New disposable wipe ensures sustainable cleaning

Chicopee®, a brand of Berry Global and the leading producer of professional cleaning materials, is pleased to announce the launch of the new and improved J-Cloth® Biodegradable and Compostable, a compostable wipe with food contact certification for optimal safety in the food service industry.


While the J-Cloth brand has been a market-leading disposable wipe for over 40 years due to its excellent quality and advanced performance, the J-Cloth Biodegradable and Compostable wipe was introduced 5 years ago to the market as the first, not only biodegradable, but compostable wipe1 certified against DIN EN13432:2000-12, for food service. Today Chicopee is launching an improved version of the J-Cloth  Biodegradable and Compostable wipe, with a new packaging to meet the growing requirement for more sustainable cleaning solutions.


“As a company, we are always advancing to protect what is important, which is why we have set conscious goals to build a more sustainable future. We are striving to minimise the negative impact that our products and operations have on the environment, while continuing to provide superior solutions for our customers,” says Stein Bongers, Product Manager, Wipes, EMEIA at Berry Global.


While standard disposable wipes can be difficult to recycle, J-Cloth Biodegradable and Compostable wipes are made from viscose from PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) certified sources and are both compostable and biodegradable.


“These terms are often confused,” explains Bongers. “The predominant difference is that biodegradation is a naturally occurring breakdown of materials by microorganisms such as bacteria and fungi or other biological activity. Composting, on the other hand, is a human-driven process in which biodegradation occurs under a specific set of conditions. Essentially, composting is an accelerated biodegradation process which occurs due to optimised conditions.”


Bongers added: “Compostable products deliver a number of benefits, they reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill. In addition, you have a guarantee that the materials used will not produce toxins as they deteriorate. This in turn means they actually introduce environmentally beneficial and vital nutrients into the soil once they are fully broken down.”


The product’s packaging has also been optimised to make it more sustainable – the wipes come in a new biodegradable and compostable polybag2 certified against DIN EN13432:2000-12, and are packed in an outer carton made from recycled materials that are FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified.



Designed for short-term use, J-Cloth Biodegradable and Compostable wipes are ideal for the foodservice sector. The wipes have been externally tested and carry a voluntarily obtained Food Contact Clearance (FCC) certificate, which means that they can be intentionally used in contact with food. The colour coded wipes also support HACCP regulations, preventing the risk of cross contamination.


The J-Cloth Biodegradable and Compostable wipes complement existing sustainable practices, such as the use of eco-friendly chemicals and bags, and are compatible with a wide range of cleaning materials and solvents. An important step in the cycle, however, is to rinse the wipes before disposing of them in the organic waste bin.


“The development of J-Cloth Biodegradable and Compostable wipes forms part of our commitment to build a more sustainable future. Ultimately, our aim is for our products leave a positive impact on the earth at the end of their lifecycle,” said Bongers.


For more information on the product, visit


1 Certificate for the wipe : 7P0314_EN
Certificate for the polybag : 7P0189_EN S1

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