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Study of Bamboo and Cotton Blended Baby Diapers

O.L. Shanmugasundaram (Department of Textile Technology, KSR College of Technology, Tiruchengode, India, )
R.V. Mahendra Gowda (V. S. B. Engineering College, Karur, Tamil Nadu, India, )

Research Journal of Textile and Apparel

ISSN: 1560-6074

Article publication date: 1 November 2011



Absorbent disposable products, such as diapers and sanitary napkins, are mostly one-time use items and designed to absorb and retain body fluids and solid waste. The present research work deals with the development and characterization of baby diapers made from four different fibrous compositions namely, pure bamboo, pure cotton, bamboo/cotton (70/30) and bamboo/cotton (50/50). Antibacterial activity tests have been carried out on baby diapers against S.aureus and E.coli. The strongest antibacterial activity in terms of reduction of the organism is found in diapers produced from pure bamboo fibre and the weakest antibacterial activity is found in cotton diapers. Superabsorbent polymer (SAP), namely, sodium polyacrylate is incorporated into the diapers to enhance their absorption capacity. The diapers are subjected to tests such as absorption capacity, liquid strike-through, acquisition time under load and diaper rewet under load to study their performance. Upon an analysis of the results, it is found that the performance of diapers produced from a bamboo/cotton (70/30) fibre blend is superior in comparison to the other ones.



Shanmugasundaram, O.L. and Gowda, R.V.M. (2011), "Study of Bamboo and Cotton Blended Baby Diapers", Research Journal of Textile and Apparel, Vol. 15 No. 4, pp. 37-43.



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