PFNonwovens Partners with Smart Plastic Technologies – Nonwovens Industry Magazine

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 nonwoven healthcare and medical products.

Tonny de Beer, Director of Product, Technology and Sustainability at PFNonwovens comments: “We are very pleased with this joint development partnership with Smart Plastic Technologies. Our early work together has already shown that we can use Eclipse bio-assimilation technology on pilot-scale equipment. Our goal now is to optimize the formulation of nonwovens to ensure performance and meet end-of-life goals. Nonwoven fabrics have become an essential part of everyday life, and this technology has the makings of a revolutionary solution. Diapers, feminine care and adult incontinence products are integral to how we take care of ourselves and each other. The pandemic has once again reinforced how nonwoven gowns and masks save and protect lives. At the same time, it is imperative to find better solutions to deal with post-use nonwoven waste and the associated environmental issues. We envision that SPTek ECLIPSE™ nonwovens will be a high impact solution.

Jay Tapp, President and COO of Smart Plastic, adds, “Smart Plastic and PFNonwovens are aligned on developing environmentally friendly solutions as we move to a more sustainable economy. SPTek ECLIPSE bio-assimilation is a proven technology that has been used commercially in several industries in the United States and around the world to significantly reduce the impact of plastic 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 harm to the environment.

SPTek ECLIPSE enables the bio-assimilation of polypropylene and polyethylene polymers at the end of a product’s guaranteed life in land, marine and landfill environments. The revolutionary ECLIPSE™ bio-assimilation technology regularly reduces and modifies the polymer chains to allow the assimilation of these molecules by micro-organisms, transforming the material into biomass, CO2 and water. The technology is FDA approved, 100% recyclable and has already been commercialized by Smart Plastic Technologies in various industries.

Tim Murtaugh, CEO and Founder of Smart Plastic Technologies, also comments, “We are very excited to partner with leading companies like PFNonwovens on our journey to create a legacy of true global sustainability. We are delighted to have the opportunity to establish a strong working relationship with one of the world’s leading manufacturers of sophisticated nonwovens.