Essity’s ambition is to develop products and services for a circular society. This calls for creative thinking, new business models and partnerships.
Access to hygiene and health products is essential for people across the world. We aim to take responsibility for the whole life cycle, even after the products are used. We already have good examples, like using recycled fibers for a high share of tissue products. Making products thinner, using less materials is one way to reduce waste. Optimizing products and care is another way of reducing waste, such as TENA Solutions where we have up to 30% less waste.
With regards to our manufacturing, our goal is clear: All solid production waste is to be recovered and nothing should be sent to landfill after 2030. The target inspires and drives a series of measures and local adaption to find suitable ways to recover Essity’s various types of waste. We achieved a recovery rate of 65% in 2020.
Tissue products are made of renewable fresh or recycled fibers, and this is an advantage that creates value. After use, tissue products can be incinerated, creating renewable energy, or composted, going back to nature. We are currently working to improve composting, and together with selected customers we have several pilots to recycle paper hand towels.
Essity's ambition is to develop products and solutions for a circular society. This calls for creative thinking, new business models and partnerships. In the long term, we want to be part of a new system where nothing goes to waste.
Together with external partners, we are working to solve the challenges in front of us to establish business models for collecting and recycling used personal care products. Today incineration with energy recovery is the best option, but we aim to find new recycling solutions.
We are evaluating the integration of alternative fiber as a complement to fresh and recovered fiber as raw material in our production.
In line with our sustainability ambitions to reduce environmental footprints for our solutions, we have set new targets for packaging. We will work towards 100% recyclability and 85% renewable or recycled materials in our packaging by 2025. During 2020, the company’s packaging for hygiene and health products comprised approximately 77% renewable or recycled material.