Wood-based alternative: feminine hygiene fibers from Kelheim

Wood-based alternative: feminine hygiene fibers from Kelheim

February 18, 2020
Press Release: Kelheim Fibres

Kelheim’s premium tampon fiber Galaxy has proven effective in sanitary pads and can substitute up to 70% of the synthetics in ADL (Acquisition-Distribution-Layers) in feminine hygiene pads

The amount of feminine hygiene waste is enormous – and often the time it takes for these products to degrade is hundreds of years longer than the lifespan of the woman who used it, because the synthetic components are not biodegradable. Changing consumer behavior drives the need for environmentally friendly – yet safe – alternatives.

The viscose hygiene fibers from Kelheim offer significant ecologic advantages: they are made from cellulose, which means they are based on renewable wood and are fully biodegradable.

These fibers are manufactured exclusively in Germany, in one of the most environmentally friendly plants worldwide.

Galaxy in sanitary pads offers not only a benefit for the environment. Due to its excellent wicking and absorption capacity, it conducts liquids quickly and efficiently away from the body and leaves a pleasant feeling on the skin – in other words, it does exactly what the ADL layer is made for. In addition, Galaxy helps to distribute the liquid evenly in the absorbent core enhancing so the overall performance of the pad.

In comparison to other sustainable and conventional (synthetic) materials Galaxy excels by faster acquisition, lower rewetting and enhanced distribution.

“Plastic must disappear from these single-use products,” commented Dominik Mayer from the Bavarian fiber expert’s R&D team. “The substitution of single synthetic components in sanitary pads is the first step. Down the road, we want to offer a completely bio-based solution for sanitary pads and for various other hygiene applications.”

Plastic Free World Conference & Expo 2020 will take place at Cologne Messe, Germany, on Tuesday 16 June and Wednesday 17 June. To register for this highly focused, solutions-driven event, please click here. For sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, please email peter@trans-globalevents.com


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