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Biorefinery for diapers waste

An integrated biorefinery for post-consumer hygiene products

April 2020
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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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Label Date April 16, 2020
From Italy
Maturity stage Initial market commercialization
Looking For Visibility; Partnership opportunities; Investment opportunities

The environmental benefits

  • 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

The Financial benefits

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

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Company Profile

Fater S.p.A.

Fater is a leader in the Italian market of sanitary products and in the European bleach market.

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Headquarters 65129 Pescara, Province of Pescara, Italy
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