Chemical Plant Explosion Could Mean Global Diaper ShortageMadeline Holler
Forget porkopalypse. The pending potential crisis for millions and millions is a possible worldwide diaper shortage.
An explosion Saturday at a Japanese chemical plant, which produces a key element in disposable diapers, could slow production of disposable diapers everywhere and possibly drive up the price.
The chemical plant, Nippon Shokubai, produces about 10 percent of the world supply of acrylic acid, which is used to make SAP, a resin substance and key component in diapers.
Nippon Shokubai produces one-fifth the world supply of SAP. Other SAP-makers have been operating at full capacity, according to an NBC and Reuters report on the explosion, and it is not yet known when Nippon Shokubai will be coming back online at full speed.
The explosion killed one firefighter and injured at least 30 others. It happened after a fire broke out in the afternoon. Emergency workers were spraying an acrylic acid tank with water, which caused the first of two explosions. A second explosion followed shortly thereafter, causing more fires.
All this means if you find a good price on disposable diapers today, you might want to hoard a few extra boxes. A shortage could mean higher prices.
Cloth diaper users everywhere rejoice.