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We have good news for the many absorbent hygiene professionals who missed EDANA’s OUTLOOK 2022 Europe conference in Malta. For this episode of ‘Attached to Hygiene’, host Jack Hughes talks briefly with 11 of the event’s speakers to get an overview of their presentations.

Advances toward greater sustainability in the absorbent hygiene industry

The goal of achieving a more circular model was one common topic addressed by many of the event’s guests. Specifics included lessons from other industries, technological innovations, and insights on how to measure sustainability. As these science-based questions are explored, there is another question to consider: Will the industry as a whole need to adopt a new business model to fully embrace circularity?

Health and regulations for period care products and other absorbent articles

Consumer health was another theme shared by numerous speakers. Unified methods and metrics, challenges in testing for trace compounds, and the ISO TC338 standard on menstrual products were all considered. Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) was featured in multiple discussions: what causes it, what contributes to it, and how can the industry address consumer concerns.

Outline of the Episode

  • [1:10] About OUTLOOK 2022
  • [2:10] Keynote Speaker Robert Ward: ‘War, Sanctions, Energy Market Disruptions, Inflation—The Outlook for the Global Economy in 2023’
  • [3:53] Colin Hanna: ‘Advancements in Recycling Technology: Opportunities and Challenges for AHPs’
  • [4:49] Christel Dendas: ‘Nonwoven in the Transition to Circular Economy’
  • [6:04] Dr. Stefanie Schmid-Schlager: ‘Safe Menstrual Products and Facts About TSS’
  • [9:01] Dr. Edgar Herrmann: ‘The Lab Testing Challenge for Hygiene Products—Need for Clear Safety and Performance Related Criteria’
  • [10:10] Marta Roche Díez: ‘How the Industry Prepares for the ISO TC338 Standard on Menstrual Products’
  • [11:29] Lori Shaffer: ‘Sustainable Materials Deliver Better Care for a Better World’
  • [13:21] Carsten Saal: ‘How Does the Green Deal of the EU Affect the Use of Chemicals in Consumer Products?—Analytical Risk Assessment for Hygiene Products’
  • [19:31] Dr. Taryn Kirsch and Marines Lagemaat: ‘Stewardship Programme for Absorbent Hygiene Products’
  • [20:45] CODEX, a voluntary initiative to demonstrate to our stakeholders that our products are safe
  • [22:24] Getting to know Murat Dogru, the new General Manager of EDANA
  • [23:39] Murat Dogru on the panel discussion, ‘Impact of the Energy Situation on the Hygiene Industry’
  • [25:39] EDANA’s hopes for next year’s conference in Portugal, October 2023


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  Visit the OUTLOOK 2022 website to learn more about the conference and speakers.

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