It seems that talk of sustainability is everywhere. Industries are concerned with conserving energy, reducing waste and recycling materials when possible. Consumers are no different. There are companies springing up everywhere catering to the idea of “green” living. They are focused on burning less fuel, buying organic produce, installing solar panels and more.
There are numerous ways that nonwoven products fit into the green lifestyle. Manufacturers and businesses who focus on offering green products are primed to capitalize on the growing green market. Here are five ways nonwovens help consumers go green.
1. Reusable shopping bags. According to Reusethisbag.com, about 1.8 million disposable shopping bags are used in the United States each week. To keep these bags out of landfills, many consumers are turning to reusable nonwoven shopping bags. Nonwoven tote bags are often manufactured using polypropylene and can be made in a variety of colors and sizes.
2. Construction. Nonwoven usage in the home construction market has been steadily increasing for years. Due to their strength, flexibility and moisture management, nonwoven materials are used to wrap houses to keep them cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Consumers feel great about saving energy.
3. Filters. Filtration products can assist consumers and manufacturers reduce the emission of contaminants into the environment. Nonwoven filtration products can be produced to eliminate even micro-particles to ensure that the air (both internally and externally) is cleaner and, thus, greener.
These are just a few ways that nonwoven products help consumers live a greener lifestyle.
But nonwoven manufacturers and converters don’t just offer products that help consumers go green. Manufacturers are changing their own practices to go green in their own big way. Nonwoven partners are looking to reduce energy consumption in their factories, eliminate excess packing materials, introduce smarter shipping procedures, recycle and make manufacturing more efficient.
We all have the responsible to reduce, reuse and recycle. We look forward to seeing how green nonwovens can be!