Wednesday, November 17
11:00 am - 11:50 am
Reimagining Feminine Hygiene Products with Novel Materials
Product sustainability and comfort-in-use are two emerging trends customers are seeking for in the feminine hygiene market. Glatfelter, a major material provider in the feminine hygiene category, has developed novel solutions to address both these needs. The broad portfolio of sustainable nonwoven technologies – wetlaid, airlaid, and spunlace, that Glatfelter brings to materials, uniquely positions them to develop novel hybrid products.
The first material presented is a feminine hygiene absorbent core in which a fibrous cellulosic nonwoven is combined with a porous foam structure. The resulting material has resiliency of a foam structure, while having textile-like characteristic and breathability of a fibrous nonwoven. These attributes allow consumers to maintain a fit and active lifestyle, without compromising comfort or convenience.
The second component present in Glatfelter’s feminine hygiene articles is a set of plant-based materials. These include fibrous and plant-based ADL, absorbent core, and a back sheet – this cellulosic fiber-based back sheet is also a novel and innovated product for the hygiene industry. These fully renewable materials provide a toolbox to the manufacturers to support development of a feminine hygiene article free from plastic labeling requirements.
Preliminary results of both concept developments will be shared in this presentation.
» Stefanie Lutter, Ph.D.
Global Innovation Segment Leader , Glatfelter
BIOGRAPHYStefanie Lutter is a Global Innovation Segment Leader with 13 years of experience working alongside the innovation team at Glatfelter, a $1 billion NYSE-listed global supplier of engineered materials. Stefanie joined Glatfelter in 2008 as a leading product innovation and technology support for airlaid materials in EMEA. In 2019, she was promoted to the Global Innovation Segment Leader. She earned a Ph.D. in Colloid Chemistry and a Diploma in Chemistry from the University of Potsdam.