Editorial


  • Hygiene: It Takes a Village

    Most wearers of disposable hygiene items—whether they are two or 92—never consider the level of innovation that goes into the product that is keeping them dry and shielding them from embarrassment. They don’t know they contain a cor…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 12.07.18

  • The Plastic Problem—What’s the Answer

    The topic of plastic was a hot one at this year’s Outlook Conference in Dubrovnik, Croatia. How to reduce its use, how to make it more sustainable and what to do with it after use were all discussed. And, it’s no surprise that this topic…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 11.02.18

  • Winning Asia, Winning the World

    As this issue goes to press, Unicharm announced it would purchase DSG, one of Southeast Asia’s largest makers of adult incontinence and baby diaper products with strong positions in some of the region’s fastest growing markets like Thaila…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 10.08.18

  • Wipes—Changing The Way We Clean and Live

    It’s been nearly two decades since the wipes market began heating up, expanding beyond baby wipes and wet wipes to penetrate more areas of our daily lives. First there were antibacterial wipes, then floor cleaning products like Swiffer, then fa…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 09.12.18

  • Rise Up

    Early this month, INDA’s Research, Innovation, Science for Engineered Fabrics Conference (RISE) will kick off the fall season of conferences relevant to the global nonwovens industry. The RISE conference tends to focus on the technology side of…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 09.07.18

  • Healthy, Wealthy and Wise

    We are living in the age of big data. People track how many steps they take per day, the quality of their sleep, calorie intake, energy outputs—you name it. Harvesting all of this data and then analyzing it is supposed to help you live your bes…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 08.09.18

  • Acquisitions and More

    Acquisition activity has picked up in nonwovens recently leaving industry watchers scratching their heads over what this means for the industry going forward. Of course, the industry is no stranger to acquisitions. Many of the largest nonwovens produ…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 07.06.18

  • Trade Associations Stick to Their Guns

    In May, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) levied a $700,000 fine against household wipes maker Pental for falsely claiming its White King wipes were flushable. Pental was found to have misled its customers into thinking that i…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 06.01.18

  • What’s in Store for Japan?

    Each year, the global nonwovens industry gathers in a set location for a huge trade show. This location, as we know, rotates between North America, Europe and Asia. In North America, the spot has in recent years mostly been Miami Beach, while in Euro…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 05.04.18

  • K-C Legal Win: What Does it Mean?

    The wipes industry scored a victory in December when a federal court put a hold on a Washington, D.C., city law regulating flushable wipe labeling. The legislation had passed the city council a year earlier and was due to go into effect on January 1&…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 04.12.18

  • Who Has The Power?

    Over the past decade, the growing influence of online retailers, subscription services and other new sales channels have changed the dynamic between retailers and consumers. The internet has given both sides of the relationship more tools in both tra…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 04.05.18

  • The next great frontier

    Some of the world’s keenest observers of the global baby diaper market were surprised by the Chinese consumers’ thirst for ultra-premium, soft baby diapers. Many of the major multinational brands entered the market with value offerings, t…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 03.02.18

  • Right at Your Fingertips

    For decades, Nonwovens Industry has included a directory of manufacturers with its annual reports on each of the three major hygiene categories—baby diapers, adult incontinence and feminine hygiene. Since these directories were being published…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 03.02.18

  • Bust or Boom?

    If you read the news, you would think the U.S. baby diaper market is in a bust. This week CNN reports that the birth rate dropped to a historic low in 2017 as would-be parents pushed back parenthood. At the same time, the $12.6 billion diaper market…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 02.02.18

  • There’s Something About China

    China continues to play a more prominent role in the nonwovens and related industries. Over the past 18 months, the developed markets like the U.S. and Western Europe have looked to Chinese diapers for inspiration when it comes to diaper design. Mean…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 01.05.18

  • Amazon.com. Will the Second Time be the Charm?

    Last month, Amazon.com quietly launched its own brand of private label diapers. Not only was this launch without any significant marketing or promotional efforts, it was an invitation-only launch, meaning that only a select few of Amazon’s cust…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 12.07.17

  • Not Your Mother’s Product

    As a mother of three girls (some of which are rapidly approaching puberty), and as the editor of Nonwovens Industry, the changing landscape of the feminine hygiene market is something I monitor very closely. In recent years, we have seen a more open…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 11.10.17

  • Giving Diapers a Second Chance

    This week British Airways announced it was piloting a program to fuel part of its fleet with plastic-based household waste—including old baby diapers. The effort, which is being made in partnership with a renewable fuels company called Velocys,…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 10.12.17

  • Let’s Play Nice

    The fight against flushability continues. As this issue goes to press, a new organization, International Water Services Flushability Group, which was formed by the stakeholders in the wastewater treatment industry, is seeking comments on a set of pro…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 09.18.17

  • Seeking A Name Change

    Recently, I had a conversation with someone new to nonwovens. Throughout this conversation, this person kept asking me, “what makes that a nonwoven?” He could not seem to grasp that things as different as a baby wipe and a roofing substra…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 09.11.17