From used diapers to biochemicals

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April 2020
Headquarters 65129 Pescara, Province of Pescara, Italy
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From used diapers to biochemicals - EMBRACED - Establishing a Multi-purpose Biorefinery for the Recycling of AHP waste in a Circular Economy Domain

Worldwide 30 million tons per year of used Absorbent Hygiene Products (AHPs) end their life in landfill or incinerators. The EMBRACED biorefinery transforms them into high-value secondary raw materials.

Absorbent Hygiene Products (AHPs) have become essential everyday products in our society and their use has increased substantially. Representing 3-4% of the total municipal solid waste, Absorbent Hygiene Products (AHPs) are traditionally considered non-recyclable. Based on the valorisation of the cellulosic fraction of used AHPs waste towards the production of bio-based building blocks, polymers and fertilizers, FaterSMART aims at closing the loop for AHPs waste, reducing greenhouse gases emission and increasing sustainability.

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Key features

  • Reduces GHG emissions by 422 kg CO2eq per ton of AHP against traditional incineration
  • Reduces land use required for the production of bio-based polyesters by 90 times compared to other sources

Profitability

  • Net economic benefit up to 208 €/ton of AHPs waste

Company Profile

Maturity Stage

  • Medium and large scale commercialization
  • Small scale commercialization
  • Initial market commercialization
  • Prototype testing in the real world
  • Prototype testing 1:1 in the lab

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