Porex introduces sustainable product development capabilities
Porex Corporation, a business unit of Filtration Group, has launched sustainable product development capabilities to help manufacturers with early product development across all three porous technology platforms. According to the company, by working with its experts in material innovation and leveraging the latest technologies for sintered particles, bonded fibre and open-cell foam, manufacturers can create more sustainable products that can be used in various applications in the air care, cosmetics, diagnostics, consumer, healthcare and industrial markets.
Porex said it selects the optimum sustainable material based on the customer’s product application and works collaboratively with the customer to develop the final product. Sustainable materials for use in porous polymer components include – but are not limited to – recycled polyethylene (PE) and polyester fibre (PET); biodegradable PE, PE fibre, and PET fibre; and bio-based polyurethane. Each technology platform serves a range of markets and product segments. Sintered particles feature well-defined, complex 3D geometries suitable for filters or wicks used in plug-in air fresheners or insecticide applications. Bonded fibre solutions feature flexible 2D geometries that provide wicking, absorption and release functions critical for diagnostic applications such as sample collection materials used for saliva- and urine-based tests and reservoirs for writing instruments. Open-cell foam materials are highly absorptive and can be made antimicrobial for applications including wound care and cosmetic products. Porex said it continues to accept early development projects, serving as a partner in innovation across an array of industries.
The sustainable product development initiative is a part of Porex’s global sustainability programme that prioritises advancements in four focus areas: material innovation, supply chain, community and waste and recycling. The announcement of sustainable product capabilities kicks off the first area of focus, material innovation, which sets a specific goal to reduce the company’s use of virgin plastics in new products by 25 % by 2025.
“We are committed to long-term sustainability and the adoption of green business practices,” said Avi Robbins, vice president, global product development and R&D at Porex. “Porex has already been leading efforts in sustainability by using recycled content such as resins from PE and PET packaging in innovative ways. Our sustainable product development capabilities only intensify our efforts to reduce our environmental footprint and support our customers by being their partners in innovation and helping them meet their own sustainability goals.”