In recent years, numerous personal hygiene products have been analyzed; such as feminine pads, tampons, antiperspirants, after-shave lotions, etc. However, little was really known about diapers and their compounds.
According to the Love & Green society, who carried out a chemical analysis through an independent laboratory, Pampers diapers contain PAH childcare products - polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons; that is to say, petroleum derivatives, such as benzo anthracene and chrysine. These products have been classified by the European Union as carcinogens.
Pampers from Procter & Gamble has used PAHs to primarily protect the skin of babies. Unfortunately, one of the PAH compounds is “petrolatum”, popularly known as petrolatum, which are molecules that are really dangerous for the health of individuals.
This means that from birth to three years, babies have no contact with anything other than these products recognized worldwide as toxic. For Ludivine Ferrer, director of Asef - French Environmental Health Association - this risk is really important and insidious: "If the effect were really immediate, products would have changed their manufacturing methods long ago." PAHs are really "a complex chain of causalities", such as the increase in chronic diseases such as cancer and infertility.
In other words, the Asef study reveals very weak rates of PAH, being the basic minimum tolerated by European regulations. In Ferrar's words, "It is legal but that does not mean that it does not leave traces of dangerous compounds." Especially because industries are morally obliged not to use chemical elements.
As an alternative, Asef invites you to use homemade cloth diapers, which not only take care of the baby's health, but also considerably reduce pollution in the environment. Another alternative is washable diapers, as they are made of cotton or bamboo. The objective is to promote the preventive and ecological principle, mainly for the well-being of the planet and its inhabitants.