Environmentally Harmful Plastics

Altogether 16 items of cloth nappies and outer pants tested "commendable". No Formaldehyde was found in any of them, a chemical hazardous to health, popular with textile manufacturers. There were no pesticides either. Nine items contain brighteners, which could irritate skin, and which we consider totally unnecessary. This is even more regrettable considering that none of the disposable nappies tested by us contained brighteners - after we had condemned them in a previous test as superfluous chemicals. These brighteners may have been deposited in the washable nappies by the use of laundry detergent when being pre-washed. 


Seven items contained PVC or other chlorinated plastics. The Kooshies diaper pant contained only some PVC, whilst two diaper pants which consisted entirely of the environmentally damaging material, were purchased from the reputable Baby Walz Mail Order company. A Company called Junghans makes one of them - and is even CE marked. The other one by Messrs Herzlieb claims to be "pleasant on the skin, re-usable many times and therefore environmentally friendly", as stated shamelessly on the packaging by the manufacturers. 


In Spring of this year, Benetton introduced their new disposable nappies to the market. When we tested them, we found a type of pollutant which we would have never imagined in a baby nappy: carcinogenic aromatic amines. They were contained in the yellow and red nappies, but not in the blue ones. Certain colours are made from these amines, which were used for the print on the nappy covers. The bright colours distinguish these nappies from other competitorsí products. Following our investigation, that fashion company has removed the polluted nappies from the shelves. 


Meanwhile, they launched a new product: Zerotondo of Benetton Stretch Dry, manufactured for Benetton by the Italian company Ledysan. These tested negative when we repeated the test in our laboratory.