Plant explosion might cause a global diaper shortage huff.to/V6BEUi oh, dear God, I don't know if I want to live anymore...—
Salma Khan (@salma_khan) October 01, 2012
Tweeters have been alternately fretting and snarking all day as news of a potential global diaper shortage spreads. The odoriferous disaster could occur thanks to an explosion Saturday at a chemical plant in the Japanese city of Himeji. Owned by the Nippon Shokubai Company, the plant produces 20% of the world’s supply of superabsorbent polymers (SAP) and 10% of the world’s acrylic acid. Both of these compounds are very, very important for the manufacture of disposable diapers.
Many people are legitimately worried about what could happen as the price spikes hit the fan.
If you have kids and they use diapers stock up… Possible diaper shortage coming uy—
N Leon (@HerGorditaJ735) October 01, 2012
bought 3 cases of diapers. There may not be a diaper shortage, but we are prepared nonetheless.—
Lindsey (@bloggerlinds) October 01, 2012
Plenty of people are also taking the opportunity to promote cloth diapers.
…and diaper producers are trying to reassure a nervous public.
Procter & Gamble: "We do not expect a significant impact" when asked about rumors of a diaper shortage.—
Justin Lear (@CNNJustin) October 01, 2012
Of course, some people were just too busy laughing to worry about the impending smelliness that could bring society to its knees.
bacon shortage and disposable diaper shortage…oh my, the world is ending for some class of folks….LMAO—
Just Jen (@Loverly_Jen) October 01, 2012
First a bacon shortage and now a diaper shortage? I smell a conspiracy.—
Colin (@cccolinnn) October 01, 2012
In all seriousness, though, there is more to this story than diapers. The explosion was a genuine disaster and our hearts should go out to the victims: