Members initiatives in sustainability

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Below you will find EDANA member companies initiatives in the different segments. These initiatives were received while writing the Sustainability report. If you are an EDANA member company and you have an initiative that should be featured here do contact us!

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Sustainable supply chain : Promote fair and safe working conditions and green procurement in the supply chain

 

  • Berry Global, Inc., has a mission of Always Advancing to Protect What’s Important and is committed to building a more sustainable future. The company’s No. 1 priority is safety and with continuous improvement in their safety practices Berry has reduced the incident rate to 1.2; far below the industry average. Initiatives included Behaviour-Based Safety trainings, ‘red card’ alerts and many more. 
    Berry Global, Inc., is a global leader in films, packaging, and nonwovens. Its mission of Always Advancing to Protect What’s Important drives the company’s commitment to building a more sustainable future. The company takes advantage of the benefits of plastics to lightweight products and decreasing greenhouse gas emissions while also emphasising recyclability and the use of recycled content. The number one priority and core value at Berry Global is the safety of employees and contractors. Because of continuous improvements of safety practices and procedures, the employees at Berry have reduced the incident rate to 1.2; far below the industry average of 3.9.

    Specific safety initiatives include Behaviour-Based Safety (BBS) training, ‘red card’ alerts, near miss reporting, and the creation of site safety councils that represent every department and shift. Performance at all Berry locations around the globe, is measured against the highest safety standards in the industry and is consistent with Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines. The company’s Bengaluru site in India celebrated the 10-years safety milestone in October 2018, achieving five million hours without a recordable incident.

  • Suominen, has for the 5th year in 2018 rolled out an internal safety programme putting emphasis on individual’s responsibility in occupational safety. The programme was implemented through safety walks identifying both safe and unsafe behaviours and then afterwards holding an open discussion. Virtual safety walks were also possible. In 2018, more than 25,000 safety walks were performed globally. 
    Suominen, a nonwoven manufacturer, has taken a behaviour-based approach to its internal safety work. The safety program rolled on for the fifth year in 2018. The programme covers all the Suominen employees, both working at production sites and office premises. The program emphasises the individual’s responsibility in occupational safety and focuses on influencing the attitude and motivation of individuals. The program is implemented through safety walks, where a trained employee walks through the premises identifying both safe and unsafe behaviours and conditions and then engages in an open discussion with the employees. In 2018, the Behaviour-Based Safety program was complemented by virtual safety walks for non-operational employees.

    The focus is to help everyone understand the importance of safe behaviour and how these principles can be incorporated into the daily lives of all employees. In 2018, more than 25,000 safety walks were performed globally. Altogether 4,792 unsafe actions or conditions were identified that need to be rectified, resulting in more than 3,000 hours of work entirely dedicated to safety walks and improving occupational safety.

  • Berry Global’s recently launched a portfolio of nonwoven, films and laminates from Biobased and natural materials for Hygiene applications. Berry’s breathable and non-breathable films can be produced with up to 80% Bio PE material. The company’s Airten® Enviro technology provides a range of nonwoven fabrics made out of PLA Based materials that help reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions saving up to 4 tons of CO2 per 1 ton of bio-based fiber utilization compared to petroleum-source.
    In addition to the hygiene business, Berry’s Geosynthetics Terram® Bodpave grass and paving grids are made of 100% recycled resin. Manufactured from UV Stabilized 100% recycled HDPE these protective Geosynthetics materials are strong, chemically inert & non-toxic.

    They are used for grass reinforcement, ground stabilization & gravel retention for regular trafficked surfaces. In April 2018, the company released a comprehensive line of sustainable Bottles, Tubes, Jars and Closures for Beauty & Personal Care made with up to 100% Post resin content (PCR). Berry’s leading-edge processes coupled with the latest material and product technology allows it to maximize the PCR content while maintaining the look, feel, and performance that customers demand.     
  • Germany-based Cetex-Rheinfaser, supplier of viscose and polyester staple fibres for the textile and nonwovens industry, has developed sustainable fibres aiming at tackling the global plastic challenge.  The PreCo fibres are mainly made from recycled PET bottles and, where appropriate, recycled secondary products from the polyester industry.
    The re-use of the post-consumer PET raw materials make the PreCo fibres into a more sustainable and environmentally friendly option. For these guaranteed and traceable characteristics, PreCoPET® and PreCoFILL® received the EU Ecolabel and the Blue Angel certification. These labels show that Cetex-Rheinfaser is heading towards a more sustainable environment. Both eco-labels are well established supporting consumers to identify products and services which help to protect the environment.
  • CORMAN develop its own brand called “Organ(y)c” one of the first EDANA manufacturers to adopt a fully Global Organic Textile Standard production process. It uses only 100% certified organic cotton and the process adheres to the strict environment and social criteria and certified across all levels. In addition, CORMAN adopted an innovative biopolymer as backsheet which is biodegradable and even compostable.
    CORMAN developed and launched its brand “Organ(y)c” few years ago, being among the first EDANA manufacturers to adopt a fully GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified production process and Organic Certified product. An innovation that has anticipated the global request by consumers for even more sustainable and natural products. CORMAN’s process allows only the use 100% certified organic cotton, in compliance with the GOTS regulation, which is recognised as being the most important standard for sustainable textile production.

    Only natural fibres from organic farming, such as the organic cotton, used for the production of the topsheet and the core of CORMAN’s pads, are allowed by this standard. Strict environmental and social criteria are applied and certified at all levels of the production, from the harvesting of natural fibres to the subsequent manufacturing phases, up to labelling of the finished product.

    To address the concerns on the end-of-the-life cycle and to reduce the waste, CORMAN has adopted an innovative biopolymer to be used as a backsheet. It assures the same performance as traditional PP but has a lower impact on the environment, being made using corn-starch instead of mineral oil and being biodegradable and even compostable. The product packaging is made using recycled cardboard.
  • Freudenberg recycles 7 million PET bottles every day and processes the purified recycled into nonwovens. They believe that the greening of buildings can be a key part of climate protection. This requires a basis of waterproof bitumen membranes which the Freudenberg Performance Materials serve as a carrier material. 
    Freudenberg recycles 7 million PET bottles every day and processes the purified recyclate into nonwovens. The inexorable growth of megacities reflects the rapid pace of urbanization. It is an important driver for development and poverty reduction but concrete and glass are displacing green areas which are vital for healthy living. An innovative idea for environmental and climate protection is the greening of buildings. Waterproof bitumen membranes form the basis for permanent greening and ensure that moisture, substrate and roots stay safely where they belong, outside the building. Freudenberg Performance Materials serve as a carrier material for bituminous membranes and they are a glass-fibre-reinforced polyester nonwoven made from recycled PET bottles.

  • Ontex has put the focus on building a sustainable supply chain. It has put practices in place to source raw materials ethically and simultaneously develop ways to reduce the need for raw materials.  A sustainable supply chain is one of the main areas in Ontex’ sustainability strategy.
    Ontex ensures that all products are made in a responsible manner and thus sources all raw materials ethically. Besides safeguarding a responsible supply chain, Ontex also focusses on developing ways to reduce the need for raw materials. In 2017, the amount of renewable raw materials used in the products was 48% using mainly pulp-based materials. See more information on Ontex’ sustainability performance.
  • Zschimmer & Schwarz aims to contribute to a sustainable future and has developed a new Lertisan type for durable hydrophilic nonwoven treatments. The new product is completely made of renewable resources and no mineral oil-based chemistry is used.
    Zschimmer & Schwarz is a family-owned company with core activities in the development, manufacture and delivery of tailor-made chemical auxiliaries for the leather, fur, ceramic, textile and fibre industries. In addition, Zschimmer & Schwarz is one of the leading manufacturers of high-performance chemical specialties and auxiliaries for cosmetic and cleaning applications as well as phosphonates and polymer-based solutions. Zschimmer & Schwarz is aiming to contribute to a sustainable future. It is now developing a new Lertisan type for durable hydrophilic nonwoven treatments. Lertisan HD 1080 is fulfilling these particular requirements of sustainability.

    The new product is completely made of renewable resources. No mineral oil-based chemistry is used. Therefore it does not contain alcoxylates, siliconces, fluorocarbons, synthetic alcohols, biocides, phosphoric components nor amine-based materials. In addition to the core values Innovation, Respect, Tradition and Trust, Zschimmer & Schwarz is taking Sustainability very seriously and has launched a project to develop enabling the company to publish a detailed Sustainability Report in the next future.
  • In May 2017 Ahlstrom-Munksjö achieved the top rating from EcoVadis, a sustainability assessment and rating platform. Ahlstrom-Munksjö is driving development with new more sustainable fibre-materials. They partnered with a tea-bag producer and a food retailer to introduce heat-sealed tea-bags so eliminating use of plastics. They have also developed a technology called The Fiber+ which uses polylactic acid a biodegradable and compostable material. 
    Ahlstrom-Munksjö is a Finland-based fibre manufacturer, supplying innovative and sustainable solutions to customers worldwide. In May 2017, it achieved the top rating from EcoVadis, a collaborative platform that provides sustainability assessment and rating for global supply chain players. Ahlstrom-Munksjö is in the top 1% of suppliers assessed in the field of Corporate Social Responsibility. EcoVadis assesses four sustainability dimensions: environment, labour practices, fair business practices and sustainable procurement.

    Numerous newly developed fibre-materials show that Ahlstrom-Munksjö is driving the development and use of sustainable fibre materials above-average. In early 2018, the company partnered with a tea bag producer and a food retailer in an effort to introduce heat-sealed tea bags that eliminate the use of plastics. This collaboration aims to produce and sell products that utilize nonwovens made from polylactic acid (PLA), a biopolymer usually made of corn starch. Ahlstrom-Munksjö has developed a technology called The Fiber+, which replaces the traditional plastic with PLA. The material is renewable, biodegradable and fully compostable.
  • Indian-based Birla Cellulose is a producer of Viscose staple fibres used in the textiles and nonwoven industry. Birla Cellulose operates giving a focused emphasis on conserving the environment and resources in its processes. Its fibres stand for water saving, zero-waste and biodegradability.
    A wood sourcing policy is in place adhering to environmental laws and regulations, sourcing wood pulp only from certified and managed forests with the FSC®, PEFCTM and SFI® certification. Recently, Birla Cellulose launched Livaeco sustainable fibre, which enhances the product with the use of raw materials from sustainable certified forests, low water consumption and low GHG emissions.

    Life-cycle assessments have been carried out for all fibres according to ISO 14040/44 Standard. Furthermore, the fibres are biodegradable in soil, water and marine environment; compostable in home and industrial conditions.
  • Glatfelter have been pioneers in promoting sustainable abaca farming communities. Abaca is raw fibre used in tea and coffee filter paper and provides the livelihood many farmers in the Philippines and does not requires intensive fertilisation or pesticides. Glatfelter have rolled out a certification scheme in other regions of the Philippines and initiated the cultivation of abaca in Costa Rica.
    Since 2018 they have been working also on a certification for the abaca farming in Costa Rica.  As early as 2012, Glatfelter achieved the Rainforest Alliance (RFA) certification for the first abaca farming community. Abaca is a key raw fibre used for the manufacture of products like tea and coffee filter paper. This crop provides livelihood to more than 100,000 farmers and their families and is grown on marginal land in the Philippines. Abaca cultivation does not require intensive fertilization, insecticides, pesticides or artificial irrigation.

    Over the last several years, Glatfelter, together with the German GIZ, have rolled out the certification scheme to other abaca growing regions in the Philippines.  At the same time, Glatfelter initiated the cultivation of abaca in Costa Rica, and since 2018, the company and the GIZ have been working on the RFA certification of the first abaca farming communities in this region.

    With the certification and systematic partnership for sustainable supply chains of this key raw material, Glatfelter improved the welfare of smallholder farmers in rural areas, established good agricultural practices, and contributed to the protection of the biodiversity in the growing regions. The learnings and experiences gathered in the two countries are being mutually shared to the benefit of the abaca farmers and their families.
  • Lenzing AG collaborates with numerous suppliers worldwide and they aspire to promote an environmentally and socially just supply chain. They introduced an extensive Supplier Code of Conduct and invited suppliers to complete the EcoVadis survey whom which Lenzig themselves achieved “Gold status”. Lenzing have also been recognised for its sustainable procurement practices of wood and innovation for alternative cellulose materials.  
    Lenzing AG, market leader in the production of wood based cellulose fibres, collaborates with numerous suppliers worldwide. The company aspires to promote an environmentally and socially just supply chain. On January 1st 2017 Lenzing introduced its Supplier Code of Conduct in which the company stipulates its expectations with regard to health and safety at work, labour and human rights, environmental protection, compliance, ethics and management practices in the supply chain. Additionally, in 2016 Lenzing invited all suppliers to complete the EcoVadis survey in order to evaluate their sustainability performance. The company aims at assessing the sustainability performance of 80% of “most relevant suppliers” by 2022.

    Lenzing itself was rated by EcoVadis and achieved “Gold status” with 67/100 points. Lenzing is recognized as a leader by Canopy for its sustainable procurement practices of wood and innovation on new technologies for alternative cellulose materials, such as the LENZING™ Web Technology to promote more sustainable raw material in the nonwovens industry. Lenzing strives to improve the state of industry by taking a leading role and supporting initiatives and organizations such as EDANA, Make Fashion Circular, WRI Apparel guidance project, Sustainable Apparel Coalition, Canopy and Zero Discharge of Hazardous chemicals (ZDHC).

  • NatureWorks offers a broad portfolio of renewably sourced polymers. They made the commitment that 100% of the agricultural feedstocks will be certified by the International Sustainability & Carbon Certification System (ISCC PLUS). The certified crops are produced following 6 principles such as: to protect highly biodiverse and high carbon stock areas and to promote safe working conditions.
    NatureWorks is a company offering a broad portfolio of renewably sourced polymers that can be used in products from coffee capsules and appliances to tea bags and 3D printing filament. Since the Ingeo biopolymers are made from annually renewable resources, NatureWorks made the commitment that 100% of the agricultural feedstocks will be certified as environmentally and socially sustainable by the International Sustainability & Carbon Certification System (ISCC PLUS). This commitment was also announced by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment. The ISCC PLUS certified crops are grown within 50 miles of the NatureWorks Blair production facility and are produced in line with the following principles:

    1. Protect highly biodiverse and high carbon stock areas. 

    2. Implement best agricultural practices for the use of fertilizers and pesticides, irrigation, tillage, soil management, and the protection of the surrounding environment. 

    3. Promote safe working conditions. 

    4. Comply with human, labour, and land rights. 5. Comply with laws and international treaties. 6. Implement good management practices and continuous improvement. ISCC PLUS is an independent third-party sustainability certification system developed in a multi-stakeholder initiative. Site specific audits and certificates ensure full traceability and chain of custody.
  • Wellman International has been pioneering recycling technologies and practices for almost 50 years. As the leading European producer of recycled polyester staple fibre and recycled PET material, sustainability is inherent in the company’s culture. All raw materials, production processes and products are fully traceable, accredited, and validated in an independent, published life cycle assessment study.
    Each year, Wellman save 4.2 billion plastic bottles from landfill, which equates to 310 Mio kgs of Co2 Emissions and 1.4 Mio barrels of oil saved. Wellman International recycled fibre is also GRS accredited (Global Recycle Standard) – providing absolute assurance for its customers, that Wellman is truly sustainable, having evolved from a rich heritage of commitment and dedication to sustainability. And the quest continues, as the company is constantly evolving its products and innovating the processes for a sustainable future.

    Wellman aims to use its combined power of innovation, industry, policy and people to educate the world and its global stakeholders on reducing waste and pollution. The company works with all stakeholders in the supply chain to influence the design of plastics to optimise the potential for recycling and opportunity for multiple use.
  • In the EcoTain® brand Clariant have demonstrated how sustainability is a core element of their business strategy. Only products that offer outstanding sustainability advantages are given the EcoTain® brand. All of these products have undergone an in-depth screening process, using 36 criteria which consider the overall product life cycle.
    EcoTain® reaches across all dimensions of EDANA’s sustainability vision and is also an important element in Clariant’s efforts for building trust with customers. Sustainability is a core element of Clariant’s business strategy and extends to all of its business activities. With the EcoTain® brand, Clariant offers the market a clear signal that products and solutions have outstanding sustainability advantages, do not compromise on performance, and benefit customers, the value chain, and society as a whole.  EcoTain® is the only chemical company brand that supports the customers and the value chain in making sound decisions on sustainability, and that drives actions and collaborations with a tangible impact on people, planet and performance.

    Each product carrying the EcoTain® label has undergone a systematic, in-depth screening process using 36 criteria, which consider the overall product life cycle. The criteria are forward looking, developed and tested with customers, NGOs and other stakeholder groups.

    Only exceptional products that significantly exceed market standards, with a best-in-class performance in one or several of the 36 criteria, are awarded the EcoTain® label by the corporate EcoTain® panel that scrutinizes each application. EcoTain® reaches across all dimensions of EDANA’s sustainability vision, as it takes into account sustainability aspects across the entire life cycle and across all dimensions of sustainability for the evaluation of products and solutions. In addition, EcoTain® is an important element of Clariant’s efforts for building trust and communicating transparently with our customers and aims to enhance collaboration with our value chain.

  • Kimberly-Clark had to react quickly to the serious water shortage in Cape Town where the city nearly ran out of water. Its Diaper Mill in the city introducing a variety of water saving initiatives in the Mill but recognized it had to engage with local communities and stakeholder to drive action on sustainable water use. The result was a workshop in the city that introduced Water-LOUPE a water scarcity risk dashboard that could be utilized to scientifically model potential solutions. 
    In 2018, after a three-year drought, Cape Town, South Africa became the first major city to come within days of running out of water. Not only did this pose a threat to the Kimberly Clark Epping Diaper Mill located in Cape Town, but more worryingly, it posed a serious threat to the lives and welfare of all those living in the Western Cape. As ‘Day-Zero’ approached, the mill answered by introducing a variety of water saving initiatives, reducing water usage by more than 50%.

    Innovatively, the mill recognized that they needed to go beyond the factory fence and really engage with local communities, government agencies and NGO’s to drive action on sustainable water use. The resulting output was a Kimberly-Clark led stakeholder workshop in Cape Town that introduced Water-LOUPE (an innovative tool Kimberly-Clark developed with Dutch research group Deltares) and the development of a water scarcity risk dashboard that could be utilized to scientifically model potential solutions. Cape Town was able to avoid "Day Zero" but the threat remains. Local engagement and WaterLOUPE is working to drive collective action for sustainable water stewardship in Cape Town and other water-stressed regions of the world.

  • The world’s largest consumer goods company, Procter & Gamble, serves approximately 4.8 billion people around the world with its brands. In its supply chain, Procter & Gamble strives to reduce its footprint and attempts circular solutions. Only with strong partners can Procter & Gamble achieve its supply chain goals. Therefore, Procter & Gamble honours its most excellent suppliers with the “External Business Partner Recognition” on a yearly basis, an award for top performance in partner excellence.
    Among P&G’s more than 75,000 suppliers and agencies, Fibertex Personal Care was awarded the Highest External Business Partner Recognition in October 2016. The award not only honours Fibertex’ high partner standard but also acknowledges its efforts for a sustainable supply chain and energy reduction. So far, implemented power saving projects at the company’s Danish plant have reduced electricity consumption by 17 Mio. kWh per year.

    The energy management certification ISO 50001, which was achieved in August 2015, has constituted further savings projects such as the installation of intelligent LED lighting, fan optimisation, isolation of sub-processes and heat recovery which have resulted in an energy reduction of 1,090 MWh per year.
  • Stora Enso provide renewable solutions in packaging, biomaterials, wooden constructions and paper. They have for many years been a member of Forest Stewardship Council® and recently signed an international partnership agreement establishing a strategic collaboration to increase the FSC® certification.
    The work will aim to make FSC® certification more accessible and easier to promote. Stora Enso is a global provider of renewable solutions in packaging, biomaterials, wooden constructions and paper. Since 1999 Stora Enso has been a member of Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®), a third-party traceability system, and has been working together with the FSC® to advance the principles of responsible forest management. In December 2018, Stora Enso and FSC® signed an international partnership agreement establishing a strategic collaboration to increase the FSC® certification.

    The agreement focuses on including small- and medium-sized private forest owners in the Nordics, Baltics, and across Europe to increase the FSC® certified wood supply. The work undertaken within the partnership will make FSC® certification more accessible, simpler to implement and easier to promote across the value chains. This cooperation is part of Stora Enso’s policy on Wood and Fibre Sourcing, and Land Management. In 2017, the share of certified wood in its total wood supply was 85%.
  • Valmet rolled out a new global sustainability engagement program for selected suppliers. It identified suppliers who were in need of support regarding sustainability and then through the program helped them take the first critical steps to develop sustainability in their operations with trainings and a material library.
    In 2018, Valmet started the roll-out of a new global sustainability engagement program for selected key suppliers. Valmet has around 100 key suppliers, of which 28 are identified as possible sources of potential sustainability risks for Valmet. The country of origin and the purchasing category are the basis for assessing the potential sustainability risks related to the key suppliers. Through key supplier sustainability engagement program, Valmet will support these suppliers in taking the first most critical steps to develop sustainability in their operations.

    The elements of the program reflect the core requirements of Valmet’s Sustainable Supply Chain Policy: ethical business practices and compliance, human and labour rights, occupational health and safety and environmental management. The sustainability engagement development is integrated as a vital part in Valmet’s supplier relationship management program. The main idea of this program is to ensure a two-way interaction between Valmet and its suppliers and thus promote innovativeness and renewal.

    The program includes trainings for key suppliers and provides a material library to support these suppliers in their sustainability work. As part of the program, individual targets and KPIs for each participating supplier are set and followed up.

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Eco-efficiency : Efficient resource use for low carbon production and products

  • Arion produces Swash® disposable nonwovens soaked in special washing lotions used to bathe bedridden patients. A LCA was performed by an independent institute and the results showed that in comparison to the traditional bed bath the ecological impact of Swash® was 74% lower. Although there are opportunities for additional improvement the results shed another light on the sustainability of nonwovens.
    Arion offers Swash® products, disposable nonwovens soaked in special washing lotions, which are used to bathe bedridden patients. An independent research institute has performed a life cycle analysis (LCA) for Swash® compared to the traditional bed bath with water and soap. The LCA takes into account everything from the production of raw materials to the development of the product and the management of waste. The results of the LCA show that the ecological impact of Swash® is 74% lower than the traditional bed bath. More specifically, based on a quantity of 100,000 bed baths, Swash® is shown to save 25,455,890 litres of water (more than 10 Olympic swimming pools!) and to lead to a significant carbon and energy reduction. Although the LCA shows several opportunities for additional improvement of the ecological impact of Swash®, the results also shed another light on the sustainability of nonwovens, which turns out to be far better than the public opinion.
  • Essity integrates life cycle assessment (LCA) into product innovation in order to monitor the environmental profile of its products. One product that underwent the LCA was Essity’s TENA Lady sanitary towel. It then achieved a one third reduction of the carbon footprint thanks to microPROTEXTM one of Essity’s latest innovation. 
    Essity, a Sweden-based personal care company, works to continuously improve the environmental footprint of its products and services. By integrating life cycle assessments (LCA) into product innovation, Essity can monitor the environmental profile of its products and use less resources while at the same time maximizing the value. All LCAs conducted by Essity are verified by IVL, Swedish Environmental Research Institute.

    One of the 12 products where an LCA was conducted, is the TENA Lady sanitary towel. Essity achieved a reduction of the carbon footprint by one third between 2008 and 2017. Thanks to microPROTEXTM, one of Essity’s latest innovations, the new generation of TENA Lady sanitary towel is 20% thinner than the previous generation. The new microPROTEXTM technology compresses ultra-absorbent materials to create a thinner pad that rapidly draws moisture away from the skin. The new product needs less material and thus reduces its carbon footprint by 15%.
  • Johnson & Johnson developed the Earthwards® framework to address the environmental and social impacts of its products, and to engage development teams in designing innovative and more sustainable solutions across products’ life cycles, from formulation to manufacturing, to product use and end-of-life. 
    The Earthwards® approach targets improvement in seven key areas: materials, packaging, energy, waste, water, social impacts and innovation. If a product achieves at least three significant improvements across the seven impact areas, a Board of internal and external experts determines whether the product warrants Earthwards® recognition. The program is validated by annual third-party audits and all Earthwards® products are required to complete an annual review to maintain recognition. As of March 2019, 94 consumer products have been awarded Earthwards® recognitions.

    o.b. ® Original™ Normal tampons, manufactured in Wuppertal, Germany, are one of the examples of recently recognized products. The improvements in lifecycle impacts span from sourcing to manufacturing footprint (focus on energy and water):

    - Since 2017, tampons use Oeko-Tex® certified materials
    - The CO2 emissions have been reduced by 50% compared to global industry standards by using a new specialty hygiene viscose type (data reference MSI)
    - Eutrophication and water scarcity have been significantly improved for the new fibre supplier compared to global industry standards (MSI).

    In addition, it is worth noting that Johnson & Johnson’s main o.b. manufacturing site (Wuppertal) uses 100% energy from renewable source (hydro power). The o.b. primary packaging (above 8 units) is at least 75% recycled paper, the rest is from renewable sources and printed using a minimum of 40% vegetable-based inks.
  • Organik Kimya, whose business focuses on the development, production and distribution of specialty chemicals for various industrial applications,  works to attain integrated business, innovation and sustainability strategies.
    The company has therefor completed an Organizational Life Cycle Assessment which evaluates the inputs, outputs and potential environmental impacts of the business activities adopting a life cycle perspective. Going beyond the traditionally-measured global warming potential, Organik Kimya is measuring the impacts on acidification, eutrophication, photochemical oxidation, ozone and resource depletion potentials.
  • Wellman International is a pioneer in recycling technologies and sustainability is inherent in its company culture. All raw materials, production processes and products are fully traceable and Wellman save 4.2 billion plastic bottles from landfill each year. The recycled fibre is also accredited by GRS and the company is constantly innovating and evolving its products. 
    Wellman International has been pioneering recycling technologies and practices for almost 50 years. As the leading European producer of recycled polyester staple fibre and recycled PET material, sustainability is inherent in the company’s culture. 

    All raw materials, production processes and products are fully traceable, accredited, and validated in an independent, published life cycle assessment study. Each year, Wellman save 4.2 billion plastic bottles from landfill, which equates to 310 Mio kgs of Co2 Emissions and 1.4 Mio barrels of oil saved.

    Wellman International recycled fibre is also GRS accredited (Global Recycle Standard) – providing absolute assurance for its customers, that Wellman is truly sustainable, having evolved from a rich heritage of commitment and dedication to sustainability. And the quest continues, as the company is constantly evolving its products and innovating the processes for a sustainable future.

    Wellman aims to use its combined power of innovation, industry, policy and people to educate the world and its global stakeholders on reducing waste and pollution. The company works with all stakeholders in the supply chain to influence the design of plastics to optimise the potential for recycling and opportunity for multiple use.
  • Abena is dedicated to a sustainable future, its production has been certified according to ISO 50001 requiring implementation of energy optimization projects. Energy consumption now plays a significant role when acquiring new equipment and optimizing older equipment has also led to large energy savings. Further measures include running the production on 100% sustainable wind energy.
    Abena is a Danish, family-owned manufacturer and wholesaler of health care solutions and related products. Abena is dedicated to contribute to a sustainable future through global compact and the integration of sustainable quality, environmental and social responsibility in its values. Abena Production has been certified according to ISO 50001 in 2015, requiring Abena to implement energy optimization projects with a payback time of under five years along with internal reviews ensuring optimal energy related focus areas. The requirements also affect the purchasing strategy regarding energy consuming hardware as well as whole production machines, often consuming several million kWh per year. Total cost of ownership, and thereby energy consumption, now plays a significant role when acquiring new equipment. Investigation into optimizing older equipment has also led to large energy savings worth over 10% of the yearly energy consumption of Abena Produktion A/S. 

    Abenas commitment to minimizing its environmental impact through its energy consumption is emphasized by further measures such as running the production on 100% sustainable wind energy, intelligent reuse of waste heat and a reduction of energy consumption by 15% since 2010.
  • Croda recently launched a new bio-based ECO Range of ethoxylates (used in many everyday consumer products from cosmetics to household cleaners), produced from bio-ethylene oxide (EO) made via bio-ethanol from biomass sources. This has led to a reduction in CO2 emissions and reduced reliance on fossil fuel feedstock.
    Croda is focussed on specialty chemicals that are used in a range of diverse products from the following core market segments: Personal Care; Life Sciences made up of Crop Care and Health Care and Performance Technologies made up Smart Materials, Energy Technologies, Home Care and Water Treatment. Sustainability is one of Croda’s strategic business objectives and thus in 2018, Croda launched a new bio-based ECO Range of ethoxylates, produced from bio-ethylene oxide (EO) made via bio-ethanol from biomass sources. Using bio-based EO rather than petroleum-based EO leads to reduced CO2 emissions and reduced reliance on fossil fuel feedstock. In addition, it results in the elimination of 230,000 miles of EO railcar freight per year by producing in Situ instead of sourcing petrochemical-derived EO transported in rail cars from the Gulf Coast.

    The CO2 emission for every kilogram of EO produced in Croda’s new plant is reduced by 42% vs. EO produced via a petrochemical process.  The ethoxylates produced from this EO are used in many everyday consumer products from cosmetics to household cleaners to plastics and fibers because of their cleansing, emulsification and solubilization performance.

    Croda’s new bio-based ECO Range of products meet these ongoing consumer demands for performance while also being 100% renewable, 100% bio-based and manufactured with high levels of renewable energy.
  • Fibertex Personal Care have looked closely at their energy consumption. The sites in Denmark and Germany are certified to ISO50001 and the Aalborg factory completed a 3-year agreement. Fibertex has also entered into a new agreement with the Energy Agency. It has work on world-wide projects such as insulating processing equipment and optimising cooling systems. By the end of 2018, the company had achieved an energy reduction of 2,600 MWh per year at its factory sites.
    For the past many years, all Fibertex Personal Care sites in Denmark, Germany and Malaysia have paid close attention to their energy consumption.The factory sites in Denmark and Germany are now certified to the ISO50001 Energy Management standard and that has truly raised their focus on reducing energy consumption. In addition, the Aalborg factory has completed a three-year energy-efficiency agreement (2015–18) with the Danish Energy Agency that commits the company to complete identified energy-saving projects with less than a five-year payback time. Fibertex Personal Care recently entered into a new agreement with the Energy Agency running from 2018 to 2021. 

    The company worked on the following specific projects worldwide in 2018: insulating processing equipment, replacing suction blowers, optimising cooling systems, replacing lighting, replacing thermostats (district heating) and identifying very large power consumers in its processes. 

    Fibertex Personal Care has set a target for energy optimisation for the period 2016–2020, producing annual energy savings of 5,000 MWh. By the end of 2018, the company had achieved an energy reduction of 2,600 MWh per year at its factory sites.
  • H.B. Fuller’s production side in Indonesia which produces feminine hygiene products achieved the LEED Gold® level certification (green building rating system). At the facility great emphasis was put on water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, innovation, and design. There are many innovative technologies which have been selected to minimize or eliminate emissions.
    H.B. Fuller is a global adhesives provider focusing on adhesives, sealants and other specialty chemical products. The production site in Surabaya, Indonesia, which focuses on the production of feminine hygiene products, achieved the LEED Gold® level certification in June 2017. The LEED®, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the most widely used green building rating system in the world and provides a framework to create efficient, healthy and cost-saving buildings. At the 30,000 square-metre manufacturing facility, which is designed for disposable hygiene products, great emphasis was put on water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, innovation, and design. Sustainability aspects were considered right from the start of the facility with the selection of a location where construction would have minimal impact on natural habitats and species.

    The site development plans also included for example pollution prevention measures and use of building materials that contained recycled content or were regionally sourced. Furthermore, innovative technologies allow 100% onsite treatment of wastewater. Heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration and fire suppression systems were also considered and have been carefully selected to minimize or eliminate emissions
  • Loptex a manufacturer specialised in the detection and removal of contamination in a free fibre stream, annually receives the Green Label certification. Loptex has also invented new technology with low acoustic emissions, low energy consumption and a low environmental impact.
    Loptex, an Italian textile machine manufacturer specialised in the detection and removal of contamination in a free fibre stream, annually receives the Green Label certification. The certification is based on parameters, values, methods and companies’ commitments in delivering systems which have a minimum impact on industrial and natural environment. The Green Label certification has been initiated by the Italian Textile Machine Association Acimit in collaboration with the international certifying body RINA. The joint sustainability program aims to identify the environmental performance of the textile machinery and make them easily recognizable and comprehensible. Loptex has recently again received the Green Label certification attesting the energetic and environmental performance of its systems. Loptex has invented new technology with low acoustic emissions, low energy consumption and a low environmental impact.
  • Organik Kimya has developed a novel process for packaging of hot melt pressure sensitive adhesives specifically those required for nonwoven applications in the hygiene market. The Award-winning Innofix Technology, introduced in 2017, no longer requires packaging because it is a hot melt adhesive rather than a blown film.
    Moreover, the technology consists of small granules sprayed with hot melt adhesive, which have 21 times more surface to volume ratio compared to conventional systems. More surface means more heat transfer and hence faster melting. This means that far less energy is used to melt the adhesive during production resulting in resource optimization and energy savings.
  • Poligof is a producer of a full range of backsheets and films and laminates (barrier and breathable) used in baby diapers, feminine hygiene, adult incontinence and underpads. Poligof portfolio cover various sustainable products including green film produced with 85% bio-based plastics from renewable biomass, which achieves a 95% carbon footprint reduction.
    Furthermore, bio-based films and laminates are produced containing starch, viscose or PLA.  All inks of printed films and laminates are water based.  During the film production process, more than 60% of production scraps are being recycled. 
  • In 2017 Reifenhäuser Reicofil presented a new line generation of machines for spunbond and meltblown technology. Some highlights of the RF5 technology are reduction in failures within the nonwoven, increased productivity and its energy efficiency. Compared to the RF4 a great reduction in waste and resources has been achieved.
    Reifenhäuser Reicofil is a Germany-based machine supplier with a history of 15 years. In April 2017, the machine supplier presented a new line generation for the production of spunbond technology and meltblown technology. The RF5 machine generation ventures into the world of digitalization and intelligent production, thus enhancing productivity and quality and combining a higher output. Some of the highlights of RF5 technology are the significant reduction of failures within the nonwoven, its increased productivity and its energy efficiency. In comparison with the previous RF4 line, the RF5 machine reduces the hard pieces by up to 90%, therefore reducing waste and resources. The output increases by up to 35% because the line speed reaches a new peak value of 1,200 meters per minute, whereas the energy consumption reduces by 15% in comparison to RF4. With the new RF5, Reifenhäuser Reicofil sets new standards in the production of spunbond, meltblown and composite nonwovens.
  • Berry has a sustainability goal to minimize the environmental footprint and conserve natural resources and reduce energy and water consumption. A Berry plant in the Netherlands sources electricity form a local company that produces electricity from regionally-sourced biomass. This is considered to be 100% renewable power and has led to a huge reduction in gas consumption.
    Berry’s operational sustainability goal is to minimize the environmental footprint and conserve natural resources and reduce energy and water consumption.

    Berry’s Cuijk (Netherlands) plant sources electricity form a local company that produces electricity from regionally-sourced biomass, such as residuals from forests and parks.  This is considered to be 100% renewable power, saving an impressive 8 million m3 of natural gas per year and leading to an 80% reduction in gas consumption, which will in turn increase efficiency by 25%.
  • Ontex believes that climate change may have long-term direct and indirect implications for its business and supply chain. Their ambitious aim is to have carbon neutral operations by 2030. Over the last 5 years, a 35% reduction has been achieved of the carbon emissions and now all the European sites are powered by 100% green electricity.
    Today, there is a general agreement that our planet’s climate is changing and that greenhouse gas emissions from human activities are one of the main causes. Recognition of the widespread impact of climate change has led to the Paris Agreement on climate change and pave the way towards a low-carbon future. Ontex, believes that climate change may have long-term direct and indirect implications for its business and supply chain. The company’s aim is to have carbon neutral operations by 2030 and has set ambitious targets along the way. Over the last 5 years, a 35% reduction has been achieved of the carbon emissions. All the European sites are powered by 100% green electricity. Two main solar panel projects at the company’s European sites and further investigation into green technologies will reinforce the carbon reduction programme.
  • Procter & Gamble’s 2020 goal is to ensure that all plants are powered by 30 % renewable energy, in 2017 P&G achieved 10 % of this goal. The company has transitioned to greener energy alternatives through a wind park and a biomass project coming operational in early 2017.
    Procter & Gamble is committed to a long-term goal of powering all its sites with 100 % renewable energy, thus reducing its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Its 2020 goal is to ensure that all plants are powered by 30 % renewable energy, in 2017 P&G achieved 10 % of this goal. The company has transitioned to greener energy alternatives through a wind park and a biomass project coming operational in early 2017. P&G partnered with power companies in the US on a project that brought an additional 52 wind turbines and more than 125 megawatts of electricity to the grid. Additionally, P&G partnered on the completion of a 50-megawatt biomass-fueled combined heat and power plant. The facility provides P&G’s Albany (Georgia, USA) site with 100 % renewable energy.
  • ANDRITZ is a technology company focussed on providing plants, systems, equipment and services for various industries including the nonwoven and textile industry. The new ANDRITZ WetlaceTM technology for wipes is an ideal process for production of flushable and dispersible wipes from 100% biodegradable, natural or renewable raw materials without chemical binders and has the added benefit of using a blend of fibres without binders so are completely biodegradable.
    ANDRITZ is a technology company focussed on providing plants, systems, equipment and services for various industries including the nonwoven and textile industry. The key competences lie in needlepunch, spunlace, wetlaid, wetlace, spunbond, spunjet and finishing technologies.

    ANDRITZ nonwoven technology strongly relies on smart IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) products and solutions developed inhouse and held under its technology brand Metris. Metris products offers effective and intelligent methods to successfully digitize industrial production processes, data are continuously analyzed, and the machines, plants and their production operations are networked and optimized. This will help to make production run even more smoothly and avoid downtimes. A good example of optimizing environmental protection with IIot in the production of nonwovens is the newly introduced ANDRITZ WetlaceTM technology for wipes. The new technology is an ideal process for the production of flushable and dispersible wipes from 100% biodegradable, natural or renewable raw materials without chemical binders.

    The ANDRITZ Wetlace™ technology combines wetlaid, inclined wire forming and hydroentanglement. Fibre processing during stock preparation, fibre laying during wet forming, and mechanical bonding with hydroentanglement have been perfectly designed to optimize the wet strength of wipes during use and fast disintegration when flushed. Moreover, the technology has the added benefit of using a blend of fibres (wood pulp and short-cut cellulosic staple fibres) without chemical additives or binders so that they are completely biodegradable.
  • BASF are actively working on tackling the challenge of plastic recyclability. Since mechanical recycling is limited because of an increase of residues in the material in each cycle, a team across BASF has taken up this challenge and developed the ChemCycling project. The ultimate aim is that the plastic waste will be transformed into a pyrolysis oil or a gas using thermochemical processes.
    Plastics do have proven benefits during their use phase – for example preservation of food loss, lightweight construction of vehicles and building insulation. Plastic waste, however, and in particular plastic waste in the context of marine littering, is a major global challenge. There is also increasing regulatory pressure regarding recycling quota and recyclability on the one hand and strong commitments of our customers towards increasing the share of recycled material in their offerings on the other hand. Solving these challenges requires innovation and joint efforts globally across the value chain. BASF will contribute to tackling this.

    Since mechanical recycling is limited because of an increase of residues in the material in each cycle, a team across BASF has taken up this challenge and developed the ChemCycling project. With chemical recycling, fossil resources for chemical production can be replaced with recycled material from plastic waste. How does it work? Plastic waste will be transformed into a pyrolysis oil or a gas using thermochemical processes.
  • Freudenberg Filtration Technologies have worked on reducing the use of water and wastewater generation. Viledon Water Solutions and Aquabio are innovative filtration technology that can produce up to 70 % drinking water out of wastewater.
    Freudenberg Filtration Technologies has established a sustainability strategy based on six building blocks: materials, waste, energy, emissions, water and health. Focusing on water, Freudenberg Filtration Technologies have worked on reducing the use of water and wastewater generation. Viledon Water Solutions and Aquabio deliver technology solutions for efficient wastewater treatment to save resources and reduce costs. The innovative filtration technology can produce up to 70 % drinking water out of wastewater.
  • Lenzing AG drives development in the sustainability performances of flushable and biodegradable fibres. With its award winning VEOCELTM brand they have significantly improved the way in which fibres are produced. The closed loop process recovers 99% solvents and process water. VEOCELTM fibres are made of 100% wood and disintegration performance have been proven by the fourth edition of the INDA/EDANA Guidelines for Assessing the Flushability of Disposable Nonwoven Products.
    Lenzing AG drives research and development in the sustainability performance of flushable and biodegradable fibres at the core of a circular economy. Lenzing uses LCA to integrate sustainability in day-to-day decision-making of functions such as in R&D, procurement, operations and updates of its fibres in regular basis. Lenzing is a signatory to UN fashion dialogue and in the process of setting a Science Based Target (SBT) to address climate change. With its VEOCELTM branded lyocell fibres for example, Lenzing has significantly improved the way in which fibres are produced. The closed-loop production recovers 99% solvents and process water. This economically profitable manufacturing process received the European Award for the Environment from the European Commission in the category “The Technology Award for Sustainable Development”.

    VEOCELTM fibres enforce the sustainable use of natural resources as the fibres are made of 100% wood, a renewable and natural material which also comes from certified and controlled forests and plantations. The biological disintegration performance of VEOCELTM Lyocell fibres with Eco Disperse technology have been proven by the fourth edition of the INDA/EDANA Guidelines for Assessing the Flushability of Disposable Nonwoven Products issued in May 2018. Lenzing has taken a proactive approach and laid the foundation for fully biodegradable and flushable wet wipes.
  • Mega Disposables implemented a sustainability strategy covering four pillars of sustainability: marketplace, society, people and environment. They have recently achieved the ISO 50001 energy certification and the PEFC sustainable forest management certification.
    Mega Disposables is a manufacturing company of personal hygiene products, based in Greece. It has implemented a sustainability strategy covering four pillars of sustainability: marketplace, society, our people and environment. Environmental measures not only include the recent ISO 50001 energy certification where electrical consumption is aimed at being reduced, but also extend to waste recycling and reducing air emissions. Additionally, Mega Disposables has obtained apart from the FSC certification, the largest forest certification system globally, the PEFC sustainable forest management certification.
  • Reifenhäuser Reicofil work on enhancing the eco-efficiency of the nonwovens industry specifically by developing new technologies to further reduce fabric weight (and the need for raw materials). For example, the material needed for the production of a diaper top sheet has been reduced by more than 40%. Achieving the same product properties with less raw material results in not just cost savings but better CO² footprints and an immense reduction in waste.
    Since its first line generation, Reifenhäuser Reicofil is continuously working on enhancing the eco-efficiency of the nonwovens industry by supplying the appropriate technology. New line generations have always been developed with the objective to enable a further reduction of the fabric weight while keeping excellent properties. As a result of this effort minimal basis weights have continuously decreased. So has the need for raw material.

    A specific example: The material need for the production of a diaper top sheet has been reduced by more than 40 percent - from 22 to just 12g/m² without any compromise regarding quality. The absolute minimal weight has reached 8g/m² by today – enabling even more savings. Achieving the same product properties with less raw material does not only result in cost savings for the producers but in better CO² footprints of the end products and an immense overall waste reduction in the first instance. This becomes especially obvious when considering that most of the produced nonwovens are processed to disposables in hygiene and medical applications.
  • Texsus product innovations such as SLOOPY or Be-DRY require less resources due to its light weight, and abstains from the use of glue or adhesive. Texsus has a 360 degrees’ approach to reducing carbon footprint ranging from designing next-generation products to working proactively to achieve zero waste to landfill by investing in state-of-the-art equipment into recycling the clean waste from production.
    Texsus is a global supplier of innovative Airthrough bonding nonwovens and Laminated materials for the hygiene market, based in Italy. Product innovations, such as SLOOPY or Be-DRY require less resources due to its light weight, and abstain from the use of glue od adhesive.

    Texsus’ R&D team has a 360 degrees approach when it comes to reducing our carbon footprint. Their work is not limited to designing next-generation products, but goes back to the selected raw material our company employs. On that front, we promote our r-PET ADL contains polyester fibers originating from bottle-to-fiber recycling.

    Texsus is dedicated to sustainability and has implemented measures to reduce its footprint on the environment. For example, Texsus is working proactively to achieve zero waste to landfill by investing state-of-the-art equipment for recycling the clean waste from production. Additionally, it produces its own solar energy and aims at maximising process efficiency.
  • Berry strives to minimize waste generation through dozen waste reduction initiatives, many of the company’s sites have achieved 0 waste generation. Recently, Berry’s facility in Pouso Alegre in Brazil reached a monumental milestone by achieving 0 Waste to landfill, meaning 99% of the waste that could end-up in landfill does not. 
    In accordance with Berry’s waste management hierarchy, the company strives to minimize waste generation and recover any waste that is generated at the highest possible value. Therefore, Berry encourages their suppliers to implement the Operation Clean Sweep® (OCS) pledge in their facilities. OCS is a commitment to work toward zero resin pellet, powder, and flake loss. 
  • Nice-Pak international a wet wipe manufacturer has a 2020 vision for operations is to improve its energy, carbon, effluent and waste efficiency and maintaining zero landfill. %. In 2017, Nice-Pak International achieved its goal of zero waste to landfill by sending 38% of its waste to recycling and 62% of waste used for energy recovery through incineration.
    Wet wipes manufacturer, Nice-Pak International, employs nearly 950 people, producing 678 million units at three production sites located in Flint and Wigan, UK, and in Magdeburg, Germany. Next to focus areas comprising customers, products, employment and community, its 2020 vision for its operations is to improve its energy, carbon, effluent and waste efficiency and maintaining zero landfill. Nice-Pak International targets an improvement of waste efficiency by 20%. In 2017, Nice-Pak International achieved its goal of zero waste to landfill by sending 38% of its waste to recycling and 62% of waste used for energy recovery through incineration.
  • The RecyCarb project, developed by the company STFI, is a qualified value chain for recycled carbon fibres. The idea was to use waste material of the composite manufactures in a second life in their own products. Interesting applications were found for rCF nonwoven prepregs in combination with carbon woven structures.
    STFI developed the project RecyCarb, a qualified value chain for recycled carbon fibres (rCF) was established. The idea was to use waste material of the composite manufactures in a second life in their own products. In the chosen approach, waste materials were initially collected by the industrial partners. The amount of carbon fibre reinforced plastics was processed via pyrolysis in order to recover the carbon fibres.

    Furthermore, textile waste materials were reprocessed directly by using cutting and tearing technology. The obtained rCF were processed as 100% raw material and in blends with thermoplastic staple fibres by airlay and carding principle combined with needle-punching or stitch-bonding technology. The further processing of the developed nonwovens into composite materials took place with standard market procedures. In addition to classical pressing methods, the RTM method and the autoclave technology using prepregs were also utilized.

    The possible fields of application were shown by the demonstrators created during the project. Interesting applications were found for rCF nonwoven prepregs in combination with carbon woven structures. This was demonstrated in an automotive rear spoiler with exposed carbon optics. A couch of a CAT-Scan with layers of rCF nonwovens instead of woven structures demonstrates applications in the medical sector.
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Building trust : Increasing transparency and safeguarding quality to consumers

  • International Paper are global leaders in responsible forest stewardship and ecosystems. Their Forestland Stewards partnership supports projects such as restoring native forest and wildlife populations as well as supporting working forests.  When fully implemented these projects, will establish and enhance more than 400,000 acres of native forest and wildlife habitat and much more.
    International Paper’s entire business depends upon the sustainability of forests. International Paper is a global leader in responsible forest stewardship, ensuring healthy and productive forest ecosystems for generations to come. International Paper’s flagship conservation program with National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, known as Forestland Stewards, is one of the most effective U.S.-based public-private forest conservation collaborations. The partnership supports projects to restore native forests, strengthen important fish and wildlife populations, and protect watersheds — while at the same time promoting and supporting working forests in ten states across the southern United States.

    Since 2013, NFWF and International Paper have invested more than $15 million in projects through the Forestland Stewards partnership. These investments are leveraging more than $36 million in matching funds, for a total conservation investment of more than $51 million. These projects, once fully implemented, will establish and enhance more than 400,000 acres of native forest and wildlife habitat, improve more than 445 miles of stream habitat, and engage nearly 15,000 private landowners through outreach and technical assistance to implement forest stewardship practices. Forestland Stewards received the PR Daily’s 2017 Corporate Social Responsibility Award in the ‘Corporate-Community or Nonprofit Partnership’ category for Forestland Stewards.
  • Pampers, the P&G diaper brand, started a separate collection of diapers for recycling in a pilot in Amsterdam in January 2019. Alongside local partners they collected diaper waste with innovative “smart bins”. It engaged 200 families in 3 neighbourhoods of Amsterdam and received positive acceptance by participating families.
    P&G’s diaper brand Pampers started in January 2019 with the separate collection of diapers for recycling in a pilot in Amsterdam. The program was announced publicly and to the press, and highlighted the partnership of Pampers, AEB (local Waste Operator), TerraCycle and FaterSMART who joined forces to collect diaper waste with innovative “smart bins” for recycling, facilitated by the Municipality of Amsterdam. It is a globally first of its kind collection pilot.

    The initiative engaged 200 families in 3 neighbourhoods of Amsterdam and included placing 9 “smart bins” in front of day care centres and of drugstores. It received positive acceptance by the participating families, as well as high media attention since the pilot is collecting used baby diapers – all diaper brands – for recycling to create secondary raw materials and give used diapers a new life.
  • At every stage of the production process, Sandler strives to conserve resources. It has therefore invented a nonwoven which can be used for several applications alike: Construction, Automotive and Filtration. Fibercomfort® is a skin-friendly insulating material made of 100 % polyester textile fibers, with up to 70 % fibers made of recycled PET.
    Even after a long life-cycle, these single-polymer materials can easily be reprocessed and allocated to a new application. Therefore, it supports the reduction of virgin raw materials and supports the recycling philosophy of Sandler. Fibercomfort® also fulfils the highest requirements of the Oeko-Tex® standard 100.
  • Tosama operates according to a publicly available environmental policy since 2017 and its environmental policy has been formulated with the involvement of key stakeholders and expresses a precautionary approach on consumer health.
    With more than 90 years’ experience in the production of sanitary and hygiene products, Tosama operates according to a publicly available environmental policy since 2017. The environmental policy has been formulated with the involvement of key stakeholders and expresses a precautionary approach on consumer health. The company runs its site in compliance with the ISO 14001 and ISO 9001 standards. Their products are certified by numerous product labels such as Nordic Swan, Oeko-Tex®, GOTS and PEFC®.
  • Fibertex Personal Care updated its code of conduct in 2018 and prepared a brochure that summarises the salient points of the policies of which all employees should be particularly aware. The brochure is being distributed to all employees. It has 2 main sections and provides practical examples of how to comply with the code on issues such as human rights and bribery.
    Fibertex Personal Care demonstrates its corporate responsibility by the way in which it treats its employees, and as an international company, Fibertex Personal Care is aware of its responsibilities towards business partners, the people it interacts with and the communities in which it runs its business. Fibertex Personal Care endeavours to operate a transparent business and to maintain a high degree of integrity and ethical conduct. We combat all forms of corruption, including bribery and facilitation payments. Fibertex Personal Care updated its code of conduct in 2018. Further to updating the formal code of conduct, the company decided to prepare a brochure that summarises the salient points of the policies of which all employees should be particularly aware. The updated policies on human rights, anti-corruption and business ethics take a predominant role in the new brochure.
    The updated code of conduct is being distributed to all employees and to Fibertex Personal Care’s stakeholders in the form of a small brochure which is entitled: ‘Code of Conduct – in Practice’. The brochure will be distributed to all employees and will also be available in electronic form at our websites. It contains two main sections:

    1. The code of conduct is divided into seven issues, on which the company takes an active position, and also provides practical examples of how to comply with the code on these issues: human rights, competition legislation, bribery, facilitation payments, confidential information, gifts and conflicts of interest.

    2. ‘Other policies’ contains the group’s principal policies, which cover: quality, environment and energy, health and safety, IT, social media and data protection.
  • Essity together with BSR a non-profit organisation developed and implemented a human rights due diligence process in 2014, in which it regulates and manages its actual and potential impacts on human rights. New training programs on human rights were established to identify any risks and action plans were subsequently put in place for all risk areas identified.  

    Essity is a leading global hygiene and health company dedicated to improving people’s lives through its products and solutions. Sustainability is deeply rooted in the business model. It concentrates on responsible sourcing, resource-efficient production, sustainable solutions and circularity and after-use, thus aiming at contributing to the SDGs. Essity’s approach to human rights is based on the United Nation’s Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGP). 

    Together with BSR, a non-profit organization, Essity developed and implemented a human rights due diligence process in 2014, in which it regulates and manages its actual and potential impacts on human rights. In 2016, new training programs on human rights were established to help Essity’s various units identify any areas at risk of human rights violations. In the previous year, seven workshops on human rights were carried out in three countries in Latin America with a total of 94 participants. Subsequently, action plans were in place for all risk areas identified, of which 72% have been completed to date.
  • FiberVisions develops, manufactures and markets polyolefin staple fibres for nonwoven applications. The Denmark production site runs on 40% renewable energy sources from wind power and is certified according to ISO 50001. In order to build sustainable supply chains, FiberVisions has implemented Safe by Design, a global concept for designing fibres suitable for future requirements by choosing the right materials and processes that go beyond compliance. 
    Safe by Design incorporates product stewardship into the development process. New materials are developed in collaboration with suppliers following strict requirements on the product safety profile, sustainable impact and certification and currently used materials are revised and may be eliminated to avoid unwanted traces of substances of interest. The Safe by Design concept also sets requirements for internal processes, including contamination reduction initiatives, and process chemicals used, for example changing to food grade lubricants. 
  • BTTG is an independent organisation for testing of personal protective equipment and construction products. Its subsidiary Shirley® specializes in the testing of textiles for innocuousness, ecology and microbiology and is a member of OEKO-TEX® Association. Shirley certifies garments according to the OEKO-TEX® Standard 100, which is a useful tool for consumers to choose sustainable options. 
    Furthermore, Shirley assists its clients from the nonwoven and textile industry to comply by the STeP (Sustainable Textile Production) certification system intended for brands, retailers and manufacturers who want to communicate their achievements regarding sustainable manufacturing processes to the public. It also enables brands to source suitable suppliers to meet their demands regarding environmental protection and social responsibility.

    At last, the MADE IN GREEN award combines OEKO-TEX® products providing a traceable consumer label for sustainable textiles. It informs customers that the product is tested for harmful substances and sustainably produced. Components in the garment (e.g. yarn, fabric, interlinings, and sewing) are produced worldwide and certified – giving confidence in textiles and greater sustainability.
  • Glatfelter is dedicated to responsible forest management and has earned third-party endorsement for its natural resources made of wood. For example, at its North American and European sites, Glatfelter has achieved the chain-of-custody forest certification Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®). Also Glatfelter works on using alternative fibers like abaca and develops recycled paper.
    Glatfelter is a global supplier of specialty papers and engineered materials, operating at 14 different locations worldwide. Dedicated to responsible forest management, Glatfelter states in its environmental policy that the company is “practicing sustainable forestry on company-owned lands as well as encouraging landowners we work with to manage their lands in a sustainable way.” Conforming to this policy, Glatfelter has earned third-party endorsement for its natural resources made of wood.

    At its North American and European sites, Glatfelter has achieved the chain-of-custody forest certification Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®). Also, at its U.S. facilities Glatfelter has achieved the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI®) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). Further efforts to produce sustainable paper products, Glatfelter works on using alternative fibers like abaca and develops recycled paper made from post-consumer waste.
  • The viscose speciality fibre manufacturer Kelheim Fibres received the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Certified Biobased Product label for its products DANUFIL®, GALAXY® and VILOFT® in March 2018. The label is managed by the USDA BioPreferred® Program and aims at increasing the purchase and use of bio-based products. This reduces the reliance on petroleum, increases the use of renewable agricultural resources, and contributes to minimizing adverse environmental and health impacts.
    The fibres are completely made of pure wood pulp and proven to be bio-degradable. Speciality fibre VILOFT® has also been awarded the Lighthouse Award from the Bavarian Environmental Cluster in July 2018. Wet wipes made with VILOFT® short cut fibres disintegrate rapidly in the sewage system as a result of the fibres’ special cross section. The Lighthouse award is presented annually by the Environmental Cluster of Bavaria to outstanding projects in the field of environmental technology that have already been implemented and that are commercially viable.
  • Nölken Hygiene Products who produce personal hygiene products were given a Responsible Care award in 2016 for its project to introduce trainees to the subject of sustainability. The project resulted in a new wet wipe for babies called Babyline®. It cares for sensitive baby skin and is made with all-natural raw materials. The nonwoven is fully made of viscose based on pulp of European origin and of local wood species.
    Nölken Hygiene Products is a medium-sized family company specialized in the production of personal hygiene products, especially wet wipes. In September 2016, the company was honoured with the Responsible Care award for its efforts in the development of sustainable products and the awareness raising on sustainability and product responsibility in traineeships. The project was designed to introduce trainees to the subject of sustainability. The result was a wet wipe for babies that is produced under exemplary sustainable conditions.

    The new Babyline®- Green wet wipe protects and cares for sensitive baby skin of the baby with all-natural raw materials from certified organic farms. The nonwoven is fully made of viscose based on pulp of European origin and of local wood species. The formulation is made of 97% natural ingredients with aloe vera from organic farming. Furthermore, the product packaging is made of recyclable material consisting of 50% post-industrial recycled material and the printing ink is made of 90% renewable resources from a local supplier.
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Responsible end-of-life : Engaging with all stakeholders in developing optimal waste and circular economy solutions

  • Kimberly-Clark started an initiative in order to help consumers recycle more types of material. The programs (UK and US) both provide simple, consistent recycling messages for product packaging. Both initiatives include regular consumer education campaigns to raise awareness and the UK program is now widely recognized by consumers.
    142 consumer product companies have joined forces in order to reduce landfill waste in the UK and the USA. Amongst the member-companies, Kimberly-Clark started an initiative in order to help consumers recycle more types of material. The programs, On-Pack Recycling Label (OPRL) in the UK and How2RecycleTM in the United States, both provide simple, consistent recycling messages for product packaging. Both initiatives include regular consumer education campaigns to raise awareness. In the UK, the OPRL is now widely recognized by consumers, with 7 in 10 recognizing the label.
  • In 2013, Suominen Corporation launched the consumer awareness campaign “We Love Wipes” with corresponding facebook and Twitter pages. The platform intends to increase consumer awareness on disposable nonwoven products. With more than 20,000 tweets on Twitter and 16,361 followers on facebook, the campaign has changed the view on wipes.
    Regularly, Suominen organizes live-chats about environmental questions on the campaign blog. It also communicates its position on environmental performance of the products, where wipes are made of natural fibers certified by FSC® and PEFC. 
     
  • In January 2019, 28 global companies of the plastics and consumer goods industries formed global Alliance to End Plastic Waste and have committed to invest $1.5 billion over the next five years. Including many EDANA members it aims to develop and scale solutions to minimize plastic waste in the environment. The Alliance projects focus on enabling a circular economy to minimize and manage plastic waste in the environment and its strategy is based on 4 pillars and actively supports the initiative Renew Oceans.
    Plastic waste in the environment, especially the oceans, is a serious global challenge that calls for immediate action and strong leadership across the value chain. In January 2019, an alliance of 28 global companies of the plastics and consumer goods industries have therefore found the new global Alliance to End Plastic Waste and have committed to invest $1.5 billion over the next five years. The cross value-chain Alliance, of which Procter & Gamble, BASF, Berry Global, Clariant, Covestro, Henkel and ExxonMobil are EDANA members, aims to develop and scale solutions to minimize plastic waste in the environment.

    By collaborating with other initiatives, organizations, cities, academic institutions and intergovernmental organizations, the Alliance projects focus on enabling a circular economy to minimize and manage plastic waste in the environment. The Alliance strategy comprises four pillars:

    1. Infrastructure development to collect and manage waste and increase recycling; 

    2. Innovation to advance and scale new technologies that make recycling and recovering plastics easier and create value from all post-use plastics; 

    3. Education and engagement of governments, businesses, and communities to mobilize action; 

    4. Clean-up of concentrated areas of plastic waste already in the environment, particularly the major conduits of waste.

    The Alliance actively supports the initiative Renew Oceans, a localized investment and engagement project focused on high leakage rivers. With biofence technology the initiative will start to collect plastic flowing down major rivers, starting with the Ganges river in India, diverting it from entering the oceans. Renew Oceans’ approach also engages local communities and promote consumer education.
  • Berry Global, along with 25 other companies, launched “The Alliance to End Plastics Waste” this year. This alliance, of which Berry is a founding member aims to end plastic waste in south East Asia by Investing $1.5B USD over 5 years. This organization will bring the collective knowledge, resources, and experience of some of the world’s largest companies to address the issue of plastic waste polluting the environment.
    What makes this Alliance different from other efforts is the inclusion of companies across the entire plastics value chain: manufacturers, consumer goods companies, retailers, waste management firms, and partners in civil society.

  • International Paper joined as new funding parent of The Recycling Partnership  a non-profit that leverages corporate investment to transform recycling for good in hundreds of communities across the United States. The goal of the partnership is to help every family in the United States recycle and recycle well so that the country can double its current recycling rate.
    In 2018, International Paper joined on as new funding partners of The Recycling Partnership , a rapidly growing national nonprofit that leverages corporate investment to transform recycling for good in hundreds of communities across the United States. By supporting The Recycling Partnership, International Paper along with 34 other companies are helping create more circular economy jobs, more material recovery and stronger, more equitable communities. International Paper understands that collaboration is essential for building stronger solutions to environmental and community concerns, including recycling.  

    The Recycling Partnership’s goal is to help every family in the United States recycle and recycle well, so that the country can double its current recycling rate and capture 22 million more tons of recyclables per year, avoid 50 million metric tons of greenhouse gas annually, and save $250 million in contamination costs every year. In just four years, The Recycling Partnership has leveraged $29 million in infrastructure to support 640 communities and counting to improve access to recycling and increase quality of recyclables. The growing groundswell of support from partners like International Paper shows that leading companies, across and within industries, want to invest in recycling solutions that create positive environmental, economic and social change.
  • Japan-based Unicharm invented a disposable diaper recycling program which applies a unique ionization process to low-grade pulp that is extracted from used disposable diapers. The verification testing in Shibushi City has shown that the recycling program can achieve a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of 84% in comparison to landfill disposal and a reduction of 69% in comparison with incineration disposal. 

    Japan-based Unicharm has invented a disposable diaper recycling program in order to reduce the overall environmental impact. A rising demand for baby and adult diapers will ultimately lead to an increase in environmental impacts, especially in waste and CO2emissions. The program was launched in 2015 and applies a unique ionization process to low-grade pulp that is extracted from used disposable diapers. Starting in May 2016, Unicharm has been carrying out verification testing of this recycling system in collaboration with local government authorities and waste collection firms in Shibushi City, Kagoshima Prefecture.

    The verification testing in Shibushi City has shown that the recycling program can achieve a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of 84% in comparison to landfill disposal and a reduction of 69% in comparison with incineration disposal. Furthermore, Unicharm has made advancements by generating electricity from the diaper recycling process.
  • Beaulieu Fibres International, a subsidiary of Beaulieu International Group – business unit Engineered Products, with a focus on manufacturing staple fibres , has developed the new UltraBond, a bonding staple fibre that eliminates the need for latex or other chemical binders to bind nonwovens. It opens up a new path for creating 100% polypropylene (PP) needlepunched fabrics which meet the same performance requirements as traditional constructions while reducing the end-of-life environmental impact. 
    UltraBond helps manufacturers make a significant contribution to the circular economy through the production of 100% recyclable carpets. In addition to making recycled PP available for the plastics production chain and reduced waste generation, their total lack of water use and reduced energy use result in significant environmental advantages and financial savings. There is also a reduction in the VOC level of the carpet. This all leads to a significant reduction in a needlepunch carpet’s ecological footprint. This innovation is especially interesting for the use in tradeshows, where millions of square meters of event carpet are used annually.

    The new UltraBond fibre completely eliminates the need for latex and thus makes the carpet fully recyclable and renders a high-value recyclate. The sustainability benefits are quantified through lifecycle analysis (LCA) where evaluations show that the absence of water consumption directly translates into a large energy saving of 93% when using UltraBond compared to a latex bonding solution. The combination of raw materials (fibres) and fibre bonding technology reduces CO2-emissions by 35%. The potential of UltraBond, as unique thermal bonding fibre, can also be found in other applications such as laminated nonwovens or as an alternative to dry powders.
  • Based in Belgium and selling under the well-known brand names Orotex and Real, BFS Europe nv is the world’s leading manufacturer of needle felt carpets. Our needle felt carpets offer exceptional durability and style for the residential and commercial sector, as well as outdoors, automotive and events. They are also available for specialist applications such as doormats, runners and contract carpet tiles. 
    BFS Europe nv is a proud member of Beaulieu International Group, a well-respected industrial group with headquarters in Belgium. It holds an important market position both in the production of raw materials and intermediate goods, and the supply of perfectly finished floorcoverings. Tradeshows use millions of square meters of event carpet annually. Event carpet is commonly manufactured by chemically bonding fibres using a latex dispersion. As such, these carpets contain high volumes of latex, an energy-consuming raw material that cannot be recycled sustainably.

    Our R&D team developed Rewind, a 100% polyolefin-based recyclable event carpet. Using a newly developed bonding fibre, we were able to completely eliminate the need for latex, while overall maintaining excellent strength and abrasive properties. The resulting carpet is 100% polyolefin-based. The absence of latex makes the carpet fully recyclable, and renders a high-value recyclate. Its efficient manufacturing process reduces gas consumption by 83%, and requires absolutely no water. 

    The combination of raw materials (fibres) and fibre bonding technology reduces CO2  emissions by 35%.  Rewind event carpet is also lighter - an ergonomic advantage for the installer-, costs less per m² to ship and optimizes storage efficiency. Rewind does not compromise on quality: it has a higher density, is fire retardant (BFI-S1), and emits no odors. There is no pilling, and its colours are more vivid.
  • Berry’s Chicopee® J-cloth® green cloth is a colour coded Biodegradable and Compostable and Food Contact Clearance (FCC) wipe that can be disposed in the green bin after use. It is manufactured with carefully selected raw materials and ink. and its design considers the full life cycle analysis.

  • Fater S.p.A cooperated with waste company Contarina S.p.A to open a used absorbent products recycling process. The goal of the plant is to transform used absorbent products into high quality secondary raw materials. 10,000 tonnes of waste can be treated and turned into valuable components annually.
    In cooperation with the waste company Contarina S.p.A., Fater S.p.A. opened its used absorbent products recycling process in October 2017. This project has earned recognition as « Circular Economy Champion » by the European Commission because absorbent hygiene waste is no longer disposed of in landfill but is 100% recycled to raw materials.

    The goal of the plant is to transform used absorbent products into high quality secondary raw materials. 10,000 tonnes of waste can be treated and turned into valuable components annually. One tonne of used absorbent products is converted into 150 kg of cellulose, 75 kg of plastics and 75 kg of super absorbing polymers. During the process, the used products are first stored, then sterilized and odour-neutralized, then pre-separated into main constituents and dried. In the final process, the components are mechanically separated in rotating cylinders.
  • DEJA™ from IVL Wellman International is an industry and consumer awareness initiative which aims to assist the identification of fibre and packaging products, which contain, or are made wholly from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic. DEJA™ products are ‘remade to be made again’ and a key objective is to engage with all stakeholders in the value chain.
    DEJA™ is a branded industry and consumer awareness initiative from IVL Wellman International in support of a circular economy. The purpose of DEJA™ is to assist the identification of fibre and packaging products, which contain, or are made wholly from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic (rPET, polyethylene terephthalate) and to empower the consumer to make an informed and responsible purchase choice. Plastic Products which are designed efficiently, can be fully recycled and remade into a multitude of products and applications, which in turn can be recycled. DEJA™ products are ‘remade to be made again’.

    A key objective of the DEJA™ programme is to engage with all stakeholders in the value chain in a structured approach of education, innovation and circularity.  Education in respect of communicating the value of plastic as a resource to Government, OEM’s and the consumer and advocating responsible management. Innovation is critical in terms of product design and optimising recycling potential, in effect encouraging designing for recycling. Circularity optimises the potential to ‘close the loop’ through collaboration and design partnerships.
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