Home / Knowledge / News / Textiles / Nonwovens sector initiates on efficient flushability of products
Nonwovens sector initiates on efficient flushability of products
23
Jun '08
Two international industry associations representing companies involved in the global manufacture of hygiene products containing nonwoven textiles have combined forces to launch guidelines for manufacturers to use in determining if their products are suitable for disposal via the wastewater system.

The Guidance Document on the Flushability of Nonwoven Consumer Products, published by INDA and EDANA, represents the first ever initiative to provide companies with a comprehensive framework for testing products to determine their flushability. It reflects the industry's commitment to responsible use and disposal of the products it makes and distributes.

Speaking at the launch of the Guidance Document at the World of Wipes Conference in Chicago, Illinois, USA, Rory Holmes, President of INDA, said, “An increasingly diverse range of disposable hygiene products is now available for consumer use in the home.

Some, which address public health and hygiene considerations, may best be disposed of via the toilet. It is important to ensure that such products can be disposed of in this way without causing problems.”

“To date there has been no consistent approach for assessing what constitutes a 'flushable' nonwoven consumer product. This lack of consistency can lead to confusion and a higher risk that products which were never intended to be flushable are disposed via the wastewater system,” said Pierre Wiertz, General Manager of EDANA.

The document is the culmination of a three year program of work sponsored by the two industry associations. Technical experts from member companies pooled their own company expertise and drew on the advice and knowledge of experts in academia, consultant engineering and the wastewater industry to develop the recommended approach.

It is a First Edition document which will be updated over time, in partnership with the wastewater industry and associated bodies, as new information comes to hand and new technologies emerge.

Pilot testing of the approach took place over a 12-month period, so that the test methods could be trialed in independent laboratories and could be further refined.

A peer review was also undertaken to ensure that the Guidance Document reflected the best available knowledge and thinking on the subject. The peer review panel endorsed the document as a sound first step.

“Providing technical guidance on what constitutes a flushable product is critical to ensuring compatibility of products with wastewater collection and treatment systems,” said Rory Holmes.

“Between INDA and EDANA, we represent over 90 percent of the total volume of nonwoven consumer products on the market in North America and Europe.

We will encourage all our members to use this flushability assessment approach with the goal that before long the Guidance Document will be the industry norm for assessing the flushability of nonwoven consumer products.”

“The development of the Guidance Document is one aspect of the industry's work in this important area,” said Pierre Wiertz.

“Concise, clear and consistent communications about whether products should be flushed down the toilet is equally important.

Our members have agreed to develop a universal symbol for on-pack labelling which will provide consumers with at-a-glance information about whether the product is appropriate for disposal via the wastewater system.”

INDA - Association of Non Woven Fabrics Industry

Must ReadView All

Apparel/Garments | On 18th Feb 2017

Bangladesh apparel sector has 95% local investors: BGMEA

Over 95 per cent of the total investors in the Bangladesh apparel...

Textiles | On 18th Feb 2017

Smriti Irani resolves cutting of carpets issue at ports

During a meeting held with stake holders of the carpet weaving...

Apparel/Garments | On 18th Feb 2017

Andhra Pradesh inks MoUs to set up 12 apparel units

At the recent CII Partnership Summit held in Hyderabad, memorandum of ...

Interviews View All

Kamlesh Vaghela
RK Textiles

Very few machinery manufacturers have R&D units

Claudia Kersten
Global Organic Textile Standard

‘GOTS is a very efficient supply chain management tool, especially for...

Prabu Mohanram
Balavigna Weaving Mills Pvt Ltd

The biggest challenge that the weaving industry faces is high price

Lynda Kelly
Suominen Corporation

Suominen Corporation is a manufacturer of nonwovens as roll goods for...

Johan Berlin
InvestKonsult Sweden AB

Investkonsult Sweden AB has been buying and selling second-hand textile...

Iago Castro Asensio
RCfil Distribuciones S.L.

Iago Castro Asensio, International Business Manager of RCfil...

Judy Frater
Somaiya Kala Vidya

Among the many honours showered on Frater, including Fulbright and Ford...

Robert Brunner
Devereux

Golfwear and menswear brand Devereux is set for greener pastures. Robert...

Prathyusha Garimella
Prathyusha Garimella

Hyderabad-based designer Prathyusha Garimella is known for blending...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


editorial@fibre2fashion.com

Letter To Editor






(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies





SEARCH
February 2017

February 2017

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.

SUBSCRIBE


Browse Our Archives

GO


eNEWS
Insights
Subscribe today and get the latest News update in your mail box.
Advanced Search