Ok- I thought you would all get a kick out of this.
On most of my trips-whether business related or personal I try to bring cloth diapers with me for my one year old son, Riley. I even cloth diapered Riley in Vegas last year when we attended a children's show!
On my last business trip however I left on Sunday out west and flew back the next evening on a red-eye flight so unfortunately cloth diapers wasn't an option. The reason why it wasn't an option is because I didn't want to check luggage and only took one small bag for both Riley and myself.
So an overwhelming sense of guilt pours over me. How can I visit a cloth diaper manufacturer with my son in disposables? I just can't. It seemed unethical. Now really- were they going to check to see if he was in disposables? No- but they could ask- and they did!
So I go buy a small package of gDiapers. My thought is I can have Riley wear a pocket diaper (as a cover) and place a gDiaper insert in it. So the Friday before I left I thought I'd do a test day just to make sure my "hybrid" system worked. Before I left for the shop I took the flushable inserts and layed them into 6 diapers (3 Smarti Pants and 3 bumGenius). To my amazement the system worked terrific. Super absorbent and trim.
A couple of hours into the morning I changed him and he had a you know what. Honestly everything was contained and even stayed on the insert. So- I thought I would go ahead and do the inaugural flush. I read the directions- tear down each site of the insert, put in toilet, and swish.
I flushed- uh oh. Clogged- instantly. I swish the "stuff" around with the swivel stick provided. Nothing and the toilet almost over-flowed.
The water was 1/2 inch from the top and I didn't have a plunger here at the new shop.
So, do I endorse the use of gDiapers? I asked myself the question "Flush, Compost, or Toss?" (as written on the home page of gDiapers) I choose composting. When traveling I would toss but I at least know that it will take about 60-90 days to compose vs 500+ years for a disposable. I would hesitate to recommend flushing the insert- especially in the newer-low,flow toilets (like ours at the shop). What is nice about the flushable insert is that it is compost-able in about 60 days. See video of how the insert decomposes vs a typical disposable diaper.
After I got back from my business trip I did learn the gDiapers has now come out with gCloth Inserts. The insert is made of hemp/cotton and is topped with 4 layers of a soft microfleece. I have some on order and will be testing them out as soon as they arrive and will let you all know what I think.
I would love to hear any feedback you have about this "hybrid" system.