Geotextiles enhance both drainage and lining systems in environmental applications. In the large industry of waste containment, geotextiles are used to protect and cushion landfill liners and landfill capping systems, and they are used as critical components of geocomposites such as geocomposite drains and geosynthetic clay liners.

Heavyweight, needle-punched nonwovens are use as cushion/protection for landfill and pond liners to keep adjacent stones in overlying or underlying drainage layers from puncturing the impermeable liner.

In this application, the extra wide nonwovens, such as the 6 meter wide products from Mattex offer the unique advantages of easier application and less waste for overlaps.

Both wovens and nonwovens are used as functioning parts of geocomposites that are widely used in the market for environmental products.