Environmentally friendly diapers that can be safely burned or flushed down the toilet could soon become reality following the invention by a Japanese firm of a new water-absorbing resin.


The new resin, that is “made of guar gum and can be dissolved by micro-organisms” in water, can also be buried to help desert greening, according to Norihisa Sasaki, a spokesman for textiles firm Unitika Ltd.


The company has used the resin and special textiles to make prototype diapers that completely break down into water and carbon dioxide, he said.

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