Public awareness of astronaut diapers rose significantly following the arrest of Lisa Nowak, a NASA astronaut charged with attempted murder, who gained notoriety in the media when the police reported she had driven 900 miles, with an adult diaper so she would not have to stop to urinate.On September 25, 2008, Japanese manufacturers of adult diapers conducted the world's first all-diaper fashion show, dramatizing throughout it many informative dramatic scenarios which addressed various issues relevant to older people in diapers.The largest volume of products that is consumed falls into the lower absorbency range of products, and even when it comes to adult diapers, the cheapest and least absorbent brands are used the most.
"It was great to see so many different types of diapers all in one showing," said Aya Habuka, 26. This is the first time that diapers are being considered as fashion." In May 2010, the Japanese adult diaper market expanded to be used as an alternative fuel source.
The used diapers are shred, dried, and sterilized to be turned into fuel pellets for boilers.
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In the medical community, professionals are trained to use alternative terms such as "briefs" rather than "diapers" for the sake of dignity, as the term "diapers" is associated with children and therefore may have a negative connotation.
In practice, though, most health care workers are accustomed to calling them diapers, especially those that resemble children's diapers.
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