ECOFUSE™ Plant Based Nonwoven Materials Expected To Reduce GHG Emissions

CALGARY — May 16, 2023 — Roswell Textiles provides update on the carbon emission reduction potential of its flagship plant based nonwoven materials known as ECOFUSE™.

Roswell Textiles announces that its proprietary biopolymer nonwoven materials, sold under the brand name of ECOFUSE, are expected to reduce total GHG emissions by 3,750 MT CO2 per year, growing to over 10,000 MT CO2 by year 2030 as increased adoption is achieved. ECOFUSE technology is expected to initially reduce 1,500 MT CO2 in the Energy Sector with proprietary water filtration bags that are used in industrial water processing, 1,500 MT CO2 in the food and beverage industry by replacing synthetic polypropylene-based materials, 400 MT CO2 in the HVAC filtration industry and 350 MT CO2 in the Healthcare industry.

3,750 MT CO2 is a significant amount of carbon emissions. Here are some examples to help visualize how much CO2 that is:

  • The average commercial flight produces around 0.11 MT CO2 per hour per passenger. 3,750 MT CO2 is equivalent to the emissions from approximately 34,000 passenger hours of air travel (that’s about 3.88 years of continuous flying).
  • The average passenger car emits around 4.6 metric tons of CO2 per year. 3,750 metric tons of CO2 is equivalent to the annual emissions of approximately 815 passenger cars.
  • It’s about the emissions of 194,000 propane cylinders used for home barbeques.
  • It’s about 38.1 acres of forest preserved from deforestation.

With increased adoption as ECOFUSE materials become more widely utilized in technical and product applications, the average GHG emission reduction achieved on an annual basis could exceed 10,000 MT CO2. 10,000 MT CO2 is approximately:

  • 10,000 metric tons of CO2 is equivalent to the emissions from approximately 95,000 passenger hours of air travel (that’s about 10.84 years of continuous flying).
  • 10,000 metric tons of CO2 is equivalent to annual emissions of approximately 2,170 passenger cars.
  • It’s about the emissions of 517,000 propane cylinders used in home barbeques.
  • It’s about 102 acres of forest preserved from deforestation

ECOFUSE materials are being used by Roswell Textile’s strategic partners and clients to decrease the carbon footprint of their products (generally speaking, the raw materials used to manufacture ECOFUSE have a 70-percent smaller carbon footprint than the conventional synthetic polymer materials made in the United States). The ECOFUSE materials are already commercial in medical filtration (510(k) approved face masks, respirators, etc.), water filtration (industrial water processing filters) and residential filtration applications (first HVAC filters made with plant-based materials) with additional commercialization processes underway for the use of ECOFUSE materials in hygiene, food and beverage packaging as well as in construction materials.

ECOFUSE materials, once fully adopted and commercial, will be displacing conventional synthetic polypropylene plastics in medical gowns, drapes, wraps, bed sheets, pillows, dressings, wipes, coffee filtration, teabags, absorbent pads, insulation bags, packaging, home wrap, plastic wrap/packaging, HVAC filters, ventilators, fluid filtration, geotextiles, grain bags, silage wraps, seeding bags, and car filters.

Roswell Textiles, as a result of engineering and manufacturing their own production machinery in-house, utilizes proprietary production technologies that allow for the technical processing of biopolymers to achieve the high-performance requirements in nonwoven materials that have previously been impossible to achieve at commercial scale.

ECOFUSE materials are being used to increase OEM’s accomplishment of net zero carbon emissions in their product lines, as well as helping companies and industries reduce their carbon emissions to be in compliance with federally and internationally mandated carbon reduction policies. ECOFUSE meltblown materials, currently in commercial use in regulated and highly technical applications, are certified to be 100-percent biobased by the United States Department of Agriculture BioPreferred Program. ECOFUSE materials are eligible to create carbon offsets and directly align with The Paris Agreement, COP26 Initiatives, WHO, the Canadian Governments 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan, US federal executive orders and legislation (the Federal Buy Clean Initiative, Inflation Reduction Act, Building a Clean Energy Economy, and sustainable procurement initiatives).

Posted: May 16, 2023

Source: Roswell Textiles