Posted: Oct 1, 2012 8:42 PM
Updated: Oct 1, 2012 9:00 PM
An explosion at a Japanese chemical plant this weekend has moms (and news outlets alike) talking of a global diaper shortage.
The plant in the coastal city of Himeji, operated by Nippon Shokubai Co., is one of the world's largest producers of acrylic acid. The acrylic acid is a main ingredient in a resin called SAP -- it is what makes diapers absorbent. But now we have to brace ourselves for what could turn into the biggest blow-out ever. This could mean no more convenience, and much more laundry.
The plant had been ramping up production to meet increasing global demand, especially from China, according to Japanese media reports. According to reports, powerful blasts rocked the facility Saturday, as firefighters were trying to control a blaze at one of the tanks containing the chemical. One firefighter died, 34 employees and several first responders were injured in the blast.
When there is a gas shortage, we know it creates sky-rocketing prices, long lines, and even mass chaos at the pumps. Does this potential diaper shortage worry you? Will you stock up, or consider other methods of diapering (perhaps cloth)? At what price would you consider switching to cloth?
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