As the growing world population is increasingly depending on soft and lofty nonwovens for absorbent products in everyday personal hygiene, from baby diapers to feminine hygiene products and incontinence care, certified renewable Bornewables polymers from Borealis help manufacturers combine efficient processability with benefits for the climate.
PFNonwovens Holding s.r.o. (PFN), Prague/Czech Republic, teamed up with Borealis AG, Vienna/Austria, to enhance their production of nonwovens for the personal hygiene market using Bornewables polypropylene (PP) resins for spunbond and meltblown solutions.
»Using the Borealis Bornewables instead of standard fossil-based resins will significantly reduce the carbon footprint, even enabling products with a carbon footprint under zero.«
Tonny De Beer, Chief Product, Technology & Sustainability Officer, PFNonwovens Group
Bornewables can be used as direct drop-in replacements for comparable fossil-based polyolefins. In PFN’s nonwovens production, they required no changes to the existing manufacturing process while delivering the same high quality and performance as previous non-renewable virgin materials.
On the road to circularity, the Bornewables PP used by PFN is made with second-generation raw material feedstock derived entirely from waste and residue vegetable oil streams. The renewable content in all Bornewables products is mass balance accredited under the ISCC (International Sustainability and Carbon Certification) PLUS certification standard, confirming their authenticity and fully transparent traceability from the raw materials to the finished products.
Borealis adopted the mass balance approach for its renewable and chemically recycled polymers to provide products addressing climate change and circularity. The mass balance approach allows manufacturers to trace the exact share of sustainable feedstock allocated to their products, and the ISCC Plus certificates are audited annually to ensure that all requirements are met. Mass balancing makes it possible for customers to meet ambitious sustainability targets and stay on top of changing legislation. For PFN this means that for every ton of certified Bornewables PP used in production, a maximum equivalent amount of nonwovens can be claimed as certified renewable.