SABIC, Fibertex Personal Care offer nonwovens using recycled plastics

The nonwoven range for the hygiene industry will feature SABIC’s circular polypropylene.

Mikael Staal Axelsen, group CEO of Fibertex, and Mette Due Søgaard, sustainability director of Fibertex, look at ISCC Plus certified nonwovens.

Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (SABIC), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, has announced that it is collaborating with Fibertex Personal Care, a Denmark-based manufacturer of spunbond nonwovens for the hygiene industry, to create a range of nonwovens using high-purity recycled plastics from SABIC’s TruCircle portfolio and services. In a news release, SABIC reports that this will be the first nonwoven range based on recycled plastics in the hygiene industry.

The nonwovens will be made from SABIC’s circular polypropylene (PP), using feedstock derived from previously used plastics, certified under the International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC) Plus system. SABIC says the material is part of its SABIC PureCares portfolio of PP for personal hygiene applications that was introduced earlier this year. The certified circular PP material produced by SABIC is created for postconsumer mixed plastics that have been broken down into molecular building blocks and then repolymerized to create virgin plastics. The new material can be used as a drop-in solution while meeting the brand owner’s requirements for purity and consumer safety for hygiene industry applications.

SABIC says it applies a “mass balance” approach to polymers offered as part of its TruCircle portfolio and services, which span design for recyclability, mechanically recycled products, certified circular products from feedstock recycling of used plastics and certified renewables products from biobased feedstock. The company reports that the ISCC Plus certification verifies that mass balance accounting follows predefined and transparent rules. In addition, it provides traceability along the supply chain, from the feedstock to the final product.  

Fibertex Personal Care will provide certified circular nonwovens to its customers with its Comfort, Elite, Dual and Loft product range. These certified nonwovens can be adopted in downstream processes, without compromising convertibility, product properties or performance of the final product.

“This is an important step forward in supporting our sustainable strategy and important step in development and expansion of a supply chain for biobased and circular polymers. SABIC’s TruCircle initiative makes this possible,” says Mikael Staal Axelsen, group CEO of Fibertex Personal Care. “We are proud to cooperate with SABIC in developing the first circular nonwovens for the hygiene market.”