I really am surprised no one has posted about this. I've been waiting for a week now, ever since I tried a recently ordered case of Abena Abri-form M4s that my friend had bought, for this to be mentioned.
Let me give you a little background about me. I've been wearing Abris for probably well over seven years. They are by far my favourite diaper, they tick most of the boxes. One of them being the plastic thickness and feel. So you can imagine that it came as quite a shock to discover last weekend that a recent shipment my friend has received had Abris in it with a seriously thinner plastic top-sheet.
Abena have most definitely changed the plastic from what it used to be, it's now probably between 2/3s and 1/2 as thick as it used to be. It's closer in thickness to what Bambino Bellisimo use, rather than what Abriform used to be. The overall general diaper thickness is near enough the same, and the tapes are just as good as far as I can see this is the only change they've made.
However, I think it's both cheeky and a smart move on their part at the same time. Let me explain why:
Abena were planning to turn their whole production line into Air Premium or something to that effect I believe? I think their idea was to, by adding a much much cheaper non-woven layer of cloth over the plastic, reduce the grade of the plastic (thereby making it much cheaper to produce - due to plastic being made out of oil that's constantly rising in price). Most people assume the cloth idea is a comfort thing, but I think it's a cost cutting measure, as well as being a discretionary measure.
So when there was a backlash from our community over their sudden move to make all abri-forms cloth covered, they kept their cost cutting measure (by removing a percentage of the plastic's thickness), and removed the discretionary and strengthening measure by not adding the cloth. Rather suspect and rather cheeky if you ask me.
Not sure if I'm happy that they've kept the plastic backed diapers, or unhappy that they've swindled me a little. Has anyone else experienced this at all?
What do you all think?
PS: Btw, I'm in the UK and I highly doubt that this has permeated across Abena's whole distribution network yet, I just figured you'd be best off being warned! Also would be nice for a couple of other people who've had the same experience to confirm for me .