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Suominen Goes Green At IDEA07

May 2, 2007

New from Finnish roll goods producer Suominen is Biolace, a bio-based spunlace nonwoven fabric that is both biodegradable and compostable. The new product range will predominantly target both dry and wet wiping applications. “Biolace represents the first step toward a new single-use and disposability mentality,” commented Henri Laitervo, sales director, at the Biolace product launch at the company’s booth Tuesday afternoon. “Biolace combines raw materials from renewable resources with Suominen’s unique
energy saving production process—plus providing nonwovens able to biodegrade 100% in available municipal compost facilities.”

Biolace products are produced solely from natural fibers produced from renewable sources such as viscose, cotton, pulp and PLA. “The first three of these are probably very familiar to all of us, but PLA is a newcomer,” continued Mr. Laitervo. “PLA is produced from cornstarch using a fermentation process. This is followed by polymerization, which results in PLA granulate.” Three different products have been planned for the Biolace family in three different versions.

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