Hyatt Regency Minneapolis   |   Minneapolis, Minnesota   |   June 17-20, 2024

Conference Speakers


Jonathan Fast, Ph.D.

Senior Staff Scientist, Ecolab


Jonathan Fast, PhD, is currently Senior Staff Scientist, Global Wipes Innovation at Ecolab. In this role, Jonathan leads wipes early stage technology development, supporting all of Ecolab’s global businesses, including the Healthcare, Life Sciences, Institutional and Industrial sectors. He joined Ecolab in 2008, with roles of increasing responsibility primarily focused on new disinfectant development. Jonathan currently holds 19 US patents related to industrial disinfectants and methods of use. He earned a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Tuesday, June 18
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Wiping Smart: The Rise of Sustainable Practices in the Institutional and Industrial Wipe Markets

Divergent Paths: Unraveling the Dynamics of Sustainability in Industrial/Institutional Versus Consumer Settings

Sustainability has been, and will remain, a core focus of the nonwoven industry. Globally, there have been efforts to reduce the amount of single use plastic and plastic environmental waste. The EU Single Use Plastic Directive was one major legislative action to address the challenge. Within this directive, wet wipes are included as one of the ten items of concern – however, industrial wipes are specifically exempted. This talk will explore how sustainability implementation may differ between consumer and industrial wipes, both in product design and customer expectations.