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Very Close to Baby’s Skin: Diapers
We really question the trustability of the daily products used in everyday life related to our babies. Following a healthy lifestyle, most of the parents are going back to the daily lives of the past, very organic and very safe because health is the real wealth of all. It is very important to know that the products are 100% natural. The diapers are the closest and long-time used products for the babies and they are a real need. We need to know the details of the sector for baby diapers.
Materials Used in Diapers
When the market diapers were not in use in our country, fabric cloths prepared from linoleum and non-cotton linoleum were preferred for the little ones. These cloths were reused every day, washed in boiled water and then dried outside and then heavily ironed. Today we have a lot of brands with different price ranges. But is it healthier than before? Are parents who are looking for organic and healthy products for their babies conscious about ready-made market diapers? Do they know what they are really using?
What Materials Does a Diaper Have Than Can Affect Health?
It is possible to find ready-made diapers in the market with organic and non-organic options. However, non-organic products are much more available in the market at lower prices. Reaching organic diapers is much more troublesome. In terms of prices, organic ready-made diapers are much more expensive and hard to find in the market. There is also another problem for the brands, as they are lack of expressing the content materials on the package.
In addition, in most organic ready-made diapers, the inner part that is in direct contact with the baby's skin is organically produced, while the outer part can be mixed with non-organic materials for keeping the wet inside. This may be good for infants' health, but may not be very heartwarming for the environment.
In order to understand the internal materials and structure of ready-made diapers, it is necessary to know the layers of the product. Ready-made diapers have three layers. Inner layer in direct contact with baby skin, the middle layer that absorbs and traps the liquid, and the outer layer with the liquid impermeability. The middle layer consists of the pile for distributing the liquid. As a complement to this pile, there is also a liquid superabsorbent chemical superabsorbent polymer. The outer layer is of petroleum-based product.
The superabsorbent polymer (SAP) is found in all ready-made diapers. This product is produced from petroleum-based materials. Some brands of organic diapers prefer polymers made from plants. While diaper manufacturers still argue that this substance is not harmful to human health, in the 1980s, the use of SAP in female tampons resulted in toxic shock syndrome, and SAP was discontinued. However, the diaper manufacturers stated that there is no risk since the area in contact with SAP is different in infants.
Chlorine used to whiten liquid distributing flues is harmful to reproduction and the immune system, as well as hormones, disrupting hormones. Therefore, families should prefer diapers that do not contain chlorine. In addition, most of the perfumes used to prevent the bad smell that occurs with the use of diapers contain harmful chemicals. The dyes used in the diapers cause problems due to irritation on the baby's skin. Phthalates, a plastic-based material, are literally hormonal disrupters, are damaging the reproductive and endocrine system. For the health of the baby, it is important to check the contents of the diapers. Most organic ready-made diapers do not use harmful substances such as all these stated above.
Environmental Effects of Diapers
A baby will use about 6,000 ready-made diapers until they know about the toilet. The time required for a diaper thrown into nature to disappear is around 400-500 years. Diapers are third in the list of the most consumed household waste. Diapers make up 30% of the insoluble litter in nature. 130 kg of wood, 20 kg of oil stock and 10 kg of chlorine provide the diaper materials a baby needs annually. The consequences of innocent diapers go from climate change to the contamination of natural resources.
Frequency of Use for Baby Diapers
The size of the diaper market in Turkey is estimated at about 350-400 million Euros. 84% of the families in Turkey prefer to use the diaper. However Europe uses diaper 4-5 times in a day, but Turkey uses only 3 times. The average lifetime of diaper use in Turkey is about 27 months. Japanese uses a longer time than all of Europe. The number of diapers used per day is 8 for newborn babies and 4 times a day for older babies and these numbers are still below the European average.
One of the most important disposable hygienic products is a diaper. Diapers should be suitable for the health and comfort of babies. For this reason, recent studies on diapers have focused on raw materials that can be used to protect the baby's health and increase comfort. In particular, studies on absorbency gained weight. But the price range will always be unstable.
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