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What is Disposable Underwear?

Disposable underwear is a form of undergarment designed to be used / worn once and then thrown away.

There are 2 main categories of disposable underwear:

- Disposable non-woven and cotton underwear
- Disposable incontinence underwear

Disposable Polypropylene Underwear

Polypropylene underwear is often referred to as non-woven underwear and is less commonly referred to as paper underwear. This can be quite confusing as 40 years ago disposable underwear was paper based.

Polypropylene or PP for short is a thermoplastic polymer with very low density making it ideal in the production of lightweight disposable underwear

Polypropylene fibres do not have elasticity so the fabric does not stretch to fit the wearer. The underwear is easily designed to accommodate different sizes but the underwear will never be fitted.

 

Disposable Cotton Underwear

Cotton is a more expensive fabric than polypropylene and is less commonly used in disposable underwear.

Cotton naturally allows the skins to breathe so it is very popular as premium quality disposable underwear.

Cotton fibres are extremely elastic so the fabric easily stretches to fit the wearer. The underwear is easily designed to accommodate different sizes and gives a very flattering fitted look.

 

Disposable Incontinence Underwear

Disposable Incontinence Underwear is more commonly referred to as an adult diaper (American English) or a nappy (British English). It is designed to be worn by a person with a body larger than that of an infant or toddler. Diapers can be necessary for adults with various conditions, such as incontinence, mobility impairment, severe diarrhoea or dementia.

Incontinence underwear is more commonly referred to as a diaper (American English) or a nappy (British English). It is a type of underwear that allows the wearer to defecate or urinate without the use of a toilet, by absorbing or containing waste products to prevent soiling of outer clothing or the external environment. When diapers become soiled, they require changing


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