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Below are our most commonly asked questions. If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for, please contact us here and we will be happy to help.

 

What is the best way to compost the nappies?

We find the best way to compost the nappy at home is to put these in the compost bin if you have one or a hole in the ground and once full you can cover up. About 65% of the nappy will degrade over time, depending on the conditions. We also rip off the side tabs and front velcro strip as well and put this in the rubbish. We don't recommend you dispose of number twos in the compost due to hygiene reasons. 

Do your wipes contain the banned substance iodopropynyl butylcarbamate IPBC?

Our wipes do NOT contain this banned substance IPBC and have never contained this substance.

Will your nappy breakdown in landfill?

We can not control how local councils deal with general waste and landfill waste and all different councils in New Zealand appear to have different methods for dealing with general waste and green waste. If the product goes into landfill waste we do not believe the nappy will breakdown in a timely manner. In some landfill studies, corn and newspapers were dug up 50 years later showing no signs of degradation as the product was in an oxygen and light free environment. 

Why is your sizing is different to other brands?

We currently have 4 sizes of nappies in the Little Genie range compared to other brands, where they often have 6 sizes. Because of this reason our sizing may be slightly different to cater for only 4 sizes. The Crawler nappy is the most different and is smaller than other brands and you may need to use Toddler instead if you find the crawler too small.

Where can I buy your Little Genie nappies?

All our range is sold at Countdown nationally as well as selected New World, Pak n Save, Commonsense Organics and our own online store.

Do you have a patent on your nappies?

We applied for a patent on our nappies and have put patent pending on all our packaging. Due to cost reasons we have decided as a company not to progress with the patent for New Zealand and other countries. The wording patent pending 580718 will no longer be used on our packaging.

Are your Biodegradable wipes compostable?

Yes, our biodegradable wipes are made from viscose/rayon from bamboo and can be composted and will breakdown normally within 6 months. If the wipes go into landfill waste we do not believe the wipe will breakdown in a timely manner. In some landfill studies, corn and newspapers were dug up 50 years later showing no signs of degradation as the product was in an oxygen and light free environment.

Will your nappy bags breakdown in landfill?

If the nappy bags go into landfill waste we do not believe they will breakdown in a timely manner. In some landfill studies, corn and newspapers were dug up 50 years later showing no signs of degradation as the product was in an oxygen and light free environment. We are updating our packaging to reflect this so no confusion with degradable plastics. 

How much petrochemicals go into the Little Genie nappies?

We use as little petrochemicals as possible in the construction of our nappy as we like to use sustainable materials where possible. The main different ingredient in our nappy is the viscose/rayon from bamboo, which gives it the cloth-like feel.

Are you a NZ company or do you just distribute the nappies?

Yes, we are a New Zealand-based company. The product was completely developed in New Zealand and took about 3 years to get to market. It is a world first as far as we are aware and we value any customer feedback regarding our nappies as we are always looking to improve our products. The main ingredient in our products is generally viscose/rayon from bamboo and for this reason our products are made in China where the bamboo grows and is harvested in abundance. No baby wipes are currently made in New Zealand and no manufacturing facilities are available to us to manufacture our nappies in New Zealand as well. 

Do you use any gels in the nappies?

Yes we use two types of gels in our nappies due to performance reasons. One of the gels is derived from wheat starch and is biodegradable and the other is a SAP which is commonly used in many nappy brands. Occasionally you may see gel on your baby when changing them, and these appear often as a clear gel-like substance. SAP gel is chemically inert and independent scientific research has shown it is "non toxic, not carcinogenic, and non-irritating to the skin." 
More information on SAP and studies carried out.

Is urine in used nappies bad for your compost or garden?