Principal, RPK Consulting
BIOGRAPHYRichard Knowlson has an Honors Degree [BSc (Hons)] from Trent University in the UK. He currently owns RPK Consulting LLC which he founded in March 2019. Previously he worked for almost ten years with Jacob Holm leading their Business Development & Product Development activity.
Richard has worked in the Airlaid and Spunlace industries in Technical Development roles for more than 30 years and has multiple patents in these technologies. He has served on the INDA Board of Directors and has written and presented multiple papers at EDANA and INDA meetings all over the world.
8:30 am - 10:35 am
Plastic Free Wipes – A Natural Concept
The European Union has passed a directive on the control of Single Use Plastics that has direct effect on the materials that are likely to be used for disposable consumer wipes and other single use nonwoven products. California, the Federal US Government and Canada are all assessing similar legislation that may be implemented over the next few years. This creates a need and potential opportunity for natural fibers to be used more extensively. A technical development project was launched to test bleached and unbleached short cut cotton fibers and pulp for potential use in plastic-free wipes and MTT.