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The history of rubber pants

In the late 19th century, towels were soaked in fats and oils to make more or less thick diapers. Back then diaper covers were made out of oiled wool. 

The idea of protective hygiene products prevailed with the commercial distribution of latex around 1920.
The new rubber pants which were worn over diapers, allowed a simpler handling of the baby care.

In the 1950s, plastic: mainly PVC, became more and more popular, and the natural latex rubber pants slowly fell into oblivion.

However, the term rubber pants has survived to this day in the usage of language, but it also describes all types of waterproof trousers,
even if they are typically made of petroleum-based polymers.


Knowledge about 100% natural latex


The sap of the rubber tree Hevea brasiliensis is called natural latex. This natural source of renewable raw material is used for the production of rubber. 
For this purpose the bark of the rubber tree gets scored and the leaking latex gets trapped with a container.
As early as 1600 BC,
 people from Central America and Amazonia processed rubber.
​​​​​​​They
manufactured balls, tubes and vessels or coated textiles due to its hydrophobic properties.

The main advantages of natural latex are:
Renewable resource and CO2 neutral
Environmentally friendly extraction/harvest by hand
Low energy consumption for the production
Long life span
Unproblematic disposal

Facts about our adult diaper covers

Inkoswiss products are all made out of 100% natural latex. Our rubber pants are all carefully glued by hand and differ significantly from the commonly available products.
Due to the fused (glued) seams, our rubber pants offer a high level of protection against leaks from saturated diaper pads in comparison with under-garments put together with stitched seams. An optimal protection to prevent leaking around the upper thighs can only be provided by well designed rubber pants.

All Inkoswiss products are treated with our special surface coating. This makes our latex diaper pants resistant to creams and oils. Our rubber pants are therefore suitable for people suffering from skin irritations in the upper thigh area. With the surface coating process, the surface of the latex is sealed. The rubber pants get a smooth, silky surface and won't stick to itself anymore. Nevertheless, the typical smell and rustling of the latex is reduced by the surface treatment. The material gets care-free, and is less sensitive to staining.

The surface coating is used to immobilise incorporated proteins, which may cause allergic reaction by skin contact. This is why our products are also suitable for people with a latex allergy. However, we recommend to request a surface treated material sample in order to test allergic reactions and avoid any risks.

Due to the surface coating, the docking points for radicals, which can damage the latex, are mostly eliminated. This prevents an oxidation of the material and increases the longevity of the rubber pants by a multiple.


Nowadays, most diapers on the market look like rubber pants, but they mostly consist of PVC or a PE-coated material. These are petroleum-based plastics. In order to have its elastic form, PVC needs chemical softeners which must be added to it. Plasticizers are chemicals which are added to the materials to make them more elastic and flexible. These harmful chemicals, so-called Phthalates, are being absorbed by the skin while being in direct contact during the wearing of the garments, and can negatively affect the hormonal balance of a human being.

Our diaper pants are also characterized by their durability and quality. With careful maintenance of your rubber pants they will remain soft and supple over several years.