There are the chlorine-free diapers that are hypo-allergenic and latex-free. They're made of renewable resources, such as corn, wheat, wood pulp and don't pollute as much as traditional disposable diapers. The downside to these is that they end up in the landfill.
Another option is G Diapers. There are two styles to these. The first is one with the disposable insert that is flushable, and the cover is machine washable. So far this is the option that is winning for me. Their other style is the cloth insert that you have to wash. This doesn't seem too different from a cloth diaper so I'm not sure I would go this route.
The final option I have is to use cloth diapers. I know a few people who have recently had a baby and LOVE cloth diapers. I have to see this process in action in order to judge better whether this will work for me. There is a cloth diapering service around here but not in my town. I wonder if they'd make a special trip out for me or if I'd have to drive out to them. Washing them in my own washer seems like the better option but do I want to deal with the hassle?
I have 3 months left to choose which eco-option I will try. Cost, hassle, and environmental impact will weigh in on my decision.
Maybe I could just start potty training from the beginning. There is a new movement that gets kids potty trained starting at 4 months. The thought of no diapers sounds like bliss, but running to the bathroom every time an infant needs to go sounds like anything but heaven to me.
I'll keep you posted on what option I choose. Decisions, decisions....