News : Cotton diapers a green bundle of joy

Jan 30, 2012

Published by The Portsmouth Herald, Business NH Magazine, and The Granite State Sentinel.

By Jim Cavan 

During the 1950s, few consumer products hit the shelves with a more welcome thud of convenience than the disposable diaper.

And with good reason: What had for centuries been a thanklessly necessary ritual had suddenly transformed into one as easy as flipping open the trash can.

But as with so many other once nagging tasks suddenly rendered simple, it took a while before the implications of all those plastic-based diapers — anywhere from 6,000 to 8,000 per child — began to reveal themselves.

The next five decades would find industry giants Pampers and Huggies battling to prove theirs were the cleanest, cheapest and most convenient.

Read the full story at The Portsmouth Herald and Business NH Magazine or pick up a copy of The Granite State Sentinel at a local drop-off location.