Diapers have been in the market for more than a century, but with the increasing preference towards disposable diapers of parents are leading to a huge amount of diapers waste. With over 300,000 babies born worldwide every day, and parents increasingly choosing disposable, it’s estimated that people are using and chucking hundreds of billions of diapers every year.
The global diaper market reached $65 billion in 2018 and expected to grow at CAGR of 6% during 2019-2024. Looking up to this alarming situation many major players such as P&G, Unicharm Corp. etc. has jumped into the research programs for recycling this waste.
We worked on a technology landscape report on Recyclable Diapers covering patent as well as market insights. Few of the insights are mentioned below:
The Market for Recyclable Diapers has been very optimistic and fruitful in recent years as many major players such as P&G, Kimberly Clark are moving towards sustainable product outlines. The preferred market places for Recyclable Diapers are the USA, China, Japan, and Europe. Many major players such as Unicharm Corp. or Procter & Gamble prefer Regular Disposable Diapers over other types of Disposable Diapers for their recycling programs.
With an increase in the race to develop new technologies to recycle used diapers has lead to an increase in research activities in various research institutions and universities. One of the examples is Chung Hua University in Taiwan where a team of scientists has come up with a user-friendly machine that can turn 220 pounds of dirty diapers into clean, raw materials in a single hour. These raw materials can be reused to make things like cardboard, paper, absorbent pads, and more diapers.
Considering the patent filings, almost 77% of the patents are taking priority from the USA, China, Japan, and Germany. Major players like Unicharm Corp. and Care Route Services KK seems to be interested in the region like Japan for their R&D in Recyclable Diapers.
Universities like “Shaanxi University of Science & Technology” and “Fukuoka University” are protecting their innovations by majorly filing patents in this domain.
The patent filing in recyclable diaper does not appear to be consistent. Filing trend in Recyclable Diaper faced many inclinations and declination. In the year 1989, the filing exponentially increased for the first time.
Inventors like “Takayoshi Konishi” and “Takeshi Cho” are playing major roles for the major players like “Unicharm Corp.” and “Care Route Services KK” by filing maximum number of patents in Recyclable Diapers.
It is interesting to see how various types of diapers such as Disposable Diapers, Cloth Diapers, Paper Diapers, etc. are recycled and produced into either end products such as tables, diapers again, etc. or end materials such as SAP, cotton, etc. From the patent filings in Recyclable Diapers, it seems that the majority of patents are filed on Disposable Diapers consisting of majorly Synthetic Polymer Materials.
The landscape report provides a bird’s-eye view of filing trends in Recyclable Diaper such as priority year, priority countries, market countries, major players, major universities, and top inventors.
Additionally, the report provides the distribution of patents related to types of diapers that are being recycled, their end recycled product and materials for diapers, and assignee breakdown working in Diaper Recycling.
This report is also useful for assessing changing market dynamics and for identifying unknown or new competitors, potential partners and emerging technology trends.