PARENTS! Listen up!
If you do the whole cloth diaper thing, you probably don't have to worry about this. If you're the other 99% (unverified number, but it's gotta be high) that do the disposable thing, you might need to panic!
A chemical plant explosion could lead to a diaper shortage!
Well, this plant, operated by Nippon Shokubai Co., is one of the world's largest producers of acrylic acid, a primary ingredient used in disposable diapers.
Acrylic acid happens to be super important if you want to make superabsorbent polymers or SAP, which absorb large amounts of liquid. Nippon Shokubai makes roughly 20 percent of the world's SAP and maintains a 10 percent global market share of acrylic acid.
Apparently the company had already reached out to other producers to make sure their clients' needs are met — no word on if they were just given the biggest middle finger in history from their competitors.
Have some compassion! Your customers are babies!
As for the parents, maybe you should stock up!
In the end, though, regardless of the possible shortage, the real issue here is that one firefighter died and 34 employees and first responders were injured in the blast that shook the facility to its core.
The loss of life, and threat to life, is horrible and hope that those injured recover quickly.
[Image via AP Images.]