Being smart about how we use resources is a true win-win. Achieving greater efficiency in our supply chain reduces resources and environmental impact. We do this by investing in new technology, and through our energy and materials saving programs ESAVE and MSAVE.
Essity’s production facilities have a common objective – to improve efficiency and drive improvements in process development and manufacturing. We draw on our global expertise and economies of scale to establish world-class supply chain. Our efforts range from global initiatives to small step-by- step improvements. We constantly decrease the use of energy and materials, optimize transport and reduce waste. Essity’s global functions that manage purchasing, production, logistics and technology have the main responsibility for making this happen.
Every Essity facility works to save resources by reducing the use of energy and materials, as well as the generation of waste. The two programs ESAVE and MSAVE constitute our main means of decreasing the use of energy and materials.
Efficient use of fiber is a priority at all our sites. We have sophisticated systematic processes to evaluate the type, quality and volume of waste throughout the recycling process. While most of the fiber efficiency improvements derive from multiple actions, we are always looking for state-of-the-art technology that can provide further benefits.
One example is a globally unique pilot project in South Glens Falls in the US, where we successfully installed a fiber recovery unit in our process for recycled paper, enabling us to recirculate the majority of fiber of sufficient quality back to the process. This will improve efficiency and the ecocycle, while yielding a 20% improvement in the use of recycled fibers. Overall, Essity reduced waste generation from produced tissue by 3% in 2018, meaning we were able to increase our raw-material yield in an amount corresponding to more than 4,000 tons of fiber based products.
When we transport and deliver products to our customers on pallets, some of these need to be covered with stretch film. By applying the right amount of tension and modifying the force used, we can optimize the use of stretch film. This has led to a 13% reduction in the use of plastics at European tissue sites since 2016. This is equal to 640 tons of stretch film and a CO₂ emissions reduction of 1,580 tons.