In order to achive a more sustainable supply chain and greater recyclability for nonwovens, the chemical company Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC), Riyadh/Saudi Arabia, is collaborating with the manufacturer of spunmelt nonwovens Fibertex Personal Care A/S, Aalborg/Denmark, to create a range of nonwovens using high-purity recycled plastics from SABIC’s Trucircle portfolio and services. This will be the world’s first nonwovens range based on recycled plastics in the hygiene industry.
The new nonwovens will be made from SABIC’s circular polypropylene (PP), using feedstock derived from previously used plastics, certified under the ISCC PLUS (International Sustainability & Carbon Certification) system. The material is part of the SABIC Purecares portfolio of PP for personal hygiene applications. The certified circular PP material produced by SABIC is created from post-consumer mixed plastics that have been broken down into their molecular building blocks and then re-polymerized to create virgin plastics. The new material can be used as a drop-in solution while meeting the brand owner’s requirements for purity and consumer safety for the hygiene industry applications.
Fibertex Personal Care will provide certified circular nonwovens to its customers with their Comfort, Elite, Dual and Loft product range. These certified nonwovens can be adopted in downstream processes, without compromising convertibility, product properties or performance of the final product.