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Natural alternative for SharpCell nonwovens

Binders based on raw materials from food industry side streams such as wheat, corn, lemons and shrimp shells.

18th April 2023

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Finland

Medical/Hygiene, Sustainable

Finland’s SharpCell and OrganoClick of Sweden have collaborated for more than five years on the development of a new airlaid material.

OrganoClick’s biobased binder, which replaces the fossil-based binder in the traditional material, is made of raw materials originating from side streams in the food industry such as wheat, corn, lemons and shrimp shells.

The SharpCell airlaid material has the potential to replace over 1,000 tons of fossil-based binder annually when fully implemented at the company’s production plant, while keeping the soft hand-feel and textile-like look of a conventional airlaid material.

“Our vision is to be at the leading edge of sustainability, and we are very happy with this collaboration with OrganoClick,” said SharpCell CEO Pekka Pollari. “The best solutions are found in good co-operation with customers and partners. Through active product development we can come up with applications that fulfil even the most demanding requirements.”

With an annual production capacity of 12,000 tons of airlaid nonwovens at its plant in Kausala, southern Finland, SharpCell’s products are mainly exported throughout Europe to brand owners and converters of premium napkins and tabletop articles, wipes and personal hygiene products.

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