The role played by nonwovens and related products in improving the quality of life cannot be stressed enough. They are all around us and their benefits are often taken for granted.
Single-use baby diapers have improved the quality of life for millions. As the product of choice for over 95% of all families in Europe, they contribute to social progress in terms of comfort, convenience, a reduction in household chores and skin health benefits. There can be little doubt that the convenience of single-use diapers is a huge benefit to busy parents in a world where time is an increasingly precious asset. In lessening the burden of domestic chores, they free parents to spend more time on other valuable family and social activities.
The use of sanitary napkins greatly improves the ability of female workers to continue to work and prevents infections. The provision of sanitary napkins has been associated with improved menstrual hygiene and a reduction in reproductive tract infections, in addition to reducing absenteeism. In developing countries, in addition to the overall improvement of quality of life and health and hygiene benefits, the ability for girls to stay on in school has a positive impact on the growth and development of local communities, and their economic development and productivity.
In a context of ageing populations, incontinence products are an important tool in enabling those with incontinence problems to work and be active. Nonwovens and related products are present in many other areas such as filtration, where they help provide clean air and safe drinking water, medical applications where they guarantee patient safety and prevent infection and contamination or agriculture and packaging, where nonwovens help prevent food from going to waste.