- In order to be considered a biodegradable diaper, it can not be made with plastic in the lining or have a filling made with petrochemical-based polymers (sodium polyacrylate).
- It must also be composed of materials that are more natural and decompose faster than traditional diapers.
- These non-toxic disposable diapers, which are manufactured in Denmark, feature an absorbent core with less SAP (wheat starch is used for much of the filling).
Most of the baby diapers used today are not eco-friendly or biodegradable. In fact, disposable baby diapers take centuries to decompose fully. According to the Clean Air Council, in the US people throw around 49 million diapers per day and making it a third largest source of household garbage. However, baby diapers are one of the largest contributors to landfills and can harm animals, humans, as well as the environment. Thus, nowadays, consumers are demanding for eco-friendly baby diapers to prevent baby from rashes, keep them dry as well as reduce landfills. Moreover, various manufacturers are inclining towards the development of innovative solutions such as biodegradable baby diapers with non-chlorine, latex, and dye-free materials to meet growing consumers demand for environmentally friendly baby diapers. Manufacturers are also introducing novel biodegradable baby diapers made of cornstarch material instead of plastic and without bleaching with chlorine that emits toxins into the water and air.
Consumers are seeking for environmentally friendly diapering options such as gDiapers, developing innovative technologies such as nanotechnologies that can minimize the environmental impact of disposable baby diapers, and increasing birth rate in developing countries are the factors influencing the growth of the biodegradable baby diapers market in the near future. Additionally, according to March of Dimes- a non-profit organization, over the last few years, there is an increase in premature birth rate across the US along with growing demand for hybrid diaper are some other factors fueling the growth of the biodegradable baby diapers market during the forecast period. In 2017, the premature birth rate was around 9.9% of total births in the US compared to 2016.
On the basis of the distribution channel, the global biodegradable baby diapers market has been segmented as –
- Store-Based Retailing
- Convenience Stores
- Discount Stores
- Specialty Stores
- Independent Small Groceries
- Online Retailer
Some of the key players operating in the global biodegradable baby diapers market are GroVia, Naty AB, Hengan International Group Company Limited, Seventh Generation, Inc., The Honest Company, The Hain Celestial Group, Inc., Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Kao Corporation, Bumkins Company, The Procter & Gamble Company, Svenska Cellulosa AB, Ontex Group, Unicharm Corporation, and others. GroVia provides one of the best environmentally-friendly hybrid biodegradable baby diapers solution that contains both cloth absorbency and a waterproof layer made from biodegradable and compostable materials.
Companies are developing some eco-friendly and chlorine free diaper solutions, growing hygiene concern among consumers attributed to an increase in demand for biodegradable baby diapers during the forecast period. Moreover, various manufacturers are developing hybrid baby diapers by combining both cloth and eco-friendly disposable components, the rise in environmentally-conscious consumers, and growing product premiumization trend is expected to increase the biodegradable baby diapers market during the forecast period