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Eco-friendly Alternatives: The Difference between TPU vs. PUL and the Benefits of Biodegradable TPU

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In today's world, where sustainability has become a global priority, it is essential to seek eco-friendly alternatives in every aspect of our lives. In our quest for sustainable materials, biodegradable options have been gaining momentum across many industries, especially in the market of reusable diapers. At the forefront of this wave, Kanga Care has used biodegradable TPU to waterproof our products since 2010. Today, we delve into the world of eco-conscious textiles and explore the benefits of biodegradable TPU for cloth diapers. Additionally, we will shed light on the differences between TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) and PUL (polyurethane laminate), two commonly used materials in the manufacturing of reusable diapers. Join us as we uncover the impact of these innovations on our planet.

Understanding TPU and PUL fabric:

TPU and PUL are fabrics commonly used in the manufacturing of reusable diapers to create a waterproof outer layer for cloth diapers and cloth diaper covers. These materials are also used in the production of many cloth diapering accessories, such as wet bags, pail liners and changing pads. Both TPU and PUL consists of a polyester base fabric with a thin film of polyurethane laminated onto it. This lamination process creates a waterproof barrier that prevents moisture from leaking out of the diaper. TPU and PUL are highly regarded in the cloth diapering community for the excellent waterproofing properties and durability. TPU has the added benefit of breathability which allows the cloth diaper to contain wetness while still allowing air circulation, reducing the risk of diaper rash, and maintaining the comfort of the baby. Both TPU and PUL are easy to clean, quick-drying, and can withstand repeated washing without losing their waterproofing abilities.

Difference between TPU and PUL:

The biggest difference between TPU and PUL is the method in which each is manufactured. 

TPU Manufacturing Process: 
TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) film is thin and transparent. This film is then applied to a base fabric, like polyester, to create the waterproof TPU fabric as used in cloth diapers and covers. The TPU film and base fabric are bonded to each other after being passed through heated rollers or a lamination machine. This process applies heat and pressure to melt the TPU film. The melted TPU adheres to the base fabric, creating a permanent bond. The resulting TPU fabric possesses excellent waterproofing properties due to the impermeable nature of TPU. It forms a protective barrier that prevents liquid penetration while still allowing breathability and flexibility in the fabric.
PUL Manufacturing Process: 
PUL (polyurethane laminate) film is also thin and transparent. However, instead of using heat and pressure to bond the laminate to the base fabric, the manufacturing process of PUL uses pressure, solvents, and other chemicals to coat the base fabric and create the bond. The resulting PUL fabric also possesses excellent waterproofing properties although is not as breathable as TPU. There is much debate about the continued use of PUL as the solvents used in this process have harmful effects on the environment and human health.

platinum rumparooz cover tpuWhat is Biodegradable TPU:

Biodegradable TPU, also a thin thermoplastic polyurethane film, stands out for its minimal ecological impact and the absence of toxicity to the environment. Biodegradable TPU is also manufacturer through heat and pressure, the same as traditional TPU. Biodegradable TPU is designed to decompose naturally in specific conditions, such as exposure to microorganisms and oxygen found in a proper compost. This ensures that the material breaks down into harmless components, leaving no long-lasting environmental footprint.

Benefits of Biodegradable TPU Fabric:

  1. Sustainability: Biodegradable TPU laminate aligns with the principles of sustainability. It reduces plastic waste and its associated negative impacts, making it an excellent choice for environmentally conscious manufacturers, such as Kanga Care, and our customers. By embracing this material, we contribute to the preservation of our planet's resources for future generations.
  2. Versatility: Biodegradable TPU laminate retains the favorable characteristics of TPU, including its flexibility, durability, breathability, and waterproof nature.
  3. Eco-friendly Performance: Biodegradable TPU laminate eliminates the use of chemicals and solvents while providing an effective waterproof barrier, ensuring protection and longevity for the products it is used in. This makes it both a practical and an environmentally sound choice for items like cloth diapers, cloth diaper covers, wet bag, pail liners, changing pads, and other applications where water resistance is essential.

The emergence of biodegradable TPU laminate marks a significant milestone in sustainable textile production. With its biodegradability and water-resistant properties, this material offers an environmentally responsible alternative to traditional laminates. By understanding the differences between TPU and PUL, we can make informed choices and champion the use of materials that leave a positive impact on our planet. While PUL is water-resistant and commonly used in cloth diapers, it poses significant environmental concerns due to its inclusion of chemicals and solvents. Furthermore, it lacks biodegradability, leading to its persistence in the environment and contributing to the escalating issue of plastic pollution.

At Kanga Care, we are dedicated to the health and well-being of your family and the planet, as we actively work towards a greener and more sustainable future. 


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