In 2021, Essity began producing tissue using alternative fibres, such as wheat straw, at the plant in Mannheim, Germany. It invested in improved recycling of food and beverage packaging at the plant in Hondouville, France, so the company can recycle 24,000 tons of packaging per year. It invested in the world’s first tissue machine running a fully geothermal steam drying process at the plant in Kawerau, New Zealand. The company initiated a collaboration with McDonald’s in Germany to manufacture tissue from used paper cups, according to an Essity press release.
The company entered into a collaboration with companies, authorities and organisations to combat deforestation and promote responsible forestry in Russia. The company started a pilot project using green hydrogen for CO2-free tissue production at the tissue plant in Mainz-Kostheim, Germany. The company began producing tissue at Edet Bruk in Sweden using biogas to replace natural gas, making Edet Bruk the world’s first tissue plant with zero fossil CO2 emissions.
Essity’s ambition is to improve the well-being of people all over the world through its hygiene and health products and concurrently reduce its environmental impact. Between 2016 and 2021, Essity reduced its carbon emissions under Science Based Targets, Scope 1 and 2, by 15 per cent. Essity’s target is to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.
“We have a strong focus on our sustainability work and on reducing our carbon footprint, while increasing well-being for more people across the world. Our ambitious targets challenge our entire organisation to constantly identify new solutions and standards in our industry,” Joséphine Edwall-Björklund, senior vice president, group function communications at Essity said in a statement.
Fibre2Fashion News Desk (GK)