rpt-waste not, want not: p&g venture aims to squeeze new life out of italy's dirty diapers - where to buy super absorbent polymer
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A joint venture between P & G and Angelini, an Italian medical group, is working to create a sustainable recycling cycle that allows dirty diapers to become plastic caps and viscose garments.
More than 20 million tons of disposable diapers are burned or dumped in landfill sites every year around the world.
It has been a major environmental issue since they were widely used in the 1960 and 1970 s.
Part of the problem is to collect, clean and break down diapers into their components --
Plastic, cellulose and super absorbent polymer
It's tricky and expensive.
The other problem is, no.
People have been able to build a market for recycled products, which has failed previous business efforts.
Fater in Pescara, Italy
The head office, which became a joint venture in 1992, believes that with the support of the government, it will be able to address these problems, and a new global awareness of the plastic pollution crisis has prompted consumers and other companies to take action.
In particular, the new Italian government will seek a "circular economy" solution as a pillar of its populist agenda.
"Diapers are made of the highest quality plastic and we have shown that they can be recycled to extract high quality plastic
"This is the cornerstone of value," said Marcello Somma, director of R & D and business development at Fater . ".
For Procter & Gamble, the world's leading diaper maker, Fater has a nearly 27% share of the $44 billion diaper market and is one of the biggest contributors to this issue.
P & G's goal is to recover absorbent health products (AHP)
According to the latest Agenda for Sustainable Development, diapers, pad and women's health products are already known in 10 cities by 2030.
In the long run, it wants to use 100% renewable or recycled materials in all products and packaging.
Roberto marionucci, vice president of Procter & Gamble's global baby wipes, sustainability and joint ventures, has yet to determine whether consumers are willing to pay extra for diapers they know will be recycled, but it is clear that, they want brands to care about the environment.
"We think the first reason, that is, to do the right thing for consumers, is enough to convince us to continue the project," Marinucci said in an interview . ".
According to EU regulations, Fater cannot sell the production of diaper recycling business located near Venice until it is proved to have a market.
To this end, the company has been working on potential customers and has now signed 11 letters of intent with enterprises such as bio-plastic manufacturers and paper mills.
P & G is also part of the EU
A support team of 13 companies to develop end products for output.
They include Novamont, a bioplastic manufacturer that can make pharmaceutical ingredients using cellulose.
Plastic from recycled diapers can be used to make school tables and city playgrounds, and cellulose can be viscose or specialty paper or super, Fater said
Absorbent polymers can be used for gardening and flood control barriers.
Marinucci said P & G did not plan to use Fater's products in diapers, including Pampers and Luvs, until it completed consumer research into the idea.
During this period, the company may use plastic for caps, he said.
Marinucci said the biggest delay in the project was regulation, but he predicted that the project would be approved by the EU in the next 12 months.
At the same time, after several years of development, Fater's factory is in its 10,000-
Provide samples and build tons of annual capacity in stock.
The plant is expected to generate an annual revenue equivalent to 50% of its mechanical costs, Marinucci said.
"We are trying --
"The assumptions are based, but they are still assumptions," he said . ".
It can be extended if it works.
When China announced last year that it would stop importing foreign waste, the government's efforts to tackle the problem of plastic pollution became even more urgent.
China took 7 in 2016.
3 million tons of waste plastic
56% of the world's total imports.
Fater is not the first person to try to recycle diapers. UK-
The Norst-based company was forced to close 70,000 tons. per-
In 2007, at a one-year recycling plant in the Netherlands, a new incinerator surpassed it in cost and was unable to find a market for the final product.
Efforts to open another plant have so far failed, but Knowaste continues to invest in technology and is now considering building a plant in the Middle East.
"We are far ahead of the curve, maybe going too fast.
But now the market has shown obvious signs of maturity . "
The patent process for Fater starts with the local waste management utility, Contarina SpA, the company collects old diapers and others from roadside bins or hospitals from more than 50 local towns and other large users who ship them into 1,000-sq metre plant.
After using human waste that comes into contact with steam dry cleaning diapers and processes waste treatment plants, a ton of analytic hierarchy process waste can produce 150 kg of cellulose, 75 kg of the absorbing material and 75 kg of the mixed plastic.
From the end of 2020, a small-
The scale bio-refinery in Amsterdam will be able to process the recycled secondary raw materials and convert them into bio-
Basic products such as biodegradable plastics and bio-fertilizers.
Guy Schanschieff founder, United Kingdom
Based on the reusable diaper brand Bambino Mio said he has seen others try to recycle diapers over the years.
On the one hand, busy parents can't always put diapers in the bins they need, he says.
"At the end of the day, it's a one-time product that gets thrown away," said Schanschieff, who is also chairman of the diaper Union trading group.
"It's always the best thing not to make waste at first. ” (
Other reports from Richa Naidu, editor of Sonya Hepinstall in Chicago)