Bleached flats have been bleached at a factory and therefore they are white in color.
Cons of using bleached diapers are:
- The strength of the fibers is weaker because of the bleaching process.
- I noticed the bleached diapers were getting pilly.
- Additional pollutants can be released in the air due to the bleaching process.
- Faster prep time.
Unbleached flats have not been bleached at a factory and have a beige color.
Cons of using unbleached diapers are:
- More prep work because they have retained their natural oil. I washed and dried my unbleached diapers two more times than the bleached diapers before using them.
Pros to unbleached diapers are:
- They are better for the environment since they have not been bleached.
- They are softer due to retaining oil
- Hide stains better because of the beige color.
The biggest drawback I found by using OsoCozy is that they are a smaller size than other flat diapers on the market. I don't see them working for a bigger baby until they are potty trained. My daughter is 9 months old and is 27 lbs. and 31 1/2 inches long. Her rise is about 19 inches, and her waist is 22 inches. For the diapers I received, I had to partially overlap two diapers before doing either the kite fold or origami fold. Though, I found that they pad fold worked well for us.
Overall, I did not have a problem with absorbency (except for Day 2).
Based on the pros to using unbleached diapers and the bigger size of the unbleached flats, I would recommend to my readers if they were to buy OsoCozy flats, that they buy the unbleached flats.
Note: I received 6 unbleached flat diapers and 6 bleached diapers from OsoCozy to use during the Flats and Handwashing Challenge and reviewing them. I was not compensated in any way. My review on this product is reflects my experience with this product.