Essity Joins European Research Project Focusing On Circular Sensor Technology

As part of the project, electronic products will be redesigned to become circular, compostable, and reusable while highlighting business opportunities in sustainable electronics. (Photo courtesy of Essity)

The hygiene and health company Essity has joined the European research project Sustronics, which is supporting the development of circular electronic products. Companies and universities from 11 countries will, together with Essity, develop sensor-based digital solutions for self and professional care.

The main purpose of Sustronics is to transform the European electronics industry and promote a more circular economy using eco-design, bio-based materials and energy-efficient manufacturing. As part of the project, electronic products will be redesigned to become circular, compostable, and reusable while highlighting business opportunities in sustainable electronics.

The research project consists of nine pilot studies with a focus on health care and diagnostics. Prototypes will be developed and in parallel life cycle assessments and methods for eco-design will be applied to ensure sustainability.

“Essity is leading and participating in two pilot studies. One study aims to develop a reusable sensor — integrated into incontinence products — that measures temperature, humidity, and enzymes in order to avoid incontinence-related skin problems while enhancing health care quality. The sensor uses data and AI algorithms to provide insights to the user or caregiver, using a smartphone, about such issues as skin health,” according to a press release. “The second pilot study involves the development of a smart wound dressing fitted with sensors that measure temperature, pH, and biomarkers for infection in the wound. The solution has the potential to both enhance patient well-being and reduce health care costs.”

“Advances in sensor technology can drastically improve preventive care and be a game changer for large patient groups. Through the Sustronics research project, we can further strengthen our innovative capacity while in parallel improving people’s health and well-being, and contribute to a more sustainable and circular society,” Tuomas Yrjölä, President Global Brand, Innovation and Sustainability at Essity, said.

Essity provides incontinence and wound care products with the brands TENA, Cutimed, Leukoplast, and the wound care technology Sorbact. The digital hygiene and health solutions developed by Essity increase well-being for people and the planet. Visit essity.com.

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