Supplier: Ecosoulife International
Product: Biodegradable potty
The products were provided to Eco Parents Australia to review. This is not a paid review. The opinions are those of Eco Parents Australia.
Using a potty suits our family. We really like being able to pop it in a carry bag and take it on walks, drives or staying with family. It also is handy during potty training to be able to have it on hand in any room in the house or even out in the backyard. There have been a number of times when a quick duck off the highway in the rain has not been a drama as we have a van with enough room for potty time without the kids having to get out of the vehicle. A potty is very easy to take out and about.
By age three my son was fully toilet trained, with cloth nappies now only in use on our nearly 2 year old daughter. Our children are only 18 months difference in age and share a room. We keep a potty in their room for when my son needs it in the night. They are small in size and our regular toilet is too big without a padded seat and ladder.
We received the red plastic potty as a hand-me-down from my sister a few years ago and it was originally meant to stay at the grandparents place. However, its features meant we ended up taking it home as we did not have a potty. Let’s compare the red run-of-the-mill plastic potty available in most department stores, and the biodegradable potty.
One of the first things I noted was the weight of the biodegradable potty. It feels very sturdy for something made from cornstarch. The walls are a lot thicker than the red plastic potty. The only downside of the weight is it hurts more if dropped on little toes (my daughter found this out the hard way). It has quite a high back which can help to keep clothes from getting dunked in the potty and of course offers support to the child. In the early days a child can spend quite some time sitting there. It has a simple design.
- Neutral colour
- 600 grams
- Made from vegetable waste matter – starch, corn, bamboo and rice husks.
- Biodegrades in 2-3 years when buried
- Length 27.8cm, width: 20.7cm, height: 17.2cm
In comparison the plastic potty weighs 318 grams and measures: length 26.5cm, width 20.7cm, height 14.5cm.
When this potty has done its job and it has reached the end of its useful life (as a potty) it can be buried and Ecosoulife say it will biodegrade naturally after 2 to 3 years once in the ground. In fact, Ecosoulife even suggest having a graduation ceremony where the toilet trained child and family bury the potty and plant a seed in it to mark the accomplishment. You can print a graduation certificate from their website. What a great way to teach kids about the plant life-cycle.
How the potty is made
Rice and bamboo husks are ground into a fine powder, which is then mixed with a small amount of biodegradable resin. The mixture is pressed into a potty shape mould, then let to cool while it sets.
Because the biodegradable potty is heavier than the plastic potty it is a bit more awkward to carry. It could really use a carry hole. It is recommended to rinse and dry the potty after each use. In a busy household this does not always happen. Sometimes my son does a wee in it without my knowledge and I might find it later. The biodegradable potty does retain some odours if not washed immediately after use.
The products arrived with recycled and recyclable cardboard packing.
Ecosoulife is an award winning Australian brand that aims to inspire an ever-growing environmentally conscious global network.
Ecosoulife sells eco friendly, sustainable and biodegradable products. They are dedicated to changing the way that people consume in order to ensure that our motto “safer for me, safer for the planet” will be implemented as much as possible.
In 2007 Gal and Sharon Benjamin embarked on creating a brand that had a positive impact on the environment. In 2011, after three years of research materials and investment in product development, the brand was launched.
Within three years, Ecosoulife has grown into a successful international brand, selling in 20 countries and constantly expanding. Ecosoulife’s products are sold in Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Taiwan, Denmark, Switzerland, Germany, France, South Africa, Israel, Bali, Dubai, Czech Republic, Japan, China (Shandong Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei Province), Benelux, USA and Canada.
It all began when Gal and Sharon’s oldest son showed a strong passion for conserving the environment. He would ensure that all rubbish at home was separated into the right category and his passion for the environment spread to his family. The family believed that change was necessary in order to allow future generations to enjoy a clean and quality environment. As a family, Gal and Sharon wanted to contribute to sustaining a healthy environment by creating a product that would facilitate less waste. Gal used her creativity to build an innovative range of products. The products are not only safe for the environment, they are also beautifully designed.
Ecosoulife’s creativity and innovation makes them stand out. Ecosoulife has been awarded multiple times for their outstanding creative products and their stands at tradeshows are attracting many interested buyers around the world.
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