We are one of the world’s largest tissue manufacturers and we are now integrating alternative fiber as a complement to fresh and recovered fiber as raw material in our production. Essity is the first and only company in Europe that produces high quality pulp of straw. For this purpose, a unique 8,000 square meter facility was built in the Mannheim facility in Germany, which sets new industry standards.
The new cellulose made from straw is as soft, tear-resistant and highly absorbent as conventional cellulose made from wood fibers. It is processed into high-quality hygiene products from the market-leading consumer brand Zewa. The process will enable a reduction in the use of water and energy while the by-product of the integrated pulping process will be further refined to serve as a substitute for oil-based chemicals. Globally, half of all straw goes unused. By using this agricultural by-product and making it into high-quality pulp, we become more circular and can offer our consumers a tissue product with less climate impact.
Essity employees reveals what makes this innovation unique.
The new pulp mill was built in record time. It will go into operation just 18 months after the groundbreaking ceremony in May 2020.
Donato Giorgio, Essity's President Global Supply Chain and a member of the Executive Management Team, recently spoke to Tissue World Magazine about pulp made from straw and Essity's contribution to the circular economy.
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