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Sappi develops new, skin-friendly hand-sanitiser ingredient.

Dissolving pulp and paper-based solutions company Sappi has launched a skin- and planet-friendly hand hygiene ingredient – Valida – which is based on cellulose and is intended to be used by hygiene product manufacturers in products like hand sanitisers.

Sappi developed the ingredient in cognisance of the impact that the daily use of hygiene products can have on people’s skin, as well as on the environment.

Sappi notes that, traditionally hand sanitisers are clear and transparent gels which contain at least 60% alcohol. According to Sappi, achieving the desired viscosity of sanitising gel can be challenging, and there are only a few thickeners (such as acrylates) that are suitable.

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