Jellyfish Transformed Into Super Absorbent Diapers
A new method of transforming jellyfish into biodegradable "super-absorbers" suitable for use in diapers, sponges, paper towels and tampons has been developed by nanotechnology startup Cine'al.
Currently, the majority of high absorbent products produced commercially are made up of synthetic materials that can take thousands of years to break down.
"One third of disposable waste in dumps consists of diapers," Du-Nour told the Times of Israel. "In its first year, a newborn baby generates, on average, 70 kilos of diapers a year, maybe more.
Using nano-particles the researchers were able to turn the jellyfish into a hydromash - a "super-absorbent" material that can soak up high volumes of water in blood in seconds. "I think the use of this could eventually be required by governments that are spending millions of dollars to keep jellyfish out of tourist and harbor areas," Du-Nour said.
- Jeremy Fallis