To accomplish this, Marc Taubert, Mark Siminoff and Karen Nelson recently launched Earth Baby, a compostable diaper service which delivers new diapers straight to clients' homes, then picks up soiled ones to be taken to a local compost center. Still in its early stages, Earth Baby serves 100 families in Santa Clara, San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties. But founders hope that, once their business kicks off, many more Bay Area parents will say good-bye forever to plastic diapers.
"Cloth is already out there," Nelson said. "We wanted something that was easier."
Taubert, a father of two small children, was taking out his garbage last year when he realized how many plastic diapers his family was throwing away each week.
"Right there he said, enough is enough," Nelson said.
He joined forces with Siminoff, also a Mountain View resident, and Nelson, of Santa Cruz. In September, the three launched a pilot version of Earth Baby, and opened their doors to the public December.
According to Earth Baby's calculations, there are 70,000 babies in the Bay Area, using as many as 350 million diapers annually.
"That is 350 million diapers going to landfills each year, just from the Bay Area," Nelson said. "We are trying to reduce that amount."
For $25 a month plus additional fees for the diapers, the company makes weekly drop offs and picks ups. The diapers are made from corn-based plastic which, unlike oil-based plastics, "completely breaks down," Nelson said. They are taken to a certified compost center in Santa Clara County, and within four months, the diapers are fully composted and turned into topsoil for landscaping and golf courses.
"I felt awful about diapers going into the landfills," said Mountain View resident Lauren Angello, who uses Earth Baby. "Compost may be even better than cloth."
Earth Baby's orders must be placed online at www.earth-baby.com. For more information, contact Karen Nelson at (650) 641-0975, ext. 704.