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INDA announces Hygienix Innovation Award finalists

The winner will be selected and announced at Hygienix, The Premier Event for the Absorbent Hygiene and Personal Care Markets.

8th September 2016

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Cary, NC


Banana fibre-based feminine pads, stretchable adhesives for disposable underwear, and facial exfoliating cushions have been announced as the top three contenders selected for their novelty, uniqueness, and technical sophistication as finalists for INDA’s prestigious Hygienix Innovation Award.

INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, announced the following products are in the running for the annual award: Kimberly-Clark Corporation’s Kleenex Exfoliating Cushions; H.B. Fuller’s Conforma Adhesive; and Sustainable Health Enterprise’s (SHE) Go! Pads.  

Banana fibre-based feminine Go! Pads. © INDA

The winner will be selected and announced at Hygienix, The Premier Event for the Absorbent Hygiene and Personal Care Markets, which takes place from 24-27 October, at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel in Orlando, FL.


Conforma Adhesive, a unique, stretchable adhesive, can be used in place of elastomerics to create a stretch feature in disposable absorbent products. It is said to open up new opportunities for manufacturers to design the next generation of more underwear-like, all-over stretchable incontinence products.

Using patented technology developed by SHE to make an absorbent core from banana tree agricultural waste, Go! Pads are designed to maintain superior absorption without using any chemicals and super-absorbent polymers. SHE employs hundreds of local women through local sourcing of banana fibres and pad production while delivering an affordable product to girls, primarily in East Africa, who normally wouldn't be able to afford pads causing significant costs to their education, health, productivity, and dignity.

Kleenex facial exfoliating cushions. © INDA

Kleenex Exfoliating Cushions combine multiple layers of nonwovens—each specially engineered to deliver a specific benefit—into a novel, versatile facial cleansing tool. The result is a dual-sided cushion with one side that gently exfoliates with a textured nonwoven and a second side with a buffing texture printed on a nonwoven to smooth and polish skin.  Inside the cushion a water activated cleanser creates a rich lather which is released through purposefully designed apertures on the exfoliating side which also allow the user to control the amount of exfoliation depending on the area of the cushion used. 

Sophistication and creativity

“This year’s finalists were selected from many nominations received across the entire spectrum of absorbent hygiene and personal care products. These products demonstrate the high level of sophistication and creativity in our markets today,” said Dave Rousse, INDA’s President.

Conforma Adhesives for disposable underwear. © INDA

“The finalists truly are the best of the best for expanding the use of nonwovens into new and exciting application areas. These leading companies raise the bar of excellence for all of us. Presenting the award is always an event highlight and this year won’t disappoint.”

Technologies and innovations

In its debut last year, Hygienix attracted over 600 leading professionals and excitement is mounting for a repeat strong turnout. Over three-and-a-half days, the newest and latest technologies, innovations, and advancements in this important and growing nonwovens segment will be spotlighted at Hygienix.

Each finalist will make a short presentation on 25 October on how their product best meets the award criteria. The winner will be chosen by the Hygienix Conference participants, INDA’s Technical Advisory Board, and the Hygienix Conference Planning Committee.

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