Diapers are something most of us have been in contact with at some point in our lives. Whether it be our own children or the child of a friend or relative, or perhaps a child we’re babysitting, diapers are a concept most of us are familiar with as they are a pretty integral component of any baby’s everyday life.
But seaweed diapers? This one is likely news for many of us.
Known as Sumo diapers, these things aren’t typical to what you would pull out of a Huggies box. They’re made from a “recyclable material called SeaCell: an antibacterial, absorbent, and biodegradable textile that is made out of seaweed and eucalyptus,” says an article from The Good News Network, and they’ve been “shortlisted as one of the 20 international finalists for the prestigious James Dyson Award.”
In addition to these diapers being beneficial to babies who wear them because of their high antioxidant content, which is good for skin, they can further be “sustainably harvested and recycled.”
So, just how beneficial are these diapers?
The SeaCell website explains that “The unique properties of seaweed help to protect our skin against harmful environmental influences … the seaweed is pure and rich in essential substances such as vitamins, trace elements, amino acids and minerals.
“The substances found in seaweed help to activate cell regeneration, which in turn can help to relieve skin diseases, reduce inflammation and soothe itchiness. Its high level of antioxidants protects the skin against harmful free radicals, which damage our skin cells,” the website says.
Because a lot of machine washable diapers available today fail to be recyclable, these Sumo diapers were designed with a waterproofing technology referred to as EcoRepel which is environmentally sustainable.
As for who is to thank for coming up with such an advantageous product?
“Swiss designer Luisa Kahlfeldt was inspired to develop the diapers for her masters project at the Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne after she was struck by how wasteful and inefficient traditional diapers are for the European Union,” says the article.
I’d certainly this is a prime example of good news.