Diaper Disposal System

The First Years®

Diaper disposal is a major nemesis for new parents. Many diaper pails and disposal systems promise that they are odor-free, easy to use and cost little to operate. But research showed that the majority of parents were dissatisfied with the offerings currently on the market. The First Years® asked PI to work with them in developing a diaper disposal system that truly met the end users’ needs with regards to odor, operation, convenience and cost.

Extensive research into competitive diapering products and odor control from other product categories was conducted. The team stepped away from the idea of a “diaper pail” and rather explored odor control in general, creating several breadboards of ideas and testing their effectiveness at controlling the “worst” smells.

Once the most effective methods were identified the team worked to apply them to a diaper pail concept. The final design allows the user to deposit a diaper by opening the lid, placing the diaper into a bag opening area and pressing down on the lid. The soiled diaper is pushed into the main chamber, which is designed to be lined with a readily-available tall kitchen bag. Use of this bag allows for cost-savings for the parent as no special or expensive refills need to be purchased. Plastic crimper arms were engineered to pinch the top of the bag together to trap odors and open only to allow a diaper to pass into the main chamber. The lid is equipped with a charcoal filter and a battery-operated fan utilizing 4 D-cell batteries. The fan circulates fresh air each time a diaper is inserted and can also be activated at any time by pushing a button. The entire system can be operated with one hand, a major concern of parents who often put their diapers into a pail while still holding one hand on their baby on a changing table.

The simple operation, readily-available refills and outstanding odor control make the Clean Air Diaper Disposal System a favorite among parents, and the product has gained placement at many major retailers.