re gentle on a baby’s skin. These companies deliver, pick up, and compost your baby’s dirty diapers — all for a flat rate, plus the cost of diapers. Because of this, compostable diaper services are extremely location-specific. Not only is the idea of shipping a dirty diaper less than desirable, but it could substantially increase the carbon footprint of each diaper. For that reason, our best overall choice addresses these concerns with carbon offsets, while our other top picks leave diaper services in the hands of locals. The 5 Best Compostable Diaper Services of 2020 Best Overall: REDYPERBest DIY: Poof DiapersBest in Minneapolis-St. Paul: DoGoodDiapersBest in Charlotte: Ivy’s Diaper ServiceBest in San Francisco: EarthBaby Best Overall: REDYPER by DYPER DYPER REDYPER is a compostable diaper service offered by DYPER, a bamboo diaper company. Because of the nature of compostable diaper services, they are usually limited to a specific geographic area. However, REDYPER’s partnership with TerraCycle enables users to send back their used compostable diapers, where they are sorted and delivered to REDYPER’s composting facilities. Subscriptions cost about $68 per shipping period (between two and 12 weeks), and there are no commitments. DYPER uses artificial intelligence to predict the number and size of diapers you’ll need each month, but subscribers can also use the REDYPER app to manage their preferences. You’ll also get access to an ongoing discount when you sign up. DYPER’s compostable soils are free of chlorine, latex, alcohol, lotions, TBT, and Phthalates and are Standard 100 certified by OEKO TEX (one of the most well-known labels for textiles tested for harmful substances). In addition to reducing the number of diapers that go to landfills each month, DYPER is committed to addressing some of the problems with compostable diapers. In fact, each shipment includes a free carbon offset to cover the environmental impact of shipping. Why it's a fit for Treehugger: We chose REDYPER because it offers nationwide service and buys carbon credits to offset the environmental impacts of shipping. Best DIY: Poof Poof If you don’t have access to a local compostable diaper service and don’t want to ship your dirty diapers through DYPER, consider Poof. The company sells a wide selection of biodegradable and compostable diapers, wipes, and nursing pads, plus clothing and accessories for moms. A case of between roughly 88 and 160 diapers costs about $56 for a one-time purchase and changes if you subscribe for monthly deliveries. The number of diapers in a package varies, depending on the diaper size. Because this isn’t a full diaper service, you will still have to dispose of the diapers yourself. And, though they are compostable, Poof diapers are not suitable for home composting — so you’ll have to find a commercial composting facility that will take them. Otherwise, they can be disposed of and will biodegrade without the help of a composting facility. Why it's a fit for Treehugger: We love Poof diapers because the company’s cute designs, eco-friendly materials, and flexible fit make them a great option for parents who don’t have access to a local composting service. Best in Minneapolis-St. Paul: Do Good Diapers Do Good Diapers Like other providers on our list, Do Good Diapers in Minneapolis provides local customers the option of compostable and cloth diaper deliveries. Once a customer signs up, they'll receive the first delivery between seven and 10 days before the baby’s due date. After that, you can set up a recurring order based on your needs. Regardless of how often you have diapers delivered, Do Good will pick up the soiled diapers each week and compost them. A startup package costs about $169 and includes four packs of diapers, four weeks of composting, diaper pail rental, and other supplies. After four weeks, the composting service costs roughly $34 per month for the diaper pail rental, compostable pail liners, and the drop-off, pick-up, and composting service. Diapers cost just over $13 per pack. In addition to offering high-quality compostable diapers, Do Good Diapers' customers have shared that deliveries are accurate and reliable. Current and past customers also love that Do Good offers multiple eco-friendly options. Why it's a fit for Treehugger: Do Good Diapers is our pick for the Twin Cities because its New Family Start Up Package makes it easier for first-time parents to be more sustainable. Best in Charlotte: Ivy’s Diaper Service Ivy’s Diaper Service Ivy’s Diaper Service is a compostable and cloth diaper service in the Charlotte, North Carolina, area. Customers can choose from two compostable diaper brands — Broody Chick and Nature BabyCare — so you can pick the best fit and materials for your baby. And, because Ivy’s lets customers choose from both compostable and cloth diapers, you’ll always have access to the most convenient option for your lifestyle. Broody Chick diapers cost about $19 per box and around $8 for a package of 80 wipes; Nature BabyCare diapers include roughly 414 per box and re about $14 each. Ivy’s also charges a $30 monthly fee that covers delivery, pick-up, and composting at the company’s facility. Current customers who have the cloth diaper service can also supplement with compostable diapers for an additional $15 each month. Finally, Ivy’s is known for excellent customer service and is a well-respected company in the Charlotte community. Reviews on both Google and Facebook highlight how helpful and accommodating the team is and users love the ability to visit the company’s brick-and-mortar shop. Why it's a fit for Treehugger: Ivy’s Diaper Service is our favorite compostable diaper service in Charlotte because of the flexibility of compostable diaper options and five-star customer reviews. Best in San Francisco: EarthBaby EarthBaby Founded in 2008, EarthBaby serves the San Francisco Bay community and offers both cloth and compostable diapers. The company also has a selection of wipes, bin liners, and other helpful products. Earth Baby currently reaches 8 million potential customers and its service area continues to grow. EarthBaby’s compost service costs about $34 plus tax each month, which includes delivery, pick-up, and composting of the diapers. As with other options on our list, diapers and wipes must be purchased separately but there is not a minimum monthly order. Customers can also choose from Nurture diapers (between about $8 and $12 per pack) and DYPER diapers, which cost just over roughly $16 per pack for diapers and about $6 per pack for wipes. As with other options on our list, EarthBaby boasts excellent customer ratings on Google and Facebook. Parents report that the service is efficient and reliable and that the cost is more than justified by the added convenience and reduction of plastic waste. Why it's a fit for Treehugger: We love EarthBaby because it is committed to providing more eco-friendly diaper options through an expanding service area. How We Chose the Best Compostable Diaper Services Because compostable diaper services are often hyper-local, it’s difficult to identify options that serve a large part of the country — or even a region. Where possible, we reviewed diaper services that are available nationally. When choosing local options, we considered cost, availability of service options, and customer reviews. EarthBaby stood out for offering both cloth and compostable diapers as well as additional products, while Ivy’s Diaper Service was a standout for its customer service. Poof diapers made our list for its cute designs that are also eco-friendly and flexible. REDYPER is our overall best compostable diaper service because it is the only full-service option with national coverage. However, being the only national option does not mean it isn’t a high-quality choice for parents. Not only does REDYPER work with TerraCycle to direct diapers away from landfills, but the company also purchases carbon offsets to counter the environmental impacts of shipping.