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Sustainability considerations for hygiene

Sustainability, with a soft touch

Nonwovens and films for hygiene applications present unique sustainability challenges. How can we make hygiene products more sustainable, while also achieving new levels of comfort and protection? We’re making progress toward answering those challenges.
 

Doing more, with less

Downgauging – using less material – is one way to reduce plastic waste and our carbon footprint, as well as make better use of natural resources. Our advanced technologies help create lighter, thinner structures, using less material while improving performance and comfort.
 

Designing for recyclability

We’re exploring new technologies, committing to renewable, bio-based feedstocks, pushing forward to drive real change. One example? Simplified, mono-material film structures can help make recycling easier – and cleaner. And polyethylene, the most recycled plastic in the world, makes a great mono-material option for hygiene products.
 

Putting it all together

Teaming up with others in the value chain has allowed us to develop PE-based versions of virtually every diaper component. The result – an “Extreme PE” diaper prototype – contains >40% percent polyethylene vs. the 4-8% found in conventional diapers.

We know there’s still more to do, but we are excited about the journey toward making fully recyclable hygiene products a reality.

Let’s talk about a more sustainable future.