After an explosion rocked a chemical plant in Japan over the weekend, many parents are panicked about a possible global diaper shortage.
Why? Well, the chemical plant makes a key ingredient in disposable diapers called acrylic acid. Acrylic acid is used to produce super absorbent polymers, which help disposable diapers absorb liquid without spilling. That particular plant is one of the largest in the world.
Meanwhile, other acrylic acid makers have been operating at full capacity to meet demand.
Parents on multiple blog message boards and Facebook are commenting that they’re on a diaper dash to make sure they don’t run out or have to pay a hefty price in the coming months.
I’m not sure I’ll be joining them in the checkout line.
For one, I’m in the middle of potty training my two-year-old and crossing my fingers that in the coming months we’ll only need a few diapers. Two, worst case scenario (which isn’t really the worst case, just more work), I could always use cloth diapers. Not that I’ve tried it, but I have several friends who have and they swear by it.
I’ll admit I’m nervous about trying to cloth diaper if I decide to go that way, but hey, lots of mommies did it back in the day and that was they’re only option.
Truthfully, I’m also looking into companies that don’t use acrylic acid in their disposable diaper ingredient list. Keep in mind, I read that it can also appear as SAP.
Is anyone familiar with a truly organic or eco-friendly disposable diaper? If so, leave me a comment, I’d love to know!