Freudenberg offers sustainable wound care – magazine for the nonwoven industry
âSustainability is firmly anchored in Freudenberg performance materials‘strategy. That is why we are committing to pioneering work to enable our customers in the medical industry to bring more sustainable products to market, âsays Henk Randau, SVP &, General Manager Global Business Division Healthcare. The company has decades of experience in developing sustainable solutions. Freudenberg Performance Materials pioneered polyester recycling in the early 1990s, for example, and today recycles some seven million PET bottles per day.
Freudenberg Performance Materials designed the ECO-CHECK label to endorse particularly sustainable products. The company offers its healthcare customers two solutions for designing durable wound dressings. These coatings use bio-based raw materials which allow biodegradation in an industrial composting framework after use of the product.
M 1701 is ideal for traditional wound care dressings. Composed of 100% polylactic acid derived from natural resources, it offers good wound care characteristics.
M 1714 with superior absorption for more difficult wounds consists of a blend of bio-based fibers derived from natural sources and has a smooth contact layer with the wound. The product has been evaluated for industrial compostability and complies with ISO 13432, which facilitates the application for certificates regarding the biodegradability of the product.
In addition, Freudenberg Performance Materials’ silicone coated foams with their patent protected technology combine durability aspects with a number of enhanced functionality. Reducing the number of process steps in the manufacture of dressings reduces the complexity of production, thereby avoiding waste, saving energy and simplifying the supply chain. At the same time, the solution retains all the advantages of a pure foam dressing without a silicone layer, such as free swelling and prevention of the accumulation of exudate in the wound bed, while eliminating the disadvantages. solutions with standard silicone adhesive layers. From a nursing perspective, the benefits include greater flexibility which allows for optimal contour of the wound bed and reduced risk of infection through prevention of exudate build-up.
For the first time, FPM is also presenting prototypes incorporating this technology in the form of a bandage bordered with a silicone adhesive border. The ability to select an extra strong silicone border complements these product advantages. This allows for longer wearing times, thus generating less waste.
More efficient cleaning results and greater patient comfort Freudenberg Performance Materials also introduces an innovative hydrophilic debridement foam that provides the following benefits: use in wound cavities, ideal for cleaning deep and hard-to-reach wounds, better cleaning results and reduced risk and greater patient comfort. Hydrophilic PU foam provides better cleaning
result with reduced pressure, thus increasing patient comfort.