The Manufacture of Disposable Nappies

The Manufacture of Disposable Nappies

March 10, 2020

While doing some research about reusable cloth nappies, I came across this video about the manufacture of disposable nappies. It is a “how it’s made” style older video from 2011 by the National Geographic. The commentator in this video almost seems in awe about the process involved and he seems to admire how well the sodium polyacrylate works. Very little mention of the massive negative aspects of disposable nappies, and no mention of the fact that they will be in landfill for up to 500 years. I guess that’s a sign of the times, and how much more aware we are now than we were even just a decade ago, and how the focus is thankfully shifting towards our impact rather than convenience.


What I do take from the video is the whole process involved in creating a disposable nappy, then to have it shipped across the world, only to be worn once for just a few hours at most. You can be sure that there is also a big process involved in the manufacture of a reusable cloth nappy, but at least that nappy can then be reused over and over for years and on subsequent children.

In case you would like refresher on the disposable nappy statistics, you can see another blog post about it here

Anyway, here’s the video. It’s rather interesting despite the commentators admiration of the dreaded disposable nappies! I hope you enjoy...


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