The unprecedented demand for disinfecting products in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic made it an extraordinary year for wet wipes.
In 2020, both consumers and industrial/institutional users increased their rate of disinfecting wipe usage in order to reduce the infection rate of viruses as much as possible. And in 2021, lots of industrial/institutional users which were shut down or at reduced operating rates because of the Covid-19 pandemic are re-opening (such as schools, restaurants, commercial buildings, janitorial services), the usage rate of disinfecting wipes has not yet slowed.
Though it’s not sure if the demand for wet wipes like we did at the height of the pandemic anytime soon, it can be determined that consumers more than ever understand the value and convenience of these products in everyday life.So now, many people’s purchase of wet wipes is not just a “panic buy”. They can better take care of their families and homes by using cleaning and disinfecting wipes, so they are sustained interest in such products. So demand will remain high at least in recent years.
This high demand prompted wipes manufacturers to expand their production. According to the American Cleaning Institute (ACI), the second quarter of 2021 saw a much greater availability of cleaning and disinfecting wipes at local supermarkets and retailers, certainly as compared to much of 2020.
According to the wet wipes market, we can clearly judge the market trend of spunlace nonwoven. As the raw material of the wet wipes, the total global demand for the spunlace nonwoven fabric is also increasing.
According to technology, price and combine the needs of the public, spunlace nonwoven fabric manufacturers usually choose viscose/PET spunlace nonwoven fabric to make wet wipes which is made of viscose and polyester fibers as raw materials. Viscose fiber has the characteristics of strong, hydrophilic, soft, skin-friendly, low lint and meets the needs of human skin, while polyester fiber has a high strength. The combination of two kinds of fibers not only retain the advantages of viscose fiber but also improves the strength and structural stability of the product. Spunlace viscose/PET nonwoven fabric is soft, skin-friendly, super absorbent, low lint, anti-bacterial and solvent resistance. These characteristics make it a great choice for wet wipes material. It can be made in different colors and various types such as plain, mesh, embossed and printed according to the needs of customers.
However, the large-scale use of disposable sanitary products undoubtedly brings a huge burden to the environment. Sustainability was on the back burner at the height of the pandemic as households prioritized safety and hygiene. As we move through the new normal and hopefully out of the pandemic phase, sustainability will emerge front and center for home care items meaning that wipes must either adapt to environment or somehow earn themselves a‘pass’ in the mind of the regulator, brands and consumers.Driven by new directions in sustainability, new markets opening up after the pandemic and new legislation, spunlace nonwoven fabric is entering a new era. Spunlace nonwoven fabric manufacturers are also seeking new programs to meet environmental standards and consumers’ continuous demand. On this basis, biodegradable material quickly enters our vision.
As an excellent biodegradable fiber, viscose is used in the production of spunlace nonwoven fabric-Viscose Spunlace Nonwoven Fabric and Wood Pulp Viscose Spunlace Nonwoven Fabric. Because of their features of high liquid absorption, low lint, skin-friendly and solvent resistance, they can also be used in wet wipes. Most important of all, they are also environmentally friendly and biodegradable and the concept of green development is well implemented.Under the theme of “Going Greener” , this type of spunlace nonwoven fabrics will gradually become the primary choice of consumers.