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Technical Textile Markets
Issue 127:
October 2023

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Editorial: Prospects for graphene in technical textile markets threatened by barriers to commercialisation (17 pages)
Technical textile markets: product developments and innovations, October 2023 (20 pages)
The world nonwovens industry: part 3--ten small producers, October 2023 (42 pages)
Single-use medical nonwovens: the pros and cons (22 pages)
Global technical textiles business update, October 2023 (26 pages)
Statistics: trends in production of fibre reinforced composite materials in Europe, October 2023 (23 pages)

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Single-use medical nonwovens: the pros and cons

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Single-use medical nonwovens are widely used in health care settings because they offer a number of advantages compared with reusable medical textiles. However, single-use medical nonwovens suffer a disadvantage in that they must be disposed of after use and such disposal can have an adverse impact on the environment. The issue of single-use medical nonwovens is expected to be a focus of legislation in Europe under forthcoming EU regulations, and it is predicted that pressure will mount on hospitals in the EU to recycle single-use medical textiles or procure reusable and washable medical textiles. In the UK, Revolution-ZERO is supporting the adoption of reusable and washable medical textiles at NHS facilities and has recently installed an advanced laundry facility, called Zero-Decon, at a hospital in Wales. There are several difficulties associated with recycling single-use medical textiles. In response, a number of pilot schemes for establishing circular supply chains have been launched. In Saudi Arabia, SABIC, a global chemicals company headquartered in Riyadh, continues to expand its Trucircle portfolio of polymers--which includes those made using bio-based waste and recycled polymers in the form of drop-in solutions--and it plans to increase its capacity for making Trucircle plastics to 1 mn tons by 2030. In the UK, Thermal Compaction Group (TCG) has introduced its Sterimelt units at a handful of National Health Service (NHS) hospitals. These units are capable of processing waste surgical polypropylene wrap on-site into plastic bricks for conversion into products such as decking, fence posts and furniture.

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    SUMMARY

    INTRODUCTION

  • Putting waste from single-use medical nonwovens to good use
  • NONWOVEN FABRICS USED IN HOSPITAL OPERATING ROOMS

    ROLE OF MEDICAL NONWOVENS IN PREVENTING HOSPITAL ACQUIRED INFECTIONS (HAIs)

    IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON THE SUPPLY OF SINGLE-USE MEDICAL NONWOVENS

    ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION AT INDEX 23: THE SUSTAINABLE FUTURE OF MEDICAL NONWOVENS

  • EU legislation to deal with the issue of waste from single-use medical textiles and associated carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions
  • Berry Global's experience of recycling single-use medical nonwovens
    • Evansville project: initiative aimed at safely and effectively recycling non-hazardous, sterile plastic packaging and nonwoven fabric waste
  • Reducing hospital stays and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions
    • Customised procedure packs
  • SABIC (Saudi Arabia Basic Industries Corporation): Trucircle polymer made using bio-based waste and recycled polymers
  • SYSTEMS DEVELOPED FOR THE UK NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE (NHS)

  • Thermal Compaction Group (TCG): Sterimelt
  • Revolution-ZERO: Zero-Decon
  • CONCLUSION

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