ROLE OF SPANDEX IN DIAPERS

 

role of spandex in diapers

Diaper is defined as “a basic garment for infants consisting of a folded cloth or other absorbent material drawn up between the legs and fastened about the waist” by Merriam Webster dictionary.

Now based on the requirement diapers are primarily used for infants and young children but they are also now used for elderly people and for adults suffering with mental or physical disabilities. Now-a-days people have started using them for pets too, so diapers have become an integral part of our lives.

Disposable diapers have now completely replaced the traditional re-usable diapers made of cotton fabric used earlier. Disposable diapers are mostly made using the following components and materials:

1) Polyethylene film

2) Polypropylene Non-woven Hydrophobic and Hydrophilic

3) Absorbent core – Wood pulp fluff

4) Super Absorbent Polymer

5) Elastane /Spandex fiber

6) Quick wicking layer

7) Adhesive Hot melts and Elastomeric

8) Fastening tape Stick type/Hook and loop type

9) Moisturizer lotions and fragrance lotions

10) Breathable/Cloth-like back sheet

Here we will focus on the role of Elastane /Spandex fiber in diapers.

In disposable diapers usually polyurethane or polyester foam elastics, and synthetic rubber or spandex elastics are used. But due to their properties now-days mostly spandex elastics are used.

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Is Your Active Wear Making You Inactive?

This one’s for exercise enthusiasts who seem to be finding trouble feeling motivated to get their fitness game on because the thought of getting into active wear is making them cringe and RUN AWAY from even the thought of exercise. Have you ever felt demotivated to go for a jog or hit the gym because it reminds you of the restrictive active wear you’re going to be wearing, especially if you are certain that you picked the correct size at the store? Don’t be surprised when we tell you that it isn’t the fit of the garment that’s the problem. It’s probably the improper elastane fibre composition in the fabric of your active attire that’s choking your body.

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That’s right, the composition of the fabric of your active wear can make a huge difference to your fitness productivity levels. It’s very simple, if you don’t feel comfortable in your clothing, you will not be able to reach or cross your work out potential. What generally makes active wear uncomfortable and restrictive is the lack of elastane fibre yarn in proportion to the hard yarn in the garment fabric.

Hard yarn, as the name implies, is rigid, giving structure to the garment, while elastane fibre yarn gives it the stretch and elasticity required for controlled movement for a particular type of exercise. Naturally, if the garment has less elastane and more hard yarn, it will be rigid and make your movements frigid.

Throw away the active wear garments that make you feel trapped and get going with elastane rich active wear today!

Elastane Fibre And It’s Applications

What stretches up to over 500 percent its size and still manages to retain its shape on recovery?

Three guesses…

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Elastane

Elastane fibre

Spandex fibre

Oh! That’s another thing you probably didn’t know. Elastane, elastane fibre and Spandex fibre are used interchangeably across the globe. Spandex, however, is used more commonly than the rest, more so in the United States of America, so it was natural for the term catch on to the rest of the world.

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Remember Spanx, a stretchy multi-apparel line introduced as slimming wear to the market? It capitalised the most on elastane and its stretch capabilities. They took elastane wrapped with hard yarn (this blend is also known as covered spandex yarn) and created a line of clothing that would not only make you look slimmer but also improve posture. The confidence Spanx gave to overweight women is exemplary.

So how did Elastane Fibre come into existence. This is a fascinating story in its own. During the World War II, when rubber was used in the equipment used in the war, scientists were burning the midnight oil trying to come up for an alternative for this expensive and unstable natural element. That is how elastane was invented. Elastane wouldn’t react to extreme temperatures and chemicals, and displayed phenomenal stretch and recover properties. It was also extremely cheap to manufacture.

Soon after, elastane was being used in the manufacture of garments. Spandex clothing came to be a rage among Rock artists and enthusiasts– it was shiny, tight and iconic. It was a fashion staple from the 70’s through the 80’s.

Today elastane is used in the creation of fashion and function wear. Intimate wear, active wear, fashion wear, hosiery… you name the category and you’ll find a little bit of spandex, or maybe lots, everywhere!