We’re the reporters who spent months investigating the diaper industry to find out why diapers cost so much. Ask us anything!
My short bio: I’m Kathleen McGrory, the Tampa Bay Times reporter who spent months investigating the diaper industry. I learned diapers are tiny miracles of industrial science, and the technology that keeps babies dry has improved dramatically over the last few decades. Today’s diapers are carefully engineered to absorb a large amount of urine and then instantly dry out. And they are soft. Really soft. To show how they work, my colleague Eli Zhang tore some open, filmed them absorbing squirts of water, and made this interactive graphic.
Our reporting found that manufacturers face pressure to make products that are fancier and longer lasting (i.e. more expensive). But we also discovered that one in three families in the United Stars struggle to afford diapers, and public assistance programs don’t give much help to parents who need these essential products.
Click here to read the story, then AUA!