We all know that disposable diapers are a drain on the environment. They take up huge amounts of space in landfills, take a remarkably long time to decompose (as does anything in a landfill, due to lack of airflow and sunlight). But did you know that you can easily compost the bulk of them, creating wonderful soil for your flower beds?
All you need to do is cut open one side of the inside lining, collect the inner contents in a pail, and add them to your other compost. Cover with a shovel of the old compost to eliminate the chance of any off smells. Throw out your tiny bundle from the diaper covers.
The inside of diapers use the same material that you find in fancy potting soil for retaining moisture: polyacrylate crystals, a non-toxic material. The remainder of the diaper filling is simple celluose fiber, in other words: wood. The urine is sterile as it leaves the body, not as gross as most people assume it to be. It is packed with nitrogen and a fantastic addition t o compost.
Note: Diapers which contain feces are best left consigned to the bin, unless you are already well versed in the making of “humanure.”
You can also use your own watered-down urine to fertilize your garden. Just pee in a bucket, water it down in a 1:10 ratio and sprinkle it around while it’s still fresh. Not only is it totally safe and your plants LOVE it, but if you are a meat-eater your urine will reflect that and help keep animals out of your garden. Check out a great post on this here.