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9 Unusual Places To Find Nonwoven Textiles

Posted by Chris Rowlett

Meltblown wipes and filtration products are easy-to-spot nonwoven fabrics.  But did you know that nonwoven fabrics can be found in places you might not think about?

1. Apparel.

Nonwovens make excellent linings for collars, cuffs lapels or any place the manufacturer wants to give shape and to provide body and stiffness. Nonwovens have excellent moisture management characteristics, which make them ideal for exercise wear or baby clothes.

Companies have started manufacturing garment bags from nonwoven textiles as well as the garments themselves. Nonwovens prevent dust and insects from attacking precious clothes, and they also protect the colors from sunlight and adding.

2. Dairy farms

Dairy farms often use nonwoven textiles to filter milk during processing. This helps to keep the milk pure and free from contaminants.

3. Cable and wires

Nonwovens may have varying degrees of electrical impedance. The ability to prevent electrical distortion makes nonwovens a good lining material for some types of wire or cables.

4. Stereo speakers

Nonwoven textiles help to prevent or diminish vibration in speakers when the volume is high. This improves the sound and helps ensure that the speaker lasts longer.

5. Beverages

Tea bags and coffee filters are often nonwoven textiles. The special characteristics allow moisture to flow through at a rate that ensures peak flavor for your favorite beverage.

6. Packing materials

Those untearable mailing envelopes are nonwoven textiles designed to protect the contents of the envelope or mailer from tampering or damage during transit. If you’ve ever tried to open one by tearing it, you know firsthand how strong nonwoven textiles can be.

You may also find that companies that are concerned with the environment now use nonwovens for packing materials when shipping delicate objects. Nonwovens are cushiony and offer excellent shock absorption. They don’t require petroleum products during manufacturing, as peanuts and plastic bubble pack does, and they are both reusable and recyclable.

7. Cleaning products

Whether it’s disposable floor cleaning cloths, antistatic dust cloths or specialty cleaner wipes, nonwoven textiles are everywhere in the cleaning and janitorial supplies market. These products do a superior job in cleaning the surfaces for which they were designed, and they are easily disposable and recyclable.

8. Home décor

The lining in your living room draperies, the stuffing in the cushions on your sofa and the backing of your carpets may all be nonwoven textiles. Mattress pads and protectors are often nonwovens because of their ability to resist dust and insects. The backing on your tablecloth and the shades on your lamps are all possibly nonwoven textiles.

landscaping nonwovens9. Landscaping and Agriculture

Lightweight nonwoven fabrics are an ideal choice for landscaping fabric to protect gardens from weeds and frost damage.  Nonwoven agrotextiles are used in netting to protect fruit trees from birds, in fabrics to shade crops in tropical climates, and in crop covers to protect crops from freezing.

Wherever you look, you will find new and surprising applications for the output of this versatile manufacturing process.


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