In recent years, the demand for sustainable development of the hygiene products industry has gradually become prominent. Upstream raw material suppliers have actively responded to the market demand, reduced the ration of materials such as non-woven fabrics and films, reduced the consumption of resources, and actively developed sustainable and natural materials, such as can Degradable cotton spunlace nonwovens, PLA nonwovens, degradable PE films, etc., promote the sustainable development of upstream and downstream industries.
As one of the main raw materials for hygiene products, non-woven fabric suppliers are constantly developing new processes based on market demand to promote the continuous upgrading of products in terms of safety, environmental protection and health.
In the past, non-woven fabrics have been mainly made of chemical fibers. In order to achieve better environmental benefits, the application of natural fibers has gradually increased, such as cotton, wood pulp fibers, silk fibers, bamboo fibers, corn fibers and chitosan fibers. Not only does it reduce the use of fossil raw materials, but the material is also biodegradable, reducing its impact on the environment.
hot melt adhesive
Hygiene hot melt adhesive suppliers have also made a lot of innovations in terms of environmental protection and sustainability, and are developing towards low odor, low melting point, and bio-based materials.
Low temperature, high performance hot melt adhesives reduce the energy required in the production process through lower operating temperatures and better bonding properties. Bio-based adhesives use some biopolymers, which can be better degraded after use; some adhesives use natural gas extracts instead of petroleum-based raw materials, which relieves the supply pressure of petroleum raw materials and better achieves sustainable resource utilization.
Thin film material
Thin film materials are developing in the direction of reducing solvent residues and being more environmentally friendly. For example, the use of fully degradable polylactic acid resin film materials in disposable products can simplify the way of garbage disposal and reduce the pollution to the environment. In addition, some suppliers directly press stripe patterns in the production process of cast film to replace traditional printing patterns, and the production process is more environmentally friendly.
Super Absorbent Resin (SAP)
In addition to the improvement in safety and absorption performance, SAP materials also strive to develop in the direction of environmental protection and sustainability. Some suppliers have developed bio-based environmentally friendly SAP, which can be naturally decomposed by microorganisms, meeting consumers' demands for green products.
Product packaging is innovating in terms of printing inks and materials used, and is gradually developing in the direction of being safer, environmentally friendly, odor-free, and low-residue. Green packaging must meet the conditions of packaging reduction, use of recycled materials as much as possible, packaging waste degradable, and packaging materials that are non-toxic and harmless to humans and organisms.
Ink is an important raw material for packaging material printing, which expresses patterns and characters on the substrate through printing. Now, many suppliers use water-based inks and low-solvent inks for printing in packaging materials, and use benzene-free processes, which are odor-free, residue-free, and safer and environmentally friendly. Some suppliers use natural materials such as cornstarch to produce packaging films, making the material naturally degradable.
The antiseptic fungicide using plant-based materials is compounded by plant extracts, which is natural and safe.
——Excerpted from "Sustainable Development Report of Hygiene Products Industry" (First Edition)