Veocel is a new brand from Lenzing Group for all nonwoven applications. Like mentioned above the US, Europe, Japan, and China are our major markets. The nonwovens business is very different from the textile one. If you buy a wipe or a sheet mask in China, it is highly possible it is made in China.
There are clear regulations concerning this in the US and the EU at least. You need to pass a series of seven tests to reach flushability level and to be able to claim that your product is flushable. These groups of tests were launch by INDA and EDANA together in the US and Europe under what is referred to as - GD4. This gives a guideline to players in the flushable nonwovens market. The application requires to meet two targets. One is to be able to do the cleaning job and the other is to disintegrate completely while flushed without blocking the sewage systems. This was a tricky thing and took us a while to develop such a product. The fibres used here, also called shortcuts, are much shorter than the usual. The usual fibres are 40 mm long while shortcuts are 10 mm or shorter. According to the GD4 guideline flushable nonwovens require to use 100 per cent biodegradable fibres. (HO)
DISCLAIMER: All views and opinions expressed in this column are solely of the interviewee, and they do not reflect in any way the opinion of technicaltextile.net.