Just some years ago, most premium diapers was plastic backed. But somehow something changed, and many of the manufacturers has started to use non-woven materials instead of plastic.
I know that there's an environmental reason for this, but I still don't get how and why they're starting with the diaper-quality.
FROM MY PERSONAL VIEW
So, it seems to me like they're trying to compensate the leaking from the non-woven materials by adding more SAP. This just make the diaper slower to absorb the liquids, so that the poor leak guards in the sidings are tested to the limit with every wetting, and this makes the diapers worse than ever. And it's even worse than that.
Out of the package, the diapers seems soft and to say it right out; comfy. But because of the added SAP's, it isn't. If you're wearing these diapers for about half an hour or so, without wetting, the polymers are getting hard and rigid from the sweat. Almost like wearing some hard plastic pants. This gets better if you wet them once or twice, but because the new non-woven material is "breathing", the diapers almost always is going to spread out small puffs of used diapers and pee.
So if you really need to go, and can't hold back just a little bit, there is almost certainly a pee stain on your pants, because the polymers are to slow to absorb and there is too little "fluff".
BACK TO THE ENVIRONMENT
The thing that is really bothering me about this environmental crap is that they're still using the same packaging on the diapers, instead of using air-tight paper, so they really started the process the wrong way around by making the diapers worse, instead of just saving a lot of plastic by just changing the packing.
And then I read an article (have been trying to find an English article about this, but only Norwegian this far)... The reporter who made this article, claims that the new non-woven materials is more expensive to the manufacturer than the plastic backing, so it's driving the prices through the roof for us consumers (this article was on baby diapers, but I think this also means that the adult diapers industry is doing the exact same thing).
I know there is a lot of places around the world that is polluted with used diapers lying around. This is really sad, but I think there is another way around to solve this problem. Here in cold and arctic Norway, where I live, we are burning all garbage, to make electricity. This comes in handy as we use almost as much electricity as americans (per consumer). Especially in the wintertime.
So I'm just wondering, where are the pros for using non-woven materials in diapers? Any thoughts?