The Diaper Cycle transforms the hygiene, health and waste problem of diapers into an opportunity to generate jobs, soil and fruits.
It started with the design of 100% bio-based diapers. The combination of biodegradable plastics from vegetable sources that does not compete with food and the absorption of solid and liquid excrement with several mixture of natural fibers permits the conversion of used diapers into rich clean compost. Its carbon content is high thus ideal to plant fruit trees. The production of the diapers is local, using a simple semi-automatized machinery co-designed by our partner in India who has been in production of 100% compostable female sanitary pads.
After designing and producing the diapers, which took three years to come to a satisfactory level, we developed and tested a community-based collection and distribution system. Parents receive diapers and return the soiled ones once week to a central point. This reduces the cost of collection and distribution, while it empowers the parents to divert a waste stream from the landfills and incinerators to create a healthy soil. This large-scale production of black earthmeets international hygiene standards. This drives a large fruit tree planting campaign since each child in its life as a diaper-kid will produce approximately one ton of black earth. That is enough nutrients for 1,000 trees. The business model builds on the sale of trees, rather than the cost of diapers. This creates community and aligns citizens with nature.