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History of the Disposable Diaper
"Whether you wore them yourself or have had children/grandchildren in them, you've probably encountered disposable diapers. How much do you know about their origins?"
15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit
The best place to start is at the beginning. Where does the word "diaper" come from, anyway?
It refers to a pattern of geometric shapes.
Nobody really knows, it's like asking "what does the word 'hat' mean?"
It is a Latin word that means, well, "diaper."
(di)oxene (a)denosine (p)oly(e)ster (r)esin (the name of the chemical from which they are made)
In 1947 a woman by the name of Marion Donovan invented one of the most significant precursors to the modern disposable diaper, although it would look quite simple and ineffective by today's standards. What did she name her product?
The next step was to come up with an absorbent material other than cloth - i.e. one that could be cheaply thrown away. What was the first truly disposable absorbent material used in diapers?
After Donovan, the next big name in diaper innovation is Vic Mills. Among his many diverse accomplishments, what did he do?
He designed standing leak guards.
He invented the system of fastening diapers with tapes.
He led the development of Pampers.
He designed a completely biodegradable diaper.
The early history of the disposable diaper is one of lots of trials and just about as many errors. They were leaky, had a small capacity, and did not fit very well. About when did people get the manufacturing process figured out to the point that they really started introducing products that would look familiar today?
Which of the following was NOT a brand of disposable diaper at some point?
All of them were
When were Pampers introduced to the market?
When were Huggies introduced on the U.S. market?
The Unicharm corporation in Japan introduced a new innovation in disposable diapers in 1982, known as "SAP." What does SAP stand for?
super absorbent process
static alkane polymer
standing additive process
super absorbent polymer
In what year were Huggies Pull-Ups brand training pants introduced?
What new design feature, introduced in 1984 and abandoned in 1986, was expected to be a big success but turned out to be a complete failure?
all of these were tried and abandoned at this time
standing leak guards
two tapes per side
Between 1990 and 1996 Pampers (as well as several other leading brands) included this design feature:
wetness indicators on the outside of diapers
diapers designed specially for boys and girls
super thick nighttime diapers
all of these were tried and abandoned in this timeframe
Which of the following countries did not have a mature market for disposable diapers by the end of the 20th century?
the United States
the United Kingdom
Disposable Diapers make up a lot of landfill waste. In 1978 an Oregon spot check indicated that between 16-32% of landfill waste is composed of disposable diapers. Subsequent comprehensive studies have yielded a lower percentage. Approximately what percentage of landfill space (in the U.S.) is filled by disposable diapers?
In 1981 and 1982, in response to concerns over the amount of solid waste generated by the use of disposable diapers, two companies attempted to market what they claimed were bio-degradable disposable diapers. Why did the Federal Trade Commission sue them?
Because while they were biodegradable, they had harsh chemicals that injured babies.
Because they actually degraded into more harmful liquid waste in landfills.
The FTC did not pursue such a lawsuit.
Because the diapers were not bio-degradable.
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