05 March 2008 08:46 [Source: ICIS news]
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While the plastics industry has already begun feeling the effects as consumption was expected to drop by two-thirds, the ban had created a new market for plastic bag substitutes, sources said.
There is an increasing demand for low-cost recyclable materials, and producers believed that non-woven fabric would fit the bill.
“Non-woven fabrics are made of non-woven textile in a relatively simple and short process. Cost of equipment and labour are much lower than absolute mechanical production,” a producer said.
In addition to being more wear-resistant and durable, non-woven fabric bags do not pollute the atmosphere as much as plastic bags, he added.
While polypropylene (PP) was the best alternative to produce non-woven fabric, existing conventional fibre could also be used, producers said.
A number of non-woven fabric producers in
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