Our disposable diaper history ends in 2004 and I have to say that I’m glad it’s over. I still think the concept was fun and the actual history extremely interesting, but researching the topic took way too much time. I’m not writing about anything else that I can’t directly observe, namely Trixie.
The problem is that each uncovered fact would take me in a whole new research direction. For example, I found just one tiny, tantalizing fact about how one of the original Luvs designers had worked on the Gemini space program. I thought this was a great piece of information. I tried to find out more about NASA’s contribution to the disposable diaper, and ultimately found nothing — but not before I wasted a lot of time googling.
Now that we’ve looked back on 58 years of disposable history, let’s hear from you. Voice your opinion in the latest poll.
Also, if anyone is looking for more information, here’s a list of sites used to compile the facts for this timeline. I highly recommend the first one:
Smaller. The disposable diaper and the meaning of progress
The New Yorker article
The Poop on Eco-Friendly Diapers
The Politics of Diapers
Mothering Magazine article
Diaper Dance: Rise of the Disposable
Today’s Parent.com article
Quest for perfect diaper hasn’t ended
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article
A look at the latest trends and developments
Nonwovens Industry article