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Freudenberg Unveils PCR Fabric, Restarts Idled Line

Freudenberg Nonwovens, Durham, N.C., has introduced Lutradur® ECO, a polyester nonwoven fabric made from 100-percent post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic. Since the original Lutradur fabric's debut in 2008, the company has steadily increased the amount of PCR plastic up to 90 percent, and Lutradur ECO is the first product containing only PCR plastic.

Freudenberg's Spunlaid Division will consume some 12.4 million recycled two-liter plastic bottles this year in Lutradur production. A closed-loop manufacturing process recycles scrap back into the product, reducing waste by an additional 9,000 tons per year.

The company is restarting an idled spunbond line to meet demand for Lutradur ECO, adding 16 jobs.

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