Are Nappy Toxins Doing Your Baby More Harm Than Good?

Are Nappy Toxins Doing Your Baby More Harm Than Good?

Are Nappy Toxins Doing Your Baby More Harm Than Good?

Dangerous nappy toxins could be affecting your baby’s health but now you can prevent these hidden dangers by looking for a few unwanted ingredients.

It’s enough to make any parent anxious, but toxins in your baby’s nappy could be affecting their health. Many disposable nappies contain harmful chemicals that are known to disrupt growth and development, potentially posing a serious threat to their wellbeing.

It has also been found that some disposable nappies have caused damage to babies sensitive skin, including blistering and burns as a result of contact with fragrances, dyes, and other toxins. Truly scary stuff.  So just what are these nappy toxins and how can you spot them?


Traditional disposable nappies use plastic in their construction that contains phthalates. Phthalates have been used in food packaging, detergents, and even children's toys until they were banned in the US due to their toxicity. Phthalates are just one example of nappy toxins that you could be putting on your child's sensitive skin without even realising they are there. They have been shown to disrupt the endocrine system, which is important for healthy growth and development.

Our nappies are free from phthalates, with no hidden plastics or known nappy toxins in their layers, so they are gentle on your baby's sensitive skin with reduced environmental impact. All parts of the nappy are sourced from naturally derived materials, including a cornstarch top sheet and FSC wood pulp absorbent core, so parents know exactly what each and every layer is made from.

Plus with our unique, innovative Plantcell Technology, Ecoriginals nappy’s are a whopping 40% more absorbent than traditional nappies.


Many parents try to manage the odour associated with nappies by choosing a fragranced product but this fragrance is often the result of nappy toxins that are best avoided. A large number of disposable nappy brands continue to use fragrances in their products despite the potential irritation they cause. Fragrance is one of the prime culprits for causing eczema and other allergies to flare up, and is also a significant contributor to unwanted nappy rash.

Fragrance free options don’t need to be hard to find, however, and our plant-based nappies contain no fragrances, perfumes, or other nappy toxins so you can keep your little one’s skin protected.

PEG’s (Polyethylene Glycols) & Phenoxyethanol

Polyethylene glycols, or PEG's, are found in many cosmetic and personal care products, but they are a real worry when it comes to their inclusion in disposable nappies. Identified as known carcinogen’s, PEG’s have been shown to interfere with development and could potentially cause issues with your baby’s nervous system.

PEG’s are common in the back sheet of traditional disposable nappies, used as a thin film to prevent leaks, but Ecoriginals natural eco nappies opt for a 100% cotton alternative instead, avoiding any hidden nappy toxins with their natural fabrication.

Phenoxyethanol is of particular concern for infants, known to cause dermatitis, eczema, and could even lead to vomiting and diarrhea if ingested. Our plant-based nappies are free from toxic phenoxyethanol, giving you peace of mind that you are keeping your baby safe from these potentially harmful chemicals.


A nappy with anti-bacterial properties might sound like a good idea, but the triclosan contained in disposable nappies could have far more sinister consequences including harmful effects on your little one's immune system and hormone disruption. In reality, triclosan is not an essential component of an effective nappy and is arguably another addition to the list of unwanted nappy toxins.

By choosing our natural nappies, you can prevent the potential health risks of exposing your baby to nappy toxins they don't need to be exposed to as the nappies are free from triclosan.

Choosing a nappy for your baby is hard enough without having to worry that you could be exposing them to toxins without even realising it. By selecting a world-leading brand like Ecoriginals, and opting for a biodegradable, environmentally conscious alternative, you can do your bit for the planet and have total peace of mind that your bub is in safe hands.

Are you worried about nappy toxins? Let us know in the comments!

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