INDA : RISE Innovation Awards finalists annou...
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RISE Innovation Awards finalists announced

The finalists of the 2022 RISE Innovation Award (Source: INDA)
The finalists of the 2022 RISE Innovation Award (Source: INDA)

The finalists of the 2022 RISE Innovation Award will present their innovative material science solutions in recycling and sustainability during the 12th edition of the Research, Innovation & Science for Engineered Fabrics Conference (RISE) on September 27-28, 2022 at North Carolina State University (NCSU) in Raleigh, NC/USA.  The award recognizes novel innovations within and on the periphery of the nonwovens industry that creatively use next-level science and engineering principles to solve material challenges and expand the usage of nonwovens and engineered fabrics.

The Technical Advisory Board of the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, INDA, Cary, NC/USA, selected 3 finalists from among 12 nominations:

Cat Litter Made from Recycled Nappies – DiaperRecycle

DiaperRecycle has developed technology to recycle used diapers into cat litter. The aim of the company is to make an environmental impact and decrease the climate changing emissions of diaper waste. They are diverting used diapers (used in households and businesses such as elder care) from landfill, separating the plastic and fiber and making cat litter. The plastic is prepared for recycling by plastics recyclers. The cat litter product is made by DiaperRecycle from the super absorbent fiber of diapers. It is highly absorbent and flushable.

Biodegradable Diaper Components – Gottlieb Binder GmbH & Co. KG

Together, Avgol and Binder take on the challenge of disposable absorbent articles for the good of future generations and came up with sustainable diaper components. The technologies used are based on biotransformation technology, which makes it possible to achieve more sustainable products by supporting recycling and providing an alternative route for non-recyclable/fugitive waste management.

sero hemp fibers – Bast Fibre Technologies, Inc.

Bast Fibre Technologies’ sero hemp fibers offer the nonwoven industry an all-natural substitute for plastic fibers. From dedicated European- and US-based production facilities, BFT transforms raw bast fibers into premium natural fibers for applications ranging from single-use and durable wipes to industrial applications. Suitable for minority or majority blends, sero hemp combines easily with standard nonwoven fibers to produce fabrics that meet the industry requirements for strength, uniformity, and processing efficiency.

RISE conference attendees, technology scouts and product developers in the nonwoven/engineered fabrics industry seeking new developments to advance their businesses, will electronically vote for the recipient of the 2022 RISE Innovation Award. The winner will be announced September 28, 2022.

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