Washable wipes include adult toilet wipes, infant sanitary wipes and feminine wipes. The use of these three wipes has been growing. According to the latest Market Research Report of Smithers apex, the market demand for washable wipes is estimated to be 55720 tons by 2018, with sales of about $1.4 billion.
The increasing demand for washable wipes is mainly due to the convenience, hygiene, functionality, cost and the improvement of consumers' environmental awareness. But where is the future development direction of wipes, the development direction in the next few years and what efforts should non-woven fabric manufacturers make? In this regard, the report of Smithers apex, a British market research company, summarized the following four points:
Change the base cloth of non-woven fabric
It is imperative to change the non-woven fabric used for wet wipes. Due to the particularity of the existing sewage treatment system structure, if the size of wet wipes exceeds a certain specification, it will cause blockage. This phenomenon occurs in the United States, the Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom, so the relevant government departments have issued some unrealistic regulations. On the other hand, the price of petroleum based non degradable fiber is increasing rapidly, so that it approaches or exceeds the price of degradable fiber such as viscose and cotton fiber Although the price of wood pulp in the market is close to the highest in history, it is still 50% cheaper than that of petroleum based products, although the prices of wood pulp, viscose and cotton fiber are also lower It will increase over time, but some experts predict that the price of petroleum based fiber will certainly increase faster than that of non petroleum based fiber. These factors will prompt non-woven fabric manufacturers to reconsider when choosing fiber.
With the increasing environmental pollution in the world and the continuous improvement of consumers' awareness of environmental protection, when the phenomenon of economic crisis is gradually eliminated, consumers begin to buy rationally. In developed countries, such as the United States, Western Europe and Japan, and some regions in developing countries, consumers are also advocating the concept of sustainable development and supporting from the purchase action. Washable wipes are a sustainable product. The products left over from the sewage treatment system can be used as useful soil amendments, rather than just landfill materials.