Recently, an online petition was started by our founder, Jenn Labit, demanding disposable diaper companies come clean about what materials and chemicals are present in disposable baby diapers. The petition requests the FDA and FTC eliminate special product and package labeling exclusions for baby diapers.
Why are we doing this?
Currently, due to labeling exclusions, baby disposable diaper packages contain little to no information about what is in the diaper. When parents or physicians ask for detailed information about what is in the diapers, disposable diaper companies don’t have to respond.
It’s not about cloth vs. disposable. It’s about transparency. It’s about giving a voice to parents whose babies suffer an allergic reaction to disposables but can’t pinpoint what is causing the reaction. As parents and caregivers, we believe that we deserve to know what’s touching our babies’ skin.
So what are disposable diapers?
Baby disposable diapers are virtually unlabeled. No textile labels. No ingredient lists. No disclosure, paired with lots of secrets and very little regulation. In fact, there is no required testing beyond basic CPSIA tests for lead & phthalates.
Babies wear these diapers, next to their genitals, for two to three years. They’re exposed to everything in that diaper: every fabric – woven or non-woven, every chemical – intended or unintended. Nearly every other garment in our society has to be fully labeled; even socks.
The FDA does not consider baby disposable diapers medical devices; thus, they are not required to go through medical device testing. Adult disposable diapers are considered medical devices and have stricter regulations.
Baby disposable diapers may contain ingredients like petrolatum, oils or other lotions that are intended to help prevent diaper rash, keep a baby’s skin soft or prevent contact with wetness, but the packages do not include INCI compliant ingredient decks to disclose these ingredients. Disposable diaper companies have confirmed that their diapers contain small amounts of the preservatives iodopropynyl butylcarbamate and Quaternium-15, which are common contact allergens. The preservative iodopropynyl butylcarbamate or IPBC is not permitted for use in children’s leave-on products in the European Union.
Disposable baby diapers are excluded from labeling requirements by the FTC and are nearly the only thing worn by a human, other than a hat or a disposable menstrual pad, where product package labeling isn’t mandated by law to fully disclose the amount and type of materials used in the construction of the garment.
Let your voice be heard!
Dermatologists, like Dr. Rebecca Chibnall, assistant professor of dermatology at Washington University in St. Louis, pediatricians, doctors, and more have signed this petition. Parents are enthusiastically signing as well. It’s time to demand transparency for your baby’s sake. No one should have to play guessing games with the health of a baby.
To learn more about the petition and add your signature, visit www.IGetToKnow.com, a change.org petition. Please encourage your friends, family, pediatrician and more to join us.