Inês Correia is an Environmental Engineer based in Portugal who dedicates her career to water pollution and management projects in the UK and Namibia.
Mother of 2 daughters, she is passionate about exploring solutions that have a real positive impact on the environment and people’s lives.
Why are we still using a ‘snap rise’ system?
When her first daughter was born she opted for using reusable nappies.
“We tried on several ‘One-size’ award winning brands and styles. We often dealt with leaks. In the newborn phase it was difficult to get a good fit on the smaller setting and I wondered if the baby felt comfortable with all that bulk. At around 15 moths, some snaps around the waist line started to hit her hip bones, causing her discomfort. They were supposed to last until potty training.”
When Inês had her second daughter, she developed her own adjustment system that could comfortably fit the newborn and the eldest, while being leak proof even at night time.
“Over one year I have designed, stitched and tested over 30 different prototypes until we were fully happy with it. We were able to test the fitting against the two extremes of sizes and body shapes. I was surprised myself with the level of comfort and absorbency achieved in babies with such different sizes.”
Reusable nappy ≠ sustainable nappy
“Only when I started researching about the materials of reusable nappies, I realised how much greenwashing was used to promote them. ‘Eco-friendly’ or ‘natural’ inserts and liners made of viscose / rayon bamboo were actually regenerated cellulosic fibre with a production method that is highly pollutant to the environment.”
‘Microfiber’, ‘microfleece’ and ‘stay-dry’ inserts were actually made of virgin polyester and associated with synthetic micro plastics release from the washing to the rivers.
“As a mother and as a consumer, I felt that parents deserved more transparency on what we are really buying.”
We took the commitment to develop every product, thinking of its practicality, durability and sustainability as core pillars.
All our unique watercolour prints are hand-painted by bonitacor.Art by Ana Figueiredo. She is a graduated artist based in Portugal, who dedicates her passion to painting outstanding illustrations in acrylic and watercolour. Her collaboration with PICO TANGO was inspired by the beauty of our oceans and nature, with a touch of colour to represent the happiness of childhood.
For more information about the artist visit www.bonitacor.art
Made in…Made how?
We are committed to ethical practices along the entire business, setting standards for cloth nappy manufacturing worldwide. Every part of our products and processes ensure safe, honest and clean conditions with the upmost respect for the environment.
Our products are ethically produced in Portugal, where we can ensure that the industry respects people and the environment, and that the facilities follow the highest safety and environmental standards.
We value skill, knowledge, art, creativity and dedication in the people that make this business possible.
We are committed to designing and producing sustainable and ethical reusable nappies and baby accessories, whilst keeping them at an accessible price.
We minimize our carbon emissions by: Sourcing all our fabrics in Portugal and Spain. Producing all goods in Portugal. Having our own initiatives in place to significantly reduce and recycle our material offcuts.
86% of our materials are sourced locally in Portugal, 8% are sourced from Spain and 6% from Asia. Research, design, development, production, quality control and dispatch are all undertaken in Portugal.
We proudly use upcycled marine plastic, organic cotton and Tencel fabrics. We ensure that all material suppliers provide the necessary certification, including Seaqual, OEKO-TEX and Global Recycled Standard to ensure sustainable business practices.
We use 100% recycled paper in our cards. All paper packaging is unbleached, reusable and recyclable. All plastic packaging is 100% recycled, reusable and recyclable.