Project brings nappies into circular economy
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Project brings nappies into circular economy

Italian consumer goods firm, Fater, has upgraded its recycling technology to sanitise, separate and recycle used nappies.

The company, a Joint Venture of P&G and Gruppo Angelini, explained that the EMBRACED project brings a consortium of 13 partners together to recycle cellulose from used nappies into bio-products.

The consortium is an EU-funded initiative that promotes the recycling of absorbent hygiene products, and aims to create ways to transform these into higher value materials such as fertilisers and bio plastics.

It has received funding under the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU).

“BBI JU has been created to help develop a sustainable and competitive bio-based industry in Europe,” explained Philippe Mengal, BBI JU executive director.

“We firmly believe in the capacity of our European industries to play a leading role in this sector.”

Giovanni Teodorani Fabbri – Fater AHP Recycling general manager added: “At Fater, we strongly believe in the potential of the circular economy of diapers recycling, as testified by several awards received in Italy and by the support of the European Commission.

“We started with diaper recycling in 2015, and EMBRACED represents a significant step forward, further encouraging us in our commitment to circular economy and in the development of a new venture that will start with the upgraded technology at our plant in Treviso, in collaboration with our partner Contarina.”