Czech Republic’s PFNonwovens and Smart Plastic Technologies have signed an exclusive joint development agreement for the use of Smart Plastic’s patent-pending SPTek Eclipse technology in PFNonwovens’ hygiene and medical nonwoven products. PFNonwovens is a leading global producer of customised nonwoven fabrics to make products.
Smart Plastic’s SPTek Eclipse enables the bio-assimilation of polypropylene and polyethylene polymers at the end of a product’s guaranteed life span in terrestrial, marine, and landfill environments. The revolutionary Eclipse bio-assimilation technology steadily reduces and modifies the polymer chains to enable the assimilation of these molecules by microorganisms, transforming the material into biomass, CO2, and water. The technology is FDA approved, 100 per cent recyclable, and has already been commercialised by Smart Plastic Technologies in various industries.
“We are very excited for this joint development partnership with Smart Plastic Technologies. Our initial work together has already shown that we can use the Eclipse bio-assimilation technology on pilot-scale equipment. Now, our focus is to optimise the formulation for nonwovens to ensure performance and meet end-of-life goals. Nonwoven fabrics have become a critical part of everyday life, and this technology has the makings of a breakthrough solution. Diapers, fem care and adult incontinence products are integral to how we care for ourselves and for each other. The pandemic has reinforced once again how nonwoven gowns and face masks save and protect lives. At the same time, it is imperative to find better solutions to deal with the post-use nonwoven waste and associated environmental problems. We envision that SPTek ECLIPSE enabled nonwovens will be a high-impact solution,” Tonny de Beer, chief product, technology and sustainability officer of PFNonwovens, said in a statement.
Czech Republic’s PFNonwovens and Smart Plastic Technologies have announced that they have signed an exclusive joint development agreement for the use of Smart Plastic’s patent-pending SPTek Eclipse technology in PFNonwovens’ hygiene and medical nonwoven products. PFNonwovens is a leading global producer of customised nonwoven fabrics to make products.
“Smart Plastic and PFNonwovens are aligned on developing environmentally-responsible solutions as we transition to a more sustainable economy. SPTek Eclipse bio-assimilation is a proven technology that has been used commercially across several industries both in the USA and around the world to significantly reduce the impact plastic has on the environment. Our strategic partnership with PFNonwovens represents an important step in Smart Plastic’s mission to reduce plastic waste and help prevent further damage to the environment,” Jay Tapp, president and COO of Smart Plastic, said.
“We are very pleased to join forces with leading companies like PFNonwovens on our journey to create a legacy of true global sustainability. We are delighted to have an opportunity to build a strong working relationship with one of the world’s leading manufacturers of sophisticated nonwovens,” Tim Murtaugh, CEO and founder of Smart Plastic Technologies, said.
Fibre2Fashion News Desk (GK)