Newsline-National | November 2018
Lenzing introduces new VEOCELT Lyocell fibres for eco-responsible flushable wipes
The Lenzing Group (Lenzing) has announced the launch of a new VEOCEL™ Lyocell fibre with Eco Disperse technology, which is designed for use in flushable wipes. This new fibre demonstrates enhanced biological disintegration performance. The inclusion of this new fibre enables more diverse design opportunities while providing exemplary wet strength and disintegration performance. Versatile and tailor-made for daily care routines, the new VEOCEL™ Lyocell fibre with Lenzing’s Eco Disperse technology offers optimised flushability and represents the most advanced fibre under the VEOCEL™ brand portfolio.
With botanic origin, all VEOCEL™ Lyocell fibres with Eco Disperse technology feature strong wet strength, biodegradability and effective liquid management. These cellulosic fibres come in cut lengths of 8 mm to 12 mm, and are versatile for blending ratios of 20% - 40% in most wetlaid processing technologies. Nonwoven products featuring a blend containing any of the VEOCEL™ Lyocell fibres with Eco Disperse technology and wood pulp have been certified as “fully flushable” per INDA/EDANA[] Guidelines for Assessing the Flushability of Disposable Nonwoven Products issued in May 2018, after passing seven rigorous industrial tests.
“Flushability” is not only a hot topic among media, regulators and the nonwoven industry value chain, but also a growing social issue that impacts the sewer infrastructure in communities around the world. The introduction of VEOCEL™ Lyocell fibres with Eco Disperse technology is a positive example of Lenzing’s advocacy for the adoption of more sustainable alternatives in the nonwoven industry value chain and meets the various product and performance requirements across different core markets. While non-biodegradable synthetic fibres (e.g. polyester) are the most common blending fibres in today’s nonwoven fabrics for wipes applications, the versatility of VEOCEL™ fibres offer a sustainable and botanic alternative to synthetic materials.