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03/03/2009

EDANA launches code of practice promoting the proper disposal of personal hygiene wet wipes

EDANA launched the “Code of Practice for the Proper Disposal of Personal Hygiene Wet Wipes” which includes an on-pack symbol to denote those products that should not be flushed.
EDANA, the Association representing the nonwovens and related industries today launched the “Code of Practice for the Proper Disposal of Personal Hygiene Wet Wipes” which includes an on-pack symbol to denote those products that should not be flushed. The Code results from extensive discussions with EDANA-member companies and other external stakeholders, and supports the manufacturers and marketers of personal hygiene wet wipes to ensure the proper disposal of their product.

The Code of Practice, a voluntary programme which seeks to raise awareness and understanding of the proper disposal of personal hygiene wet wipes, is a key component of the nonwoven industry’s ongoing commitment to the responsible use and disposal of the products it makes and distributes.

The Code draws on the “Guidance Document for Assessing the Flushability of Nonwoven Consumer Products”, first published in June 2008 together with INDA, the American Nonwovens Association, which establishes an agreed definition of what ‘flushability’ means and contains rigorous tests manufacturers can use to establish whether the products they make are flushable.

“An important role for industry, which we accept fully, is to ensure that consumers are given clear information about when nonwoven consumer products should not be flushed.” said Pierre Wiertz, General Manger of EDANA.

By agreeing to adopt the Code of Practice companies commit to use the industry’s Guidance Document to determine the status of their personal hygiene wet wipe products, and to label all non-flushable products clearly and consistently.

“EDANA represents over 90 percent of the total volume of nonwoven consumer products on the market in Europe, and will encourage all its members who market or manufacture personal hygiene wet wipes to adopt the Code. We also believe that market forces will play a significant role in adoption of the Code, and that products that do not comply with it will be less favoured by retailers and consumers.” Wiertz continued.

EDANA will survey its members annually to monitor take-up of the Code’s provisions and will aim for 40 percent of members who manufacture personal hygiene wet wipes complying with the provisions of the Code by the end of 2009, and 100% by the end of 2010.

The staged introduction and compliance with the Code of Practice is designed to take into account the time required to test products, alter package artwork, and place these products on the market.

EDANA will actively promote the Code and will encourage both member and non-member manufacturers, marketers and retailers of personal hygiene wet wipes to comply with the Code.

About EDANA
EDANA, serves the nonwovens and related industries (previously known as the European Disposables and Nonwovens Association), and has 225 member companies in over 30 countries. Its Mission is to create the foundation for sustainable growth of the nonwovens, absorbent hygiene products and related industries through active promotion, education and dialogue. Information about other upcoming events can be found on www.edana.org

For further information please contact:
Abby Bailey, Marketing and Communications Director, edana
Telephone: +32 2 734 93 10
Fax: +32 2 733 35 18
E-mail: abby.bailey@edana.org  
Website: www.edana.org
Note to Editors
Nonwovens are engineered fabrics that are sheet or web structures bonded together by entangling fibre or filaments (and by perforating films) mechanically, thermally or chemically. They are flat, porous sheets that are made directly from separate fibres or from molten plastic or plastic film. They are not made by weaving or knitting and do not require conversion of the fibres to yarn. In consumer hygiene products nonwoven fabrics provide specific functions such as absorbency, liquid repellence, resilience, stretch, softness and strength.

The “Guidance Document for Assessing the Flushability of Nonwoven Consumer Products” is available to all members of INDA and EDANA at no cost. Non-members will be able to purchase the Guidelines for $3000/€2000.
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