Wood-Based Alternative: Feminine Hygiene Fibers from Kelheim

The fibers for the feminine hygiene products by the German company offer ecological advantage

March 31, 2020

Kelheim has introduced premium tampon fiber Galaxy® which is evidently effective in sanitary pads. The fiber can substitute up to 70% of the synthetics in ADL (Acquisition-Distribution-Layers) in feminine hygiene pads which makes it to be a safe and eco-friendly alternative.


The amount of feminine hygiene waste is enormous and often the time it takes for these products to degrade is hundreds of years because the synthetic components are not bio-degradable in the environment. The changing consumer behavior is influencing the demand for environmentally friendly yet safe alternatives in the market.

The viscose hygiene fibers from Kelheim offer significant ecologic advantages: they are made from cellulose, which means they are based on renewable wood and they are fully biodegradable. These fibers are manufactured exclusively in Germany, in one of the most environmentally friendly plants worldwide.

Galaxy® in sanitary pads offers not only environment-related advantages, however, due to its excellent wicking and absorption capacity it conducts liquids quickly and efficiently away from the body and leaves a pleasant feeling on the skin. In addition, Galaxy® helps to distribute the liquid evenly in the absorbent core enhancing so the overall performance of the pad. In comparison to other sustainable and conventional (synthetic) materials Galaxy® excels by faster acquisition, lower rewetting and enhanced distribution.

“Plastic must disappear from these single-use products. The substitution of single synthetic components in sanitary pads is the first step”, says Dominik Mayer from the Bavarian fibre expert’s R&D team. “Down the road we want to offer a completely bio-based solution for sanitary pads and for various other hygiene applications. Its advantage – besides the functionality of our patented Galaxy® fibre: Kelheim Fibres has been a renowned partner of the hygiene industry for decades; our production fulfils highest hygiene requirements.”

Sourced via Kelheim

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