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COLOGNE – The latest developments employing Algaeing’s patented algae bio-based formulations for colorants and fibres were exhibited at the recent Filtech 2023 by spunbond and meltblown nonwovens manufacturer Avgol.

Algaeing’s technologies utilise various sustainably sourced, vertically farmed algae species to produce a wide range of appealing colours, many of which replicate those used in specific nonwoven fabrics today.

“Since entering our partnership with Algaeing in 2020, our R&D team has enjoyed tremendous success with the colorant technology in proof of concept and prototyping phases and we are excited to present the materials as we enter the next stages of the product introduction pipeline,” said Avgol CEO Tommi Bjornman. “The benefits of using an algae bio-source go far beyond the removal of chemically synthesised colorants, and include synergistic benefits of vastly reduced water consumption, chemical and fertilizer use and carbon dioxide emissions.

“Following an extensive development path, the fibres both absorb and retain a range of colours such as vibrant greens and blues – and we can even deliver a ‘heathered’ appearance for a more natural looking material – all without affecting the filtration, barrier quality or feel of the final product.”

“We’re very excited that our partnership with Avgol has led to an entirely new category of products at record speed,” added Renana Krebs, CEO and co-founder at Algaeing. “Our ready-to-implement algae-based innovations were customised to Avgol’s unique requirements and our plug and play solutions made it possible to be first to market.”

“The benefits of Algaeing’s technology also fit well with our desire for materials that are more readily recyclable and biodegradable,” said Bjornman. “Having an organic colorant that is fully biodegradable and has no negative impact when released into the environment if undergoing biodegradation, supports polyolefins as future-proof resins.

“Avgol is building a portfolio of products and materials to offer 100 per cent sustainable end-products for hygiene, medical, PPE and industrial applications. Our continued collaborations and links with other companies which have a drive towards the future and round out our offering is critical for supporting our vision.”


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