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Nonwoven benefits with new Ingeo 6500D

Delivering enhanced fluid management, improved tensile strength and up to a 40% increase in softness.

17th April 2023

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Plymouth, MN, USA

Medical/Hygiene, Sustainable

NatureWorks, headquartered in Plymouth, Minnesota, is introducing a new Ingeo biopolymer for improved softness and strength in biobased nonwovens for hygiene applications.

Ingeo 6500D offers increased softness and strength as well as improved fluid management when combined with optimised hydrophilic surface finish technology. As a certified renewably sourced, low carbon and biobased material, Ingeo 6500D also meets the growing demand from brands and consumers for products made from more sustainable materials.

“Building on our expertise in biobased nonwovens, we have developed a product that, based on our rigorous testing, can improve the softness of spunbound nonwovens by 40% over nonwovens made with generic PLA,” says Robert Green, VP of Performance Polymers, at NatureWorks. “The tensile strength of the new Ingeo solution offers improved processing for converters for efficient low basis weight fabric production on the latest generation of spunbond equipment. We are looking forward to collaborating with the supply chain as we continue development of this new Ingeo solution in nonwoven applications, including diapers and wipes.”

When combined with tailored topical treatments developed in partnership with fibre lubricant manufacturer Goulston Technologies, the result is lighter, thinner absorbent hygiene products that offer improved fluid management and breathability for better skin health. Ingeo’s inherent hydrophilic properties also result in nonwovens that require less surface finish and have better durability compared to polypropylene. Significant improvements are also seen in both the soak surface tension results and the multiple strike performance.

 Ingeo biopolymer has a 62% smaller carbon footprint than polypropylene from its manufacturing alone, offering a low carbon alternative to petrochemical based materials. Making Ingeo begins when plants capture and sequester CO2, transforming it into long-chain sugar molecules. NatureWorks then ferments the sugars to make lactic acid, which becomes the building block of a wide array of high-performance materials under the Ingeo brand.

NatureWorks will have samples of Ingeo 6500D in spunbond nonwovens on display at upcoming tradeshows including INDEX, from April 18-21, at stand1510, and Chinaplas, from April 17-20 at stand  20A01.

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