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Welcome to Virtual WOW and Virtual Wipes Academy!

The world is facing unprecedented change. You’re now part of the evolution.
A virtual meeting of the minds and by participating in this event you are involved
in the rapidly changing wipes landscape. Virtual WOW™ unites us as an industry,
as we join together in online groups to dive deep into topics including:

  • The impacts of COVID-19 on our industry
  • Material science innovations
  • Single-use plastics
  • New advances for skin health
  • Generational changes in consumer behavior for wipes
  • Market trends and industry statistics
  • Updates on government regulations
  • Changes in packaging
  • Preservatives and label transparency
  • Flushability updates

Our wipes industry is changing by the nanosecond. Virtual WOW™ is helping
prepare you for a world disrupted with forward-thinking information.

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08:00 AM - 04:21 PM (EDT)
Academy - Monday
08:00 AM - 08:51 AM (EDT)
Section 1: Brief Overview of Wipes
08:51 AM - 09:06 AM (EDT)
Q&A
09:06 AM - 10:40 AM (EDT)
Section 2: Nonwoven Substrates for Wipes – Materials and Processes
10:40 AM - 10:55 PM (EDT)
Q&A
02:15 PM - 03:27 PM (EDT)
Section 3: Liquid Ingredients A - Z . . . Anti-aging to Zinc Oxide
03:27 PM - 03:42 PM (EDT)
Q&A
03:42 PM - 04:06 PM (EDT)
Section 4: Packaging Materials
04:06 PM - 04:21 PM (EDT)
Q&A
04:30 PM - 05:30 PM (EDT)
COCKTAIL HOUR

An hour-long cocktail time hosted by some of the best personalities our industry has to offer. Bring your preferred beverage and jump into the room of your choice to chat about work, COVID, WAH, “news & needs”, etc....

08:50 AM - 08:55 AM (EDT)
Welcome

Welcome

08:55 AM - 09:00 AM (EDT)
Live Audience Poll

Live Audience Poll

09:00 AM - 11:00 AM (EDT)
Session: Shifting Trade Winds and Markets
09:00 AM - 09:45 AM (EDT)
Fighting the Good Fight: Protecting Your Ideas and Supply Chain During a Trade War

The American economy is moving from one that has been focused on service and exportation of high-engineered products and more toward an innovation economy focused on ideas.
The current trade war is one in which we are trying to protect these ideas. It is these very ideas that are going to catapult us into the economy that we really ought to be managing for the next century and maybe beyond, which is one in which it doesn’t really matter where something is made, but it does matter that the idea was created, curated, and protected in the United States.
Over the past year, tariffs have been weaponized as a means of diplomacy. It appears that we’re hearkening back to the days of the early 20th century when we used import taxes to protect certain industries and impose our political will on other nations, making them think twice about how they were going to manage their international trade relations with regards to the American economy. No matter who is in the White House, we are going to see this tactic used in one form or fashion.
Mento’s keynote will focus on the idea that you’re going to need multiple plans in case this happens again. He’ll cover the over-dependence of purchasing all things from just one country like China or India and the idea that there is only one way of buying things. His talk is about Plan B or Plan C and the importance that manufacturers and service providers have those plans in order, and how this is going to be the way other countries aside from the US are likely to approach their own trade policy.

09:45 AM - 10:00 AM (EDT)
Trivia Break
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM (EDT)
Global Market for Personal Care Wipes: Product Segmentation – Adult Care in Focus

With over USD10 billion in retail sales in 2018 and nearly as much in estimated unmet potential globally, personal wipes remain an opportunity for the disposable hygiene industry. Challenges ahead certainly include legislative push and need to develop products that meet the rising sustainability movement. However, as R&D into more eco-friendly wipes continues, there is also a number of other innovation drivers that can help drive long-term demand.

Euromonitor presentation will reveal:

1) Largest and fastest growing markets for personal care wipes globally, assessing white spaces and opportunities for future growth
2) Key global trends in wipe segmentation and positioning, with select case studies
3) Trends in adult care products and wipes. Population continues to age globally. In fact, in the regions of North America, Western Europe, and Eastern Europe, the medium age of the population will approach 39 years, 42, and 42 respectively, by 2023. Women’s median age is expected to be even higher than men. The ageing trend, among other factors, will continue to present opportunities for adult incontinence products, including adult care wipes. The presentation will reveal the results of Euromonitor Consumer Health Survey, with specific focus on adult incontinence, and will review opportunities in product development and marketing in adult care wipes.

10:45 AM - 11:00 AM (EDT)
Ask-the-Experts

A moderator guided 15-minute Q&A session with all of the session’s speakers available to answer questions, pose questions and banter back and forth with the audience.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
EXHIBITS

Visit the exhibitor's rooms to see their tabletops!

11:00 AM - 03:21 PM (EDT)
Academy - Tuesday
11:00 AM - 11:20 AM (EDT)
Section 5: Wipe Converting Processes: The “-ings”
11:20 AM - 11:35 AM (EDT)
Q&A
11:35 AM - 11:58 AM (EDT)
Section 6: Wipe Development & Manufacture - Bringing It All Together
11:58 AM - 12:13 AM (EDT)
Q&A
01:30 PM - 01:48 PM (EDT)
Case Study: Baby Wipes
01:48 PM - 02:03 PM (EDT)
Q&A
02:03 PM - 02:20 PM (EDT)
Section 7: Cost Effective Production & Sustainability
02:20 PM - 02:35 PM (EDT)
Q&A
02:35 PM - 03:06 PM (EDT)
Section 8: Quality, Stability, Recalls and Related Matters
03:06 PM - 03:21 PM (EDT)
Q&A
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM (EDT)
AFTERNOON TEA

A lunchtime beverage hour hosted by some of the best personalities our industry has to offer. Bring your preferred beverage and jump into the room of your choice to chat about work, COVID, WAH, “news & needs”, etc....

02:00 PM - 03:15 PM (EDT)
Session: Government Affairs & Nonwoven Data
02:00 PM - 02:30 PM (EDT)
Policy Update: What’s Happened and More Importantly, What’s Next?

It’s an election year and despite the strength of the economy, it’s still anyone’s best guess as to who will be in the White House come January 2021 or what the makeup of Congress will be. Current Washington, DC and state policy makers have kept the business community on its toes with actions on trade, plastics in the environment and more. Hear INDA’s Director of Government Affairs Jessica Franken discuss some of these important developments including the ongoing trade war with China and other trade skirmishes affecting nonwovens; the latest on the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill and U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement; updates on various federal and state plastics pollution legislation and whatever else public officials decide to lob our way in 2020.

02:30 PM - 03:00 PM (EDT)
The North American Nonwoven Wipes Markets: Growth and Why It’s So Attractive

Brad will discuss the supply-side and demand-side developments in both the North American nonwovens markets and the wipes markets. In addition, he will share the latest nonwoven wipes market outlook, highlighting the importance of economic and population trends. The presentation will highlight key findings based on market intelligence from INDA's recent publications, the North American Nonwovens Supply report and a preview from the North American Nonwovens Industry Outlook report to be published later in 2020.

03:00 PM - 03:15 PM (EDT)
Ask-the-Experts

A moderator guided 15-minute Q&A session with all of the session’s speakers available to answer questions, pose questions and banter back and forth with the audience.

03:15 PM - 04:15 PM (EDT)
SPEED MEETINGS

Speed dating designed for networking with other attendees.

05:00 PM - 06:00 PM (EDT)
COCKTAIL HOUR

An hour-long cocktail time hosted by some of the best personalities our industry has to offer. Bring your preferred beverage and jump into the room of your choice to chat about work, COVID, WAH, “news & needs”, etc....

08:00 AM - 01:47 PM (EDT)
Academy - Wednesday
08:00 AM - 08:29 AM (EDT)
Section 10: Consumer/Customer Understanding
08:29 AM - 08:44 AM (EDT)
Q&A
12:45 PM - 01:32 PM (EDT)
Section 11: Influential Issues, Regulations and Flushability
01:32 PM - 01:47 PM (EDT)
Q&A
08:30 AM - 09:00 AM (EDT)
COFFEE TALK

A casual conversation between friends in a small group setting of a total of 8 people.

09:00 AM - 11:45 AM (EDT)
Session: Emerging needs & wants of a changing consumer base I
09:00 AM - 09:30 AM (EDT)
100 Most Influential Wet Wipe Brands (and Their Impact on Our Industry)

Looking at the personal care category of Baby, Cosmetic and flushable wipes, this presentation will look at 100 different brands and how their products are utilizing new technologies, new packaging and new claims. We see how local launches in individual countries are different to multi-regional launches. The focus will be on wet wipes in the USA and Europe, which will highlight the similarities and differences in brands and their positioning across different regions.
In addition, we will do a deep dive into how start-ups have carved out space compared to the big, traditional brands – what are their challenges & their advantages?

09:30 AM - 10:00 AM (EDT)
Where, When and How: Snapshots of Consumers’ Use of Wipes

Weekly use of wipes continues to be a strong habit for American consumers, according to new data from the American Cleaning Institute’s 2020 National Cleaning Survey. How households are using these products today compared with a decade ago and what factors drive consumer purchase behavior will be outlined, along with summaries of every-day cleaning habits and behaviors among today’s shoppers.

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM (EDT)
London: Why Do All the Problems Start in the Pesky UK’s Capital?

For a range of reasons, many of the issues that the nonwovens and single-use disposables industries are currently responding to have emerged in London, before assuming global significance.
The first major fatberg, for example, was discovered in the city’s 19th Century sewerage system back in 2013 and more have subsequently occurred under London’s streets than anywhere else in the world.
As a result, the UK’s government became the first to propose a ban on wet wipes, and certain retail chains have already stopped stocking them.
The London Museum meanwhile made a slice of the biggest fatberg to date one of its major attractions.
This presentation will examine the phenomenon and many related issues, including the global impact of the BBC’s ‘Blue Planet TV series, the very British debate about teabags and inevitably, the impact of Brexit.

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM (EDT)
Tackling Social Taboos: Reflecting Real Life for Real Profits

As advertisers and marketers, we have an opportunity to reflect the status quo or push the cultural needle forward. So much of our normal everyday lives has been hushed by society, stigmatized and shamed. When brands engage with people in real, authentic, and emotional ways that show they are on their side, they create a lasting connection and build brand advocacy. Consider this a call to action for brands to use their power and might to break barriers while making product breakthroughs (and the money will follow).

11:30 AM - 11:45 AM (EDT)
Ask-the-Experts

A moderator guided 15-minute Q&A session with all of the session’s speakers available to answer questions, pose questions and banter back and forth with the audience.

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM (EDT)
Engaging Conversations

A cocktail hour without the cocktail or the hour; a casual conversation between friends in a small group setting of a total of 8 people.

01:00 PM - 02:00 PM (EDT)
AFTERNOON TEA

4

A lunchtime beverage hour hosted by some of the best personalities our industry has to offer. Bring your preferred beverage and jump into the room of your choice to chat about work, COVID, WAH, “news & needs”, etc....

02:00 PM - 02:45 PM (EDT)
PANEL DISCUSSION: Session: Plastics - Changing Consumer Priorities & Perspectives in the Age of COVID-19
02:00 PM - 02:45 PM (EDT)
Changing perspectives about plastics in the EU
02:00 PM - 02:45 PM (EDT)
The impact of COVID19

The impact of COVID19 on the wipe supply chain. How will the post-COVID19 future look different than the past?

02:00 PM - 02:45 PM (EDT)
Topic: Post-COVID19 buying habits

Post-COVID19 buying habits – Which habits stuck, which are likely to fall away over time and which will shed the moment the all clear signal is given?

02:45 PM - 03:00 PM (EDT)
Ask-the-Experts
02:45 PM - 03:00 PM (EDT)
TRIVIA BREAK
03:00 PM - 03:30 PM (EDT)
2020 World of Wipes Innovation Award® Presentations
03:00 PM - 03:10 PM (EDT)
DETEX® Metal Detectable Scouring Pad

DETEX® Metal Detectable Scouring Pad

03:10 PM - 03:20 PM (EDT)
NUGEN® NR Disinfectant Wipe

NUGEN® NR Disinfectant Wipe

03:20 PM - 03:30 PM (EDT)
Food Fresh Liners

Food Fresh Liners

03:30 PM - 03:45 PM (EDT)
Ask-the-Panelists
03:45 PM - 03:50 PM (EDT)
Live Audience Poll - Awards
03:45 PM - 03:50 PM (EDT)
Live Audience Poll - Awards
04:00 PM - 05:00 PM (EDT)
EXHIBITS

Visit the exhibitor's rooms to see their tabletops!

05:00 PM - 06:00 PM (EDT)
COCKTAIL HOUR

8

An hour-long cocktail time hosted by some of the best personalities our industry has to offer. Bring your preferred beverage and jump into the room of your choice to chat about work, COVID, WAH, “news & needs”, etc....

On Demand
Developments in Substrate Technologies I - The Shifting Sands on Single Use Plastics – Navigating Regulation, Legislation and Consumer Opinion

The pressure on single-use plastics continues, in the last 12 months more countries and municipalities have banned the sale of certain single-use plastics and there seems to be an endless wave of consumer awareness of plastics in the ocean and marine litter.

This paper will try to provide the latest information on where regulation and legislation activities are today in North America and in other parts of the world. It will also highlight the positioning that key retailers are taking in response to both this & potentially more importantly the opinions of their customers, all from the perspective of the consumer wipes business.

A summary and assessment of the nonwovens industry response to these pressures will be provided along with a roadmap for potential technology solutions and their relative merits.

On Demand
Developments in Substrate Technologies I - Hemp Fiber from Front to Back: Wipe the Right Way

Sustainable designs, processes, and supply chains that create ethical and diverse product offerings are now the norm and expectation to meet both consumer and regulatory demands. Hemp fiber integration meets and exceeds these demands but not without some difficulties. We will review the extraordinary technical advantages and sustainable processes inherent to hemp fiber and the unique challenges we face to bring this compostable feedstock to the wipes market.

On Demand
Developments in Substrate Technologies I - Can 100% Cellulosic Fabrics Be Designed to Meet the Same Performance of Synthetic Fiber Web Blends? An Investigation of Performance of Novel Fiber and Fabric Treatments on 100% Cellulosic Nonwoven Wipe Fabrics

100% cellulosic fiber webs are gaining market interest to replace synthetic fiber webs because of consumer demand for a more natural, biodegradable material and the recent legislation against traditional plastic-containing materials. There is, however, a question of how the different properties of 100% cellulosic fiber webs impact the final product performance versus the synthetic fiber web blends. Fiber finish or post web treatments could potentially change the performance of the cellulosic webs to obtain properties similar to the synthetic fiber web blends, but with an improved environmental profile.
An investigation has been initiated to evaluate a series of finish formulations to provide enhanced cellulosic web performance The evaluations will be completed by comparing the absorbency profiles that are critical to the function of wipes and how they retain and/or release lotion and active ingredients. Testing of the optimum performance web finish treatments on the 100% cellulosic will be completed and compared to the performance of synthetic web blends with respect to the absorbent and release profiles. From this testing, conclusions can then be drawn on the 100% cellulosic web performance with respect to end uses such as: baby, cosmetic, and disinfecting wipes.
In conjunction with this evaluation, work will be completed to characterize the performance of a renewable source finish that is currently under development for nonwoven substrates.

On Demand
Developments in Substrate Technologies I - Can 100% Cellulosic Fabrics Be Designed to Meet the Same Performance of Synthetic Fiber Web Blends? An Investigation of Performance of Novel Fiber and Fabric Treatments on 100% Cellulosic Nonwoven Wipe Fabrics

100% cellulosic fiber webs are gaining market interest to replace synthetic fiber webs because of consumer demand for a more natural, biodegradable material and the recent legislation against traditional plastic-containing materials. There is, however, a question of how the different properties of 100% cellulosic fiber webs impact the final product performance versus the synthetic fiber web blends. Fiber finish or post web treatments could potentially change the performance of the cellulosic webs to obtain properties similar to the synthetic fiber web blends, but with an improved environmental profile.
An investigation has been initiated to evaluate a series of finish formulations to provide enhanced cellulosic web performance The evaluations will be completed by comparing the absorbency profiles that are critical to the function of wipes and how they retain and/or release lotion and active ingredients. Testing of the optimum performance web finish treatments on the 100% cellulosic will be completed and compared to the performance of synthetic web blends with respect to the absorbent and release profiles. From this testing, conclusions can then be drawn on the 100% cellulosic web performance with respect to end uses such as: baby, cosmetic, and disinfecting wipes.
In conjunction with this evaluation, work will be completed to characterize the performance of a renewable source finish that is currently under development for nonwoven substrates.

On Demand
Flushable Wipes: Progress & Problems - U Can't Flush This

After a brief lull in 2018, during 2019 and 2020, our industry has seen a significant uptick in activity of various states considering legislation intended to address wastewater system clogs being caused by the inappropriate flushing of products, including wipes, not designed or intended to be disposed of in the toilet. Currently, several states, including California, Minnesota and New Jersey, are working on bills to address this issue while Washington state is on the verge of adopting joint industry-wastewater legislation that would focus on the “Do Not Flush” labeling of non-flushable wipes after a months long cooperative effort between industry and wastewater groups there. Here INDA’s Director of Government Affairs Jessica Franken, who has been quarterbacking the flushable wipes issue, talk about legislative activity in the various states and what we can expect next.

On Demand
Flushable Wipes: Progress & Problems - Battle of Determining “Flushability:” INDA’s GD4 vs IWSFG PAS

What testing protocol to use in determining if a wipe can be marketed as a “Flushable Wipe” has come down to a choice between the INDA/EDANA GD4 testing guidelines, and the Publicly Available Specification (PAS) of the International Waster Safety Flushability Group (IWSFG). While some progress has been made aligning on “Do Not Flush” labeling of non-flushables, a large gap remains between the scientifically-based GD4 tests and pass/fail criteria, and the “Pee, Poop & Paper” ideology of the IWSFG. This talk will delve into the main differences between the two, and expose the dangers of policy makers opting to PAS.

On Demand
Developments in Substrate Technologies II - Cellulose Based Wipes: Our Renewable Future

There is a growing demand from consumers and governmental organizations for natural and sustainably sourced single-use wipes. Many of the disposable wipes in the segment today do not meet these demands because they contain plastics that may be harmful to the environment and sewage treatment systems. Because of this, governments are proposing more regulations that are stringent and the industry is moving towards products that are 100% biodegradable and completely dispersible when flushed.
Wood-based cellulose fibers harvested from renewable, sustainably managed forests are an excellent raw material choice for manufacturers of baby and personal care plastic free wipes. 100% native cellulose nonwoven wipes substrate were produced by wetlaid and airlaid process, followed by hydroentanglement bonding technique. This presentation highlights the impact of fiber type on physical properties of 100% cellulosic wipes made under varying hydroentangling conditions. The new physical property data of 100% cellulosic wipes are compared with the physical properties data of some commercial wipes.

On Demand
Developments in Substrate Technologies II - Introducing Polyethylene based Wipes

Wipes is one of the fastest growing market segments for nonwovens. Smithers report in 2019 placed the current market size at 3B lbs with 6.1% CAGR. The wipes market has been sub-segmented into consumer and industrial segments, with majority share (~80%) for consumer segment. The consumer wipes have been further sub-segmented into baby wipes, personal wipes and homecare wipes with almost equal market size. The most widely used polymeric materials in wipes are polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and polypropylene (PP), along with an increasing amount of biobased renewable contents such as wood pulp and cellulosic fibers. Traditionally polyethylene (PE) has not been used in wipes. This presentation will focus on the challenges and propose a method to introduce polyethylene based nonwoven substrates for the wipes application and provides a performance comparison with incumbent wipes.
Dow polyethylene resins were used in a melt extrusion process to produce wipe substrates which were subsequently treated using specific surfactants to create wet wipes. The non-woven wipe substrates were tested for key material properties such as tensile and abrasion, and application properties such as liquid and dirt pick-up to compare the performance of the polyethylene wipe substrates to the traditional wipe substrates made from PET, PP and cellulose fibers. The basis weight of PE based wipes was kept at an average basis weight of incumbent wipes. The tensile strength and abrasion/fuzz performance of PE based wipes showed equivalent or better performance than branded products. The PE based wipes also provides value propositions such as soft feel, potentially lower CO2 footprint and option for recyclability. There are added cost benefits from simpler supply chain and reduced amount of raw materials.
The goal of this presentation is to highlight the key performance metrics of polyethylene in wipes with prospective cost savings and sustainability implications.

On Demand
Bast Fibers - An Overachieving Natural Fiber
08:30 AM - 09:00 AM (EDT)
COFFEE TALK

A casual conversation between friends in a small group setting of a total of 8 people.

09:00 AM - 10:45 AM (EDT)
Session: Developments in industrial wipes
09:00 AM - 09:30 AM (EDT)
Where Clean Counts Most: Industrial Wipes & Critical Environments

When it comes to industrial wiper applications, there are Critical Environments…and everything else. Join Matt as he talks about the importance of and criteria behind the selection of wipe/wiper substrates for Critical Industrial Environments – where “clean counts most.” Topics discussed will include: industrial wipe growth trends (critical vs. non-critical environments), substrate selection criteria, ranking fabric attributes, the case against laundered alternatives and more!

09:30 AM - 10:00 AM (EDT)
Comparison of Wiper Test Standards for Cleanroom and Aerospace Markets

The wiper test methods for Society of Automotive Engineers’ (SAE) AMS3819, Cloths, Cleaning, for Aircraft Primary and Secondary Structural Surfaces and Institute of Environmental Science and Technology’s (IEST) IEST-RP-CC-004.3 and newly issued 4.4, Evaluating Wiping Materials Used in Cleanrooms and Other Controlled Environments are compared. The details behind each specification and test specific requirements are discussed. The discussion will address the evolution of the test procedures and incorporates a compare and contrast section.

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM (EDT)
Healthcare Wipe Insights: AHE's Annual Trends Data Report

The Association for the HealthCare Environment (AHE) is the recognized authority on the healthcare environment. AHE represents environmental services (EVS) directors, managers, supervisors, suppliers and consultants that direct and manage care for the patient and resident care environment across all care settings, including hospitals, long term care, continuing care retirement communities and ambulatory care. EVS staff are responsible for the cleaning and disinfection of hospitals and critical in the role of healthcare associated infection prevention.
AHE represents, defines and advances the professionals responsible for care of the healthcare environment to ensure quality outcomes and healthy communities. Each year, AHE surveys their members to identify trends in environmental services and healthcare. 2018 was the fifteenth year AHE has generated this report, providing data trends and emerging ideas from thought leaders on major issues, challenges, and opportunities facing the environmental services profession and its related disciplines.
This presentation will provide an overview and results from AHE’s 2018 Annual Trends Data report, based on 228 responses from EVS professionals in North America. Special focus will be spent on topics relevant to INDA members, such as sustainability, cleaning and disinfecting chemical, dry and pre-saturated wipe usage, as well as customer drivers for product selection.
Audience members will gain a better insight on what drives end users to select wipes in this segment, where there are still gaps available for innovation, and what requirements are needed to meet their specific cleaning and disinfecting needs.

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM (EDT)
Ask-the-Experts

A moderator guided 15-minute Q&A session with all of the session’s speakers available to answer questions, pose questions and banter back and forth with the audience.

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM (EDT)
Focused Topic - Flushability
01:00 PM - 04:30 PM (EDT)
Session: Challanges of plastics in nonwoven wipes
01:00 PM - 01:45 PM (EDT)
Are Plastics Dead in Nonwovens Wipes? What Consumers Really Want

With governments and regulatory bodies placing greater pressure on manufacturers to forge sound management practices for their use of plastics, and with some consumer groups even clamoring for “a plastic-free world,” producers of consumer wipes stand at an innovation and investment crossroads. To remain competitive, the industry must determine a path forward that accounts for disparate, and sometimes conflicting, market forces: ecology and performance, waste reduction and waste management, raw material choices and process-ability, data-driven LCAs and consumer perceptions, stakeholder value and social responsibility, production and disposal costs, positive and negative labeling, and more. Compounding the challenge is the very definition of plastic; this remains unclear, with implications for material choices.
In order to consider what a strategic roadmap for consumer wipes producers might look like, this presentation explores the concerns that have led to heightened awareness of plastics in wipes and resulting challenges, and discusses the larger picture of how the industry might address these concerns. The presentation explores viewpoints of sustainability in consumer wipes manufacturing; examines how sustainability frames decision-making about wipes manufacturing, from raw materials to processing to influencing end user and consumer behaviors; and considers what questions and factors will help define the innovation and investment strategies that best respond to the challenge of plastics in nonwoven wipes.

01:45 PM - 02:15 PM (EDT)
Pure Polyolefin Recycling at P&G and Beyond

Consumers increasingly demand sustainable products without performance and price trade-offs, and companies, like P&G, have established long-term sustainability goals that include the use of large percentages of recycled resins in their products and packaging. To satisfy consumers’ expectations and achieve companies’ goals, P&G has developed a novel purification technology that converts contaminated recycled resins into virgin-like resins.
The proprietary technology is based on using a hydrocarbon solvent at elevated temperature and pressure, and a novel combination of standard chemical engineering unit operations. These processes purify the recycled resins via removal of odor, volatile organic chemicals, and other organic and particulate contaminants and additives. Initial focus of the technology has been on polypropylene (PP). The PP purification technology was patented by P&G and licensed to Innventure, which launched PureCycle Technologies (PCT) in September 2015 to commercialize the technology. A 70 ton/year capacity pilot plant started operating in July 2019. A large 50 kt/year plant is planned to start sometime in 21/22. In parallel, purifications of other polymers are currently under development.

02:15 PM - 02:45 PM (EDT)
Ask-the-Experts
02:45 PM - 03:15 PM (EDT)
Going Certifiable: Application for Various Ecolabels and Their Differences for Wipes

When talking about biodegradability, it is important to specify the environment where a product is biodegradable. Depending on the environment, the conditions are different and it is not guaranteed that a product that is biodegradable in one environment will be in another. For this reason, TÜV AUSTRIA BELGIUM offers certification for different conformity marks according to each environment. These differences and a quick introduction on the key steps of the certification process will be explained.

03:15 PM - 03:45 PM (EDT)
Determining the Sustainability of Wipes: Test Methods and Certifications for Different Environments

The sustainability of wipes can be determined, at least in part, by the rate and extent of degradation that occurs in its intended end of life environment - as well as the impact it has when uncontrolled disposal (i.e. littering) takes place. For an increasing number of communities around the world seeking to reduce single use plastics and divert organics from landfills, this means assessing the compatibility of the wipe with large scale organic recycling facilities that utilize either aerobic composting alone or a combination of anaerobic digestion and aerobic composting. For instance, compatible wipes used during food preparation or food service can then be combined with food residues in the organics bin without the need for consumer or staff separation. Similar assessments can be made for compatibility with home composting and wastewater treatment facilities.
Standardized test methods have been developed and largely harmonized around the globe to determine whether the product can be converted by microbial processes found in these environments in a sufficiently rapid and complete manner, so that no visible residues nor harmful invisible byproducts remain and reliable facility operations are maintained. The number and scope of testing is determined by the composition of the wipe substrate as well as any formulation applied to it. Certification agencies prescribe use of these test methods and specify the pass/fail criteria in order to obtain certification. Once successful test results and/or certification is obtained, manufacturers and brand owners are able to support relevant marketing claims such as "biodegradable" and/or "compostable" depending on local regulations.

03:45 PM - 04:00 PM (EDT)
Ask-the-Experts

A moderator guided 15-minute Q&A session with all of the session’s speakers available to answer questions, pose questions and banter back and forth with the audience.

02:15 PM - 02:45 PM (EDT)
Engaging Conversations

A cocktail hour without the cocktail or the hour; a casual conversation between friends in a small group setting of a total of 8 people.

04:00 PM - 04:15 PM (EDT)
2020 World of Wipes Innovation Award® Announcement
08:50 AM - 08:55 AM (EDT)
August 25 2020
Welcome
Welcome
08:55 AM - 09:00 AM (EDT)
August 25 2020
Live Audience Poll
Live Audience Poll
09:00 AM - 11:00 AM (EDT)
August 25 2020
Session: Shifting Trade Winds and Markets
09:00 AM - 09:45 AM (EDT)
Fighting the Good Fight: Protecting Your Ideas and Supply Chain During a Trade War

The American economy is moving from one that has been focused on service and exportation of high-engineered products and more toward an innovation economy focused on ideas.
The current trade war is one in which we are trying to protect these ideas. It is these very ideas that are going to catapult us into the economy that we really ought to be managing for the next century and maybe beyond, which is one in which it doesn’t really matter where something is made, but it does matter that the idea was created, curated, and protected in the United States.
Over the past year, tariffs have been weaponized as a means of diplomacy. It appears that we’re hearkening back to the days of the early 20th century when we used import taxes to protect certain industries and impose our political will on other nations, making them think twice about how they were going to manage their international trade relations with regards to the American economy. No matter who is in the White House, we are going to see this tactic used in one form or fashion.
Mento’s keynote will focus on the idea that you’re going to need multiple plans in case this happens again. He’ll cover the over-dependence of purchasing all things from just one country like China or India and the idea that there is only one way of buying things. His talk is about Plan B or Plan C and the importance that manufacturers and service providers have those plans in order, and how this is going to be the way other countries aside from the US are likely to approach their own trade policy.

09:45 AM - 10:00 AM (EDT)
Trivia Break
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM (EDT)
Global Market for Personal Care Wipes: Product Segmentation – Adult Care in Focus

With over USD10 billion in retail sales in 2018 and nearly as much in estimated unmet potential globally, personal wipes remain an opportunity for the disposable hygiene industry. Challenges ahead certainly include legislative push and need to develop products that meet the rising sustainability movement. However, as R&D into more eco-friendly wipes continues, there is also a number of other innovation drivers that can help drive long-term demand.

Euromonitor presentation will reveal:

1) Largest and fastest growing markets for personal care wipes globally, assessing white spaces and opportunities for future growth
2) Key global trends in wipe segmentation and positioning, with select case studies
3) Trends in adult care products and wipes. Population continues to age globally. In fact, in the regions of North America, Western Europe, and Eastern Europe, the medium age of the population will approach 39 years, 42, and 42 respectively, by 2023. Women’s median age is expected to be even higher than men. The ageing trend, among other factors, will continue to present opportunities for adult incontinence products, including adult care wipes. The presentation will reveal the results of Euromonitor Consumer Health Survey, with specific focus on adult incontinence, and will review opportunities in product development and marketing in adult care wipes.

10:45 AM - 11:00 AM (EDT)
August 25 2020
Ask-the-Experts
A moderator guided 15-minute Q&A session with all of the session’s speakers available to answer questions, pose questions and banter back and forth with the audience.
02:00 PM - 03:15 PM (EDT)
August 25 2020
Session: Government Affairs & Nonwoven Data
02:00 PM - 02:30 PM (EDT)
Policy Update: What’s Happened and More Importantly, What’s Next?

It’s an election year and despite the strength of the economy, it’s still anyone’s best guess as to who will be in the White House come January 2021 or what the makeup of Congress will be. Current Washington, DC and state policy makers have kept the business community on its toes with actions on trade, plastics in the environment and more. Hear INDA’s Director of Government Affairs Jessica Franken discuss some of these important developments including the ongoing trade war with China and other trade skirmishes affecting nonwovens; the latest on the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill and U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement; updates on various federal and state plastics pollution legislation and whatever else public officials decide to lob our way in 2020.

02:30 PM - 03:00 PM (EDT)
The North American Nonwoven Wipes Markets: Growth and Why It’s So Attractive

Brad will discuss the supply-side and demand-side developments in both the North American nonwovens markets and the wipes markets. In addition, he will share the latest nonwoven wipes market outlook, highlighting the importance of economic and population trends. The presentation will highlight key findings based on market intelligence from INDA's recent publications, the North American Nonwovens Supply report and a preview from the North American Nonwovens Industry Outlook report to be published later in 2020.

03:00 PM - 03:15 PM (EDT)
August 25 2020
Ask-the-Experts
A moderator guided 15-minute Q&A session with all of the session’s speakers available to answer questions, pose questions and banter back and forth with the audience.
09:00 AM - 11:45 AM (EDT)
August 26 2020
Session: Emerging needs & wants of a changing consumer base I
09:00 AM - 09:30 AM (EDT)
100 Most Influential Wet Wipe Brands (and Their Impact on Our Industry)

Looking at the personal care category of Baby, Cosmetic and flushable wipes, this presentation will look at 100 different brands and how their products are utilizing new technologies, new packaging and new claims. We see how local launches in individual countries are different to multi-regional launches. The focus will be on wet wipes in the USA and Europe, which will highlight the similarities and differences in brands and their positioning across different regions.
In addition, we will do a deep dive into how start-ups have carved out space compared to the big, traditional brands – what are their challenges & their advantages?

09:30 AM - 10:00 AM (EDT)
Where, When and How: Snapshots of Consumers’ Use of Wipes

Weekly use of wipes continues to be a strong habit for American consumers, according to new data from the American Cleaning Institute’s 2020 National Cleaning Survey. How households are using these products today compared with a decade ago and what factors drive consumer purchase behavior will be outlined, along with summaries of every-day cleaning habits and behaviors among today’s shoppers.

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM (EDT)
London: Why Do All the Problems Start in the Pesky UK’s Capital?

For a range of reasons, many of the issues that the nonwovens and single-use disposables industries are currently responding to have emerged in London, before assuming global significance.
The first major fatberg, for example, was discovered in the city’s 19th Century sewerage system back in 2013 and more have subsequently occurred under London’s streets than anywhere else in the world.
As a result, the UK’s government became the first to propose a ban on wet wipes, and certain retail chains have already stopped stocking them.
The London Museum meanwhile made a slice of the biggest fatberg to date one of its major attractions.
This presentation will examine the phenomenon and many related issues, including the global impact of the BBC’s ‘Blue Planet TV series, the very British debate about teabags and inevitably, the impact of Brexit.

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM (EDT)
Tackling Social Taboos: Reflecting Real Life for Real Profits

As advertisers and marketers, we have an opportunity to reflect the status quo or push the cultural needle forward. So much of our normal everyday lives has been hushed by society, stigmatized and shamed. When brands engage with people in real, authentic, and emotional ways that show they are on their side, they create a lasting connection and build brand advocacy. Consider this a call to action for brands to use their power and might to break barriers while making product breakthroughs (and the money will follow).

11:30 AM - 11:45 AM (EDT)
Ask-the-Experts

A moderator guided 15-minute Q&A session with all of the session’s speakers available to answer questions, pose questions and banter back and forth with the audience.

02:00 PM - 02:45 PM (EDT)
August 26 2020
PANEL DISCUSSION: Session: Plastics - Changing Consumer Priorities & Perspectives in the Age of COVID-19
02:00 PM - 02:45 PM (EDT)
Changing perspectives about plastics in the EU
02:00 PM - 02:45 PM (EDT)
The impact of COVID19

The impact of COVID19 on the wipe supply chain. How will the post-COVID19 future look different than the past?

02:00 PM - 02:45 PM (EDT)
Topic: Post-COVID19 buying habits

Post-COVID19 buying habits – Which habits stuck, which are likely to fall away over time and which will shed the moment the all clear signal is given?

02:45 PM - 03:00 PM (EDT)
Ask-the-Experts
03:00 PM - 03:30 PM (EDT)
August 26 2020
2020 World of Wipes Innovation Award® Presentations
03:00 PM - 03:10 PM (EDT)
DETEX® Metal Detectable Scouring Pad

DETEX® Metal Detectable Scouring Pad

03:10 PM - 03:20 PM (EDT)
NUGEN® NR Disinfectant Wipe

NUGEN® NR Disinfectant Wipe

03:20 PM - 03:30 PM (EDT)
Food Fresh Liners

Food Fresh Liners

03:30 PM - 03:45 PM (EDT)
August 26 2020
Ask-the-Panelists
03:45 PM - 03:50 PM (EDT)
August 26 2020
Live Audience Poll - Awards
03:45 PM - 03:50 PM (EDT)
Live Audience Poll - Awards
09:00 AM - 10:45 AM (EDT)
August 27 2020
Session: Developments in industrial wipes
09:00 AM - 09:30 AM (EDT)
Where Clean Counts Most: Industrial Wipes & Critical Environments

When it comes to industrial wiper applications, there are Critical Environments…and everything else. Join Matt as he talks about the importance of and criteria behind the selection of wipe/wiper substrates for Critical Industrial Environments – where “clean counts most.” Topics discussed will include: industrial wipe growth trends (critical vs. non-critical environments), substrate selection criteria, ranking fabric attributes, the case against laundered alternatives and more!

09:30 AM - 10:00 AM (EDT)
Comparison of Wiper Test Standards for Cleanroom and Aerospace Markets

The wiper test methods for Society of Automotive Engineers’ (SAE) AMS3819, Cloths, Cleaning, for Aircraft Primary and Secondary Structural Surfaces and Institute of Environmental Science and Technology’s (IEST) IEST-RP-CC-004.3 and newly issued 4.4, Evaluating Wiping Materials Used in Cleanrooms and Other Controlled Environments are compared. The details behind each specification and test specific requirements are discussed. The discussion will address the evolution of the test procedures and incorporates a compare and contrast section.

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM (EDT)
Healthcare Wipe Insights: AHE's Annual Trends Data Report

The Association for the HealthCare Environment (AHE) is the recognized authority on the healthcare environment. AHE represents environmental services (EVS) directors, managers, supervisors, suppliers and consultants that direct and manage care for the patient and resident care environment across all care settings, including hospitals, long term care, continuing care retirement communities and ambulatory care. EVS staff are responsible for the cleaning and disinfection of hospitals and critical in the role of healthcare associated infection prevention.
AHE represents, defines and advances the professionals responsible for care of the healthcare environment to ensure quality outcomes and healthy communities. Each year, AHE surveys their members to identify trends in environmental services and healthcare. 2018 was the fifteenth year AHE has generated this report, providing data trends and emerging ideas from thought leaders on major issues, challenges, and opportunities facing the environmental services profession and its related disciplines.
This presentation will provide an overview and results from AHE’s 2018 Annual Trends Data report, based on 228 responses from EVS professionals in North America. Special focus will be spent on topics relevant to INDA members, such as sustainability, cleaning and disinfecting chemical, dry and pre-saturated wipe usage, as well as customer drivers for product selection.
Audience members will gain a better insight on what drives end users to select wipes in this segment, where there are still gaps available for innovation, and what requirements are needed to meet their specific cleaning and disinfecting needs.

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM (EDT)
Ask-the-Experts

A moderator guided 15-minute Q&A session with all of the session’s speakers available to answer questions, pose questions and banter back and forth with the audience.

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM (EDT)
August 27 2020
Focused Topic - Flushability
01:00 PM - 04:30 PM (EDT)
August 27 2020
Session: Challanges of plastics in nonwoven wipes
01:00 PM - 01:45 PM (EDT)
Are Plastics Dead in Nonwovens Wipes? What Consumers Really Want

With governments and regulatory bodies placing greater pressure on manufacturers to forge sound management practices for their use of plastics, and with some consumer groups even clamoring for “a plastic-free world,” producers of consumer wipes stand at an innovation and investment crossroads. To remain competitive, the industry must determine a path forward that accounts for disparate, and sometimes conflicting, market forces: ecology and performance, waste reduction and waste management, raw material choices and process-ability, data-driven LCAs and consumer perceptions, stakeholder value and social responsibility, production and disposal costs, positive and negative labeling, and more. Compounding the challenge is the very definition of plastic; this remains unclear, with implications for material choices.
In order to consider what a strategic roadmap for consumer wipes producers might look like, this presentation explores the concerns that have led to heightened awareness of plastics in wipes and resulting challenges, and discusses the larger picture of how the industry might address these concerns. The presentation explores viewpoints of sustainability in consumer wipes manufacturing; examines how sustainability frames decision-making about wipes manufacturing, from raw materials to processing to influencing end user and consumer behaviors; and considers what questions and factors will help define the innovation and investment strategies that best respond to the challenge of plastics in nonwoven wipes.

01:45 PM - 02:15 PM (EDT)
Pure Polyolefin Recycling at P&G and Beyond

Consumers increasingly demand sustainable products without performance and price trade-offs, and companies, like P&G, have established long-term sustainability goals that include the use of large percentages of recycled resins in their products and packaging. To satisfy consumers’ expectations and achieve companies’ goals, P&G has developed a novel purification technology that converts contaminated recycled resins into virgin-like resins.
The proprietary technology is based on using a hydrocarbon solvent at elevated temperature and pressure, and a novel combination of standard chemical engineering unit operations. These processes purify the recycled resins via removal of odor, volatile organic chemicals, and other organic and particulate contaminants and additives. Initial focus of the technology has been on polypropylene (PP). The PP purification technology was patented by P&G and licensed to Innventure, which launched PureCycle Technologies (PCT) in September 2015 to commercialize the technology. A 70 ton/year capacity pilot plant started operating in July 2019. A large 50 kt/year plant is planned to start sometime in 21/22. In parallel, purifications of other polymers are currently under development.

02:15 PM - 02:45 PM (EDT)
Ask-the-Experts
02:45 PM - 03:15 PM (EDT)
Going Certifiable: Application for Various Ecolabels and Their Differences for Wipes

When talking about biodegradability, it is important to specify the environment where a product is biodegradable. Depending on the environment, the conditions are different and it is not guaranteed that a product that is biodegradable in one environment will be in another. For this reason, TÜV AUSTRIA BELGIUM offers certification for different conformity marks according to each environment. These differences and a quick introduction on the key steps of the certification process will be explained.

03:15 PM - 03:45 PM (EDT)
Determining the Sustainability of Wipes: Test Methods and Certifications for Different Environments

The sustainability of wipes can be determined, at least in part, by the rate and extent of degradation that occurs in its intended end of life environment - as well as the impact it has when uncontrolled disposal (i.e. littering) takes place. For an increasing number of communities around the world seeking to reduce single use plastics and divert organics from landfills, this means assessing the compatibility of the wipe with large scale organic recycling facilities that utilize either aerobic composting alone or a combination of anaerobic digestion and aerobic composting. For instance, compatible wipes used during food preparation or food service can then be combined with food residues in the organics bin without the need for consumer or staff separation. Similar assessments can be made for compatibility with home composting and wastewater treatment facilities.
Standardized test methods have been developed and largely harmonized around the globe to determine whether the product can be converted by microbial processes found in these environments in a sufficiently rapid and complete manner, so that no visible residues nor harmful invisible byproducts remain and reliable facility operations are maintained. The number and scope of testing is determined by the composition of the wipe substrate as well as any formulation applied to it. Certification agencies prescribe use of these test methods and specify the pass/fail criteria in order to obtain certification. Once successful test results and/or certification is obtained, manufacturers and brand owners are able to support relevant marketing claims such as "biodegradable" and/or "compostable" depending on local regulations.

03:45 PM - 04:00 PM (EDT)
Ask-the-Experts

A moderator guided 15-minute Q&A session with all of the session’s speakers available to answer questions, pose questions and banter back and forth with the audience.

04:00 PM - 04:15 PM (EDT)
August 27 2020
2020 World of Wipes Innovation Award® Announcement
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
August 25 2020
EXHIBITS

Visit the exhibitor's rooms to see their tabletops!

12:00 PM - 01:00 PM (EDT)
August 25 2020
AFTERNOON TEA
A lunchtime beverage hour hosted by some of the best personalities our industry has to offer. Bring your preferred beverage and jump into the room of your choice to chat about work, COVID, WAH, “news & needs”, etc....
03:15 PM - 04:15 PM (EDT)
August 25 2020
SPEED MEETINGS
Speed dating designed for networking with other attendees.
05:00 PM - 06:00 PM (EDT)
August 25 2020
COCKTAIL HOUR
An hour-long cocktail time hosted by some of the best personalities our industry has to offer. Bring your preferred beverage and jump into the room of your choice to chat about work, COVID, WAH, “news & needs”, etc....
08:30 AM - 09:00 AM (EDT)
August 26 2020
COFFEE TALK
A casual conversation between friends in a small group setting of a total of 8 people.
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM (EDT)
August 26 2020
Engaging Conversations

A cocktail hour without the cocktail or the hour; a casual conversation between friends in a small group setting of a total of 8 people.

01:00 PM - 02:00 PM (EDT)
August 26 2020
AFTERNOON TEA
A lunchtime beverage hour hosted by some of the best personalities our industry has to offer. Bring your preferred beverage and jump into the room of your choice to chat about work, COVID, WAH, “news & needs”, etc....
02:45 PM - 03:00 PM (EDT)
August 26 2020
TRIVIA BREAK
04:00 PM - 05:00 PM (EDT)
August 26 2020
EXHIBITS

Visit the exhibitor's rooms to see their tabletops!

05:00 PM - 06:00 PM (EDT)
August 26 2020
COCKTAIL HOUR
An hour-long cocktail time hosted by some of the best personalities our industry has to offer. Bring your preferred beverage and jump into the room of your choice to chat about work, COVID, WAH, “news & needs”, etc....
08:30 AM - 09:00 AM (EDT)
August 27 2020
COFFEE TALK
A casual conversation between friends in a small group setting of a total of 8 people.
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM (EDT)
August 27 2020
Focused Topic - Flushability
02:15 PM - 02:45 PM (EDT)
August 27 2020
Engaging Conversations

A cocktail hour without the cocktail or the hour; a casual conversation between friends in a small group setting of a total of 8 people.

08:00 AM - 04:21 PM (EDT)
August 24 2020
Academy - Monday
08:00 AM - 08:51 AM (EDT)
Section 1: Brief Overview of Wipes
08:51 AM - 09:06 AM (EDT)
Q&A
09:06 AM - 10:40 AM (EDT)
Section 2: Nonwoven Substrates for Wipes – Materials and Processes
10:40 AM - 10:55 PM (EDT)
Q&A
02:15 PM - 03:27 PM (EDT)
Section 3: Liquid Ingredients A - Z . . . Anti-aging to Zinc Oxide
03:27 PM - 03:42 PM (EDT)
Q&A
03:42 PM - 04:06 PM (EDT)
Section 4: Packaging Materials
04:06 PM - 04:21 PM (EDT)
Q&A
04:30 PM - 05:30 PM (EDT)
August 24 2020
COCKTAIL HOUR

An hour-long cocktail time hosted by some of the best personalities our industry has to offer. Bring your preferred beverage and jump into the room of your choice to chat about work, COVID, WAH, “news & needs”, etc....

11:00 AM - 03:21 PM (EDT)
August 25 2020
Academy - Tuesday
11:00 AM - 11:20 AM (EDT)
Section 5: Wipe Converting Processes: The “-ings”
11:20 AM - 11:35 AM (EDT)
Q&A
11:35 AM - 11:58 AM (EDT)
Section 6: Wipe Development & Manufacture - Bringing It All Together
11:58 AM - 12:13 AM (EDT)
Q&A
01:30 PM - 01:48 PM (EDT)
Case Study: Baby Wipes
01:48 PM - 02:03 PM (EDT)
Q&A
02:03 PM - 02:20 PM (EDT)
Section 7: Cost Effective Production & Sustainability
02:20 PM - 02:35 PM (EDT)
Q&A
02:35 PM - 03:06 PM (EDT)
Section 8: Quality, Stability, Recalls and Related Matters
03:06 PM - 03:21 PM (EDT)
Q&A
02:00 PM - 03:15 PM (EDT)
August 25 2020
Session: Government Affairs & Nonwoven Data
02:00 PM - 02:30 PM (EDT)
Policy Update: What’s Happened and More Importantly, What’s Next?

It’s an election year and despite the strength of the economy, it’s still anyone’s best guess as to who will be in the White House come January 2021 or what the makeup of Congress will be. Current Washington, DC and state policy makers have kept the business community on its toes with actions on trade, plastics in the environment and more. Hear INDA’s Director of Government Affairs Jessica Franken discuss some of these important developments including the ongoing trade war with China and other trade skirmishes affecting nonwovens; the latest on the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill and U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement; updates on various federal and state plastics pollution legislation and whatever else public officials decide to lob our way in 2020.

02:30 PM - 03:00 PM (EDT)
The North American Nonwoven Wipes Markets: Growth and Why It’s So Attractive

Brad will discuss the supply-side and demand-side developments in both the North American nonwovens markets and the wipes markets. In addition, he will share the latest nonwoven wipes market outlook, highlighting the importance of economic and population trends. The presentation will highlight key findings based on market intelligence from INDA's recent publications, the North American Nonwovens Supply report and a preview from the North American Nonwovens Industry Outlook report to be published later in 2020.

08:00 AM - 01:47 PM (EDT)
August 26 2020
Academy - Wednesday
08:00 AM - 08:29 AM (EDT)
Section 10: Consumer/Customer Understanding
08:29 AM - 08:44 AM (EDT)
Q&A
12:45 PM - 01:32 PM (EDT)
Section 11: Influential Issues, Regulations and Flushability
01:32 PM - 01:47 PM (EDT)
Q&A
On Demand
Developments in Substrate Technologies I - The Shifting Sands on Single Use Plastics – Navigating Regulation, Legislation and Consumer Opinion

The pressure on single-use plastics continues, in the last 12 months more countries and municipalities have banned the sale of certain single-use plastics and there seems to be an endless wave of consumer awareness of plastics in the ocean and marine litter.

This paper will try to provide the latest information on where regulation and legislation activities are today in North America and in other parts of the world. It will also highlight the positioning that key retailers are taking in response to both this & potentially more importantly the opinions of their customers, all from the perspective of the consumer wipes business.

A summary and assessment of the nonwovens industry response to these pressures will be provided along with a roadmap for potential technology solutions and their relative merits.

On Demand
Developments in Substrate Technologies I - Hemp Fiber from Front to Back: Wipe the Right Way

Sustainable designs, processes, and supply chains that create ethical and diverse product offerings are now the norm and expectation to meet both consumer and regulatory demands. Hemp fiber integration meets and exceeds these demands but not without some difficulties. We will review the extraordinary technical advantages and sustainable processes inherent to hemp fiber and the unique challenges we face to bring this compostable feedstock to the wipes market.

On Demand
Developments in Substrate Technologies I - Can 100% Cellulosic Fabrics Be Designed to Meet the Same Performance of Synthetic Fiber Web Blends? An Investigation of Performance of Novel Fiber and Fabric Treatments on 100% Cellulosic Nonwoven Wipe Fabrics

100% cellulosic fiber webs are gaining market interest to replace synthetic fiber webs because of consumer demand for a more natural, biodegradable material and the recent legislation against traditional plastic-containing materials. There is, however, a question of how the different properties of 100% cellulosic fiber webs impact the final product performance versus the synthetic fiber web blends. Fiber finish or post web treatments could potentially change the performance of the cellulosic webs to obtain properties similar to the synthetic fiber web blends, but with an improved environmental profile.
An investigation has been initiated to evaluate a series of finish formulations to provide enhanced cellulosic web performance The evaluations will be completed by comparing the absorbency profiles that are critical to the function of wipes and how they retain and/or release lotion and active ingredients. Testing of the optimum performance web finish treatments on the 100% cellulosic will be completed and compared to the performance of synthetic web blends with respect to the absorbent and release profiles. From this testing, conclusions can then be drawn on the 100% cellulosic web performance with respect to end uses such as: baby, cosmetic, and disinfecting wipes.
In conjunction with this evaluation, work will be completed to characterize the performance of a renewable source finish that is currently under development for nonwoven substrates.

On Demand
Developments in Substrate Technologies I - Can 100% Cellulosic Fabrics Be Designed to Meet the Same Performance of Synthetic Fiber Web Blends? An Investigation of Performance of Novel Fiber and Fabric Treatments on 100% Cellulosic Nonwoven Wipe Fabrics

100% cellulosic fiber webs are gaining market interest to replace synthetic fiber webs because of consumer demand for a more natural, biodegradable material and the recent legislation against traditional plastic-containing materials. There is, however, a question of how the different properties of 100% cellulosic fiber webs impact the final product performance versus the synthetic fiber web blends. Fiber finish or post web treatments could potentially change the performance of the cellulosic webs to obtain properties similar to the synthetic fiber web blends, but with an improved environmental profile.
An investigation has been initiated to evaluate a series of finish formulations to provide enhanced cellulosic web performance The evaluations will be completed by comparing the absorbency profiles that are critical to the function of wipes and how they retain and/or release lotion and active ingredients. Testing of the optimum performance web finish treatments on the 100% cellulosic will be completed and compared to the performance of synthetic web blends with respect to the absorbent and release profiles. From this testing, conclusions can then be drawn on the 100% cellulosic web performance with respect to end uses such as: baby, cosmetic, and disinfecting wipes.
In conjunction with this evaluation, work will be completed to characterize the performance of a renewable source finish that is currently under development for nonwoven substrates.

On Demand
Flushable Wipes: Progress & Problems - U Can't Flush This

After a brief lull in 2018, during 2019 and 2020, our industry has seen a significant uptick in activity of various states considering legislation intended to address wastewater system clogs being caused by the inappropriate flushing of products, including wipes, not designed or intended to be disposed of in the toilet. Currently, several states, including California, Minnesota and New Jersey, are working on bills to address this issue while Washington state is on the verge of adopting joint industry-wastewater legislation that would focus on the “Do Not Flush” labeling of non-flushable wipes after a months long cooperative effort between industry and wastewater groups there. Here INDA’s Director of Government Affairs Jessica Franken, who has been quarterbacking the flushable wipes issue, talk about legislative activity in the various states and what we can expect next.

On Demand
Flushable Wipes: Progress & Problems - Battle of Determining “Flushability:” INDA’s GD4 vs IWSFG PAS

What testing protocol to use in determining if a wipe can be marketed as a “Flushable Wipe” has come down to a choice between the INDA/EDANA GD4 testing guidelines, and the Publicly Available Specification (PAS) of the International Waster Safety Flushability Group (IWSFG). While some progress has been made aligning on “Do Not Flush” labeling of non-flushables, a large gap remains between the scientifically-based GD4 tests and pass/fail criteria, and the “Pee, Poop & Paper” ideology of the IWSFG. This talk will delve into the main differences between the two, and expose the dangers of policy makers opting to PAS.

On Demand
Developments in Substrate Technologies II - Cellulose Based Wipes: Our Renewable Future

There is a growing demand from consumers and governmental organizations for natural and sustainably sourced single-use wipes. Many of the disposable wipes in the segment today do not meet these demands because they contain plastics that may be harmful to the environment and sewage treatment systems. Because of this, governments are proposing more regulations that are stringent and the industry is moving towards products that are 100% biodegradable and completely dispersible when flushed.
Wood-based cellulose fibers harvested from renewable, sustainably managed forests are an excellent raw material choice for manufacturers of baby and personal care plastic free wipes. 100% native cellulose nonwoven wipes substrate were produced by wetlaid and airlaid process, followed by hydroentanglement bonding technique. This presentation highlights the impact of fiber type on physical properties of 100% cellulosic wipes made under varying hydroentangling conditions. The new physical property data of 100% cellulosic wipes are compared with the physical properties data of some commercial wipes.

On Demand
Developments in Substrate Technologies II - Introducing Polyethylene based Wipes

Wipes is one of the fastest growing market segments for nonwovens. Smithers report in 2019 placed the current market size at 3B lbs with 6.1% CAGR. The wipes market has been sub-segmented into consumer and industrial segments, with majority share (~80%) for consumer segment. The consumer wipes have been further sub-segmented into baby wipes, personal wipes and homecare wipes with almost equal market size. The most widely used polymeric materials in wipes are polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and polypropylene (PP), along with an increasing amount of biobased renewable contents such as wood pulp and cellulosic fibers. Traditionally polyethylene (PE) has not been used in wipes. This presentation will focus on the challenges and propose a method to introduce polyethylene based nonwoven substrates for the wipes application and provides a performance comparison with incumbent wipes.
Dow polyethylene resins were used in a melt extrusion process to produce wipe substrates which were subsequently treated using specific surfactants to create wet wipes. The non-woven wipe substrates were tested for key material properties such as tensile and abrasion, and application properties such as liquid and dirt pick-up to compare the performance of the polyethylene wipe substrates to the traditional wipe substrates made from PET, PP and cellulose fibers. The basis weight of PE based wipes was kept at an average basis weight of incumbent wipes. The tensile strength and abrasion/fuzz performance of PE based wipes showed equivalent or better performance than branded products. The PE based wipes also provides value propositions such as soft feel, potentially lower CO2 footprint and option for recyclability. There are added cost benefits from simpler supply chain and reduced amount of raw materials.
The goal of this presentation is to highlight the key performance metrics of polyethylene in wipes with prospective cost savings and sustainability implications.

On Demand
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August 24, 2020 10:07 am

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Christopher Plotz
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August 24, 2020 2:27 pm

Hey Davis.

Tony Bryant
Tony Bryant
August 25, 2020 10:51 am

Hi everyone. Shemesh Automation are here and would be happy to answer any questions relating to canister, pouch or tub line automation.

Peter Shannon
Peter Shannon
August 25, 2020 12:38 pm

Hi everyone, Indeva is involved in any type of manufacturing application, we are in the material handling business and help customers manipulate any kind of material in production facilities. We also have many years of experience in the NW industry, please let me know if you have any questions. I will be available any day.http://www.indevagroup.com

Jeremy Stuck
Jeremy Stuck
August 25, 2020 3:19 pm

Hello everyone, for 45 years Robinson has been fabricating and manufacturing custom automation solutions for a wide range of industries.  With deep roots in the Green Bay, Wisconsin area, our

engineering expertise brings a level of creativity and process excellence for customers focused on enhancing operations and maximizing return on
investment.  Get it all with a complete Robinson wipes system featuring our Momentum canister loader.  https://www.robinsoninc.com/ride-our-momentum-to-a-faster-wipes-system/

Marina Rosental
Marina Rosental
August 26, 2020 9:31 am

Davik is a leading manufacturer of adhesive solutions, among which - slicing tape for meatl and color detectors, finger lift tape, carry handle tape.
Visit today our booth to get more information:
https://inda-wipes20.myconferencenow.com/exhibitor/davik-ltd/

Cindy Garcia
Cindy Garcia
August 26, 2020 2:50 pm

Attendees please don't forget to check your emails at 3:30 pm EDT today for a link to Vote for the WORLD OF WIPES INNOVATION AWARD®. If you do not see the email please let me know [email protected] and I'll be sure to send you the link to cast your vote. Voting closes on Thursday, August 27th 12:00 pm EDT. Thank you!

Justin Gutierrez
Justin Gutierrez
Reply to  Cindy Garcia
August 26, 2020 4:04 pm

Hello Cindy - Have not seen a voting email yet. Just want to make sure I don't miss it.

Cindy Garcia
Cindy Garcia
Reply to  Justin Gutierrez
August 26, 2020 4:07 pm

Hi Justin, the email was sent from following address; cgarcia[email protected] via SurveyMonkey <[email protected]>. Please make sure it wasn't accidently diverted to "junk" folder

Lori Reynolds
Lori Reynolds
Reply to  Justin Gutierrez
August 27, 2020 9:02 am

Justin, We have you as already voting with the TAB committee.

Karl Bours
Karl Bours
August 27, 2020 9:03 am

Did the conference just started (according to schedule) or are we 30 minutes late

Justin Gutierrez
Justin Gutierrez
Reply to  Karl Bours
August 27, 2020 10:20 am

Hello Karl, Coffee Talk networking was from 8:30-9. The talks started at 9. You were right on time!

John Poccia
John Poccia
August 27, 2020 10:37 am

Does anyone know where to find Jason Finnis on demand presentation?

Joseph Tessari
Joseph Tessari
Reply to  John Poccia
August 27, 2020 2:11 pm

Click on Schedule, select "Sort by Track", then select "ON DEMAND".

Robert Giammanco
Robert Giammanco
August 27, 2020 11:42 am

Is it possible to join a networking session on an iPhone?

John Poccia
John Poccia
August 27, 2020 12:03 pm

Difficult getting into the networking rooms video

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