KELHEIM - Viscose specialist Kelheim Fibres has outlined the sustainable and safety benefits of its latest solutions for the feminine hygiene pads
According to Kelheim, its premium tampon fibre Galaxy has proven effective in sanitary pads with the ability to substitute up to 70% of the synthetics in the ADL (Acquisition-Distribution-Layers).
The amount of feminine hygiene waste is enormous, the company says, and, because the synthetic components are not bio-degradable, the time it takes for these products to degrade is hundreds of years longer than the lifespan of the woman who used it.
"The viscose hygiene fibres from Kelheim offer significant ecologic advantages," the company says. "They are made from cellulose, which means they are based on renewable wood and they are fully biodegradable. These fibres are manufactured exclusively in Germany, in one of the most environmentally friendly plants worldwide."
The use of Galaxy fibres in sanitary pads is also said to offer further benefits such as excellent wicking and absorption capacity as it conducts liquids quickly and efficiently away from the body and leaves a pleasant feeling on the skin. Galaxy also helps to distribute the liquid evenly in the absorbent core enhancing the overall performance of the pad.
In comparison to other sustainable and conventional (synthetic) materials Galaxy is also said to offer faster acquisition, lower rewetting and enhanced distribution.
“Plastic must disappear from these single-use products," says Dominik Mayer from the Kelheim'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. Our advantage – as well as the functionality of our patented Galaxy fibre, Kelheim Fibres has been a renowned partner of the hygiene industry for decades; our production fulfills the highest hygiene requirements. We offer our customers fibres that are ideally suited for the specific needs of their products and their processes.”