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German Albaad Group to produce sustainable fabric from natural fibres

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Apr '21
Pic: Albaad Group
Pic: Albaad Group
The Albaad Group, a European market leader of nonwovens and wet wipes, is investing to produce a sustainable fabric, to be made entirely from natural fibres, biodegradable, fully flushable and plastic-free. The market launch of the new fabric is expected in 2023. The group is investing around 50 million euros to improve environmentally friendly nonwovens.

Today, most wet wipe products such as cosmetics, baby care and cleaning wipes are made of synthetic fibres. This poses a major challenge to wastewater systems. When improperly disposed of, the tear-resistant wipes made of viscose-polyester fibres can be problematic and damaging. Products that are not biodegradable and flushable are a burden on the environment.

“As one of the world’s largest producers of wet wipes and nonwovens, we at Albaad understand and embrace the importance of innovation as an engine that drives growth and we are committed to delivering eco-friendly products of the highest quality in order to create a better world for us to live in,” says Albaad CEO Dan Mesika.

By establishing the new sustainable nonwoven product line, Albaad aims not only to make an active contribution to the environment, but also to meet growing customer demand for environmentally friendly alternatives. The new nonwoven material will be used in all of the manufacturer's product categories, including moist toilet paper, wet wipes for baby care and feminine hygiene, household wipes and personal care wipes. “The material will be plastic-free and biodegradable, as it will be made only from natural fibres. However, the quality of the product will definitely not be neglected,” Mesika emphasises. “This makes Albaad one of the first wet wipes companies in the world to be fully integrated with a range of environment friendly products growth through sustainable innovation.”

The new product line is being developed using an innovative technology from the nonwovens industry. By using this technology, Albaad aims to further optimise its capabilities and competencies in the development of sustainable products. The new nonwoven will be manufactured at the company's production site in Israel and shipped to all its sites worldwide. In the future, not only consumers will benefit from more choice when shopping, but the expansion of the product range will also create additional employment at Albaad. “Innovations are a significant source of corporate growth and value creation. We are therefore convinced that this investment will quickly pay off,” says Mesika. The company expects to launch the new nonwoven in 2023.

Fibre2Fashion News Desk (SV)

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