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HELSINKI - Nonwovens manufacturer Suominen has outlined the recent progress made towards meting its ambitious sustainability targets.

"Sustainability means that Suominen does things efficiently and responsibly in terms of the environment, people, and the economy," the company said. "All three dimensions are critical throughout the value chain, from raw material supply to end product."

As part of active work to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, Suominen is shifting entirely to fossil-free electricity in all its European plants. “This shift is one of the measures we are taking to reduce our GHG emissions in the future,” said Juan Carlos Esteve, Director, HSEQ.

During 2021 Suominen launched 13 sustainable products with a complex variety of features. Suominen’s Hydraspun family was enhanced by two products. Suominen’s Hydraspun Aquaflo was designed to raise the standard of moist toilet tissue, passing the strictest flushability standard in the industry published by the International Water Services Flushability Group (IWSFG.) In addition, Aquaflo also passed the GD4 flushability standard of INDA/EDANA in independent testing.

Suominen’s second flushable product launched this year was Hydraspun Regal, which received the WRC Fine to Flush Manufacturer Generic Certification for nonwovens producers. With these launches, Suominen says it can justify its claim as a leading manufacturer of dispersible nonwovens.

Elsewhere, Suominen’s Biolace family was completed with a variety of sustainable products. This included the launch of Biolace Ultrasoft and Biolace Cashmere. Both are designed to offer exceptional softness and absorption capacity that is much higher when compared to typical sustainable or renewable nonwovens, which makes them an excellent choice for personal care and consumers looking for products for caring for sensitive skin or if they are just looking for premium softness and touch.

Also available is Biolace Silva which the company says succeeds in delivering natural power with exceptional cleaning performance and a cloth-like feeling. Suominen has also collaborated on a number of projects with a range of different stakeholders including working with Infinited Fiber Company on the development of a nonwoven sheet made from 100% textile waste.

In addition to progress on its sustainability agenda themes, Suominen was also again awarded the prestigious RRITE supplier award from Rockline Industries at their 21st annual virtual SoRa event. Rockline nominations for this annual award are given to the supplier who exemplifies their values of renew, respect, integrity, teamwork, and excellence.


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