Many parents are interested in natural bamboo diapers because they are great for sensitive baby skin and better for the environment but it can be tough to find out which is best so I thought I would review one of my favorites, the Eco Pea Co bamboo diapers.
Eco Pea Co diapers are a quality, chemical-free product that provides great absorption and leak protection, 87% biodegradability, and feel luxuriously soft. Unfortunately, Eco Pea diapers are quite expensive compared to mainstream and store-brand diapers if buyers don’t purchase them as a subscription directly from the manufacturer.
Let’s take a closer look at what Eco Pea Co diapers are all about and evaluate them based on their ingredients, eco-friendliness, performance, and value.
Eco Pea Diaper Quick Review Summary
If you don’t care about the price, the Eco Pea Co diapers are a fantastic, eco-friendly product.
I’ve tested nearly every brand of baby diapers on the market today and I can honestly say that if you are looking for a natural, eco-friendly diaper that still provides great leak protection and absorption and feels soft then you will be very happy with the bamboo diapers from Eco Pea Co. With that said, these diapers cost two (or even three) times the price of mainstream diaper brands such as Huggies or Pampers if you don’t purchase them with a recurring subscription.
With subscription pricing, Eco Pea diapers cost the same or less than other bamboo diapers currently on the market (such as Dyper) and just about 50% more than mainstream natural diapers such as The Honest Company.
To check out those subscription options and purchase these diapers you can click here or read on for my full review.
What are Eco Pea Co. Bamboo Diapers?
The Eco Pea Co. was founded by a family with a simple goal: produce diapers that are soft and hypoallergenic on a baby’s sensitive skin and to eliminate waste caused by traditional disposable diapers.
Their solution was to source materials that were eco-friendly and biodegradable and put them together without using harsh chemicals or other ingredients that could irritate a baby’s skin. By using sustainable bamboo, they were able to create a diaper that accomplished those goals while steel feeling luxuriously soft at the same time.
In their store (which you can find here), you’ll find diapers, training pants, and wipes available as either a one-time purchase or a ‘subscribe and save’ option on a month’s supply of diapers.
Unlike many other mainstream brands, Eco Pea Co diapers are made without any VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds), chlorine, dioxins, phthalates, fragrances, or dyes. Eliminating these ingredients can help prevent or improve many skin-related baby issues such as diaper rash, irritation, or redness.
Full Eco Pea Diaper Review – 4.1 out of 5
I’ve purchased and used many, many diaper brands for my children over the years and I’m very confident in my ability to judge a diaper’s performance and value quickly, sometimes even when holding it for the first time.
With that said, the Eco Pea Co. diapers feel like a premium diaper – you can just tell. They are soft, strong, durable, and fit correctly. In addition, these diapers are also priced like a premium diaper – you’ll end up spending more on these diapers than you would on almost any in-store options on the shelf.
Despite my first impression and the costs of the diaper, however, it is important to really test out a diaper for a week or two to see what happens in a variety of situations. Just because a diaper looks and feels great doesn’t mean it is going to save your sheets from an overnight leak or protect your baby’s clothes from a blowout.
Plus, we need to make sure that we can justify this price.
Eco Pea Diaper Ingredients – 4.5 out of 5
The most important part of a diaper that promises to be safe, natural, and eco-friendly is the list of ingredients.
Unfortunately, it isn’t common for manufacturers to list individual ingredients for diapers (unlike other products) aside from the main components. In fact, diaper ingredient lists are generally more about what isn’t in the diapers.
Eco Pea Co. diapers are made from sustainable bamboo for the main fabric material along with aloe added to the pad that touches the baby’s skin. Aside from that, we don’t know. I have reached out to the company to provide more details about this information.
However, we do know that the diapers are not made from:
In my experience, avoiding chemicals and ingredients such as these goes a long way towards preventing things like diaper rash. In fact, we used whatever diapers, wipes, and soaps we could find on sale with our oldest children (twins) and we constantly battled with diaper rashes, irritation, and other issues.
Once switching to natural diapers and other products, we’ve almost never noticed any irritation with our third and fourth child!
Eco-friendliness (biodegradability) – 4.5 out of 5
Many parents don’t realize how much waste traditional disposable diapers create along with the huge toll it can take on our environment. In fact, many regular diaper brands can take up to 500 years to decompose fully once dumped in the landfill. They also use many petroleum-based products and other materials that are energy-intensive to produce and aren’t sustainable.
As for the biodegradability of the Eco Pea Co. diapers, they claim that their products are made from 87% biodegradable materials that they will be halfway decomposed after just 2-3 months in a landfill. The diapers are also manufactured using sustainable bamboo sheets.
I wish these diapers were 100% biodegradable (as some other brands have managed to accomplish) but their eco-friendliness is still miles above mainstream diaper brands and their wipes are also 100% biodegradable so the company is obviously paying attention.
Performance – 4.5 out of 5
Now that we’ve talked about what makes these diapers special, let’s get down to the important stuff for parents – do they work?
I used these diapers on both my 2.5-year-old son (size 4) and my 7-month-old daughter (size 2) for about two weeks. I also used the training pants on my son as he is in the middle of potty training and has to wear training pants to his day school.
Overall, I would say that the Eco Pea Co. diapers perform just as well as the best premium diapers we have used over the last couple of years. We had one overnight leak in the training pants (which wouldn’t normally be used as an overnight diaper anyway), no leaks in the diapers on either baby, and no blowouts. The fit on the diapers is great with excellent elastic around the legs and waist without being too tight.
I also grabbed a handy store brand of diaper (Target’s) and performed a side-by-side absorbancy test with the Eco Pea’s. After 2.5 cups of water, both diapers were still holding up but the Target brand did have a few drops of water leaking into the bottom of the bowl.
Of course, no diaper is perfect, hence the 4.5 out of 5. We did have the one overnight leak in the training pants and there was one occasion where an especially full diaper did allow a little pee to soak through my daughter’s outfit.
Still, a solid performance.
Cost and value – 3 out of 5
This is the area that the Eco Pea Co. diapers trail in and what will likely be the biggest factor in whether or not you choose to purchase these diapers.
At around $.86 per diaper (when purchased as a one-time box) or $.54 per diaper when purchased with a one-month subscription (for size 4), the Eco Pea Co. diapers are quite expensive compared to other diaper brands you will find in local stores. With that said, they are comparatively priced (or a bit cheaper) than other bamboo-based diapers available online and if your goal is to purchase a natural, eco-friendly diaper then these are a solid option.
Still, dollars are dollars and I can’t rate these diapers higher than a 3 out of 5 in terms of cost and value.
I have said it once and I will say it again, these diapers perform very well, they are eco-friendly, and they have a great list of ingredients.
If cost is not a big issue for you then you will enjoy these diapers and your baby will be well protected. If cost is a significant factor for you, however, then it is tough for me to recommend these diapers to you if it risks blowing your diaper budget for the month.
If you want to check out these diapers and see how much money you can save with the subscription then check out the store here!
Eco Pea vs Dyper (diapers)
I will go ahead and say that Eco Pea Co. diapers are a direct competitor to the Dyper brand of bamboo diapers and it makes perfect sense to talk about this comparison in this review.
Side-by-side, the Eco Pea Co. diapers and Dyper diapers are almost identical. In fact, aside from the logo, they look and feel like the exact same diaper to me. In terms of performance and cost, I will give the win to the Eco Pea Co. diapers over Dyper because they are just a bit cheaper and we experience slightly fewer issues with this brand.
If you are currently trying to decide between the Eco Pea brand and the Dyper brand then I can say with confidence that you should check out these diapers because they are a bit cheaper with the subscription discount.
Where to buy Eco Pea Diapers
As of right now, you can only buy the Eco Pea Co. brand of diapers from their own online store (found here) and they have options for one-time purchase or recurring subscriptions. If you are willing to purchase in bulk, the diaper + wipe subscription bundle makes the price per diaper and wipe much lower.
Are there any Eco Pea discount codes?
Please note that the products reviewed in this article were provided to me by Eco Pea Co in exchange for an honest review. All opinions about these products are my own.