We are continuously reducing the environmental impact of our products over the whole life cycle. Our products are recyclable, biodegradable and produced using bioenergy wherever possible.
For the past 15 years, we have used the life cycle impact analysis (LCA) as a guideline in product and process development.
To further increase the sustainability of our products throughout their entire life cycle and value chain, we have adopted the concept of ecodesign. Ecodesign is integrated into our product development throughout our businesses. This approach ensures that we minimise the environmental impact of our raw materials and manufacturing processes across the entire value chain already during the design stage.
The ecodesign approach is divided into eight steps, guiding us in the design and manufacture of sustainable products (Adapted from Lafferty, Marstander and Ruud, 2003, Ecodesign wheel):
UPM takes responsibility for its customers' processes by developing solutions to improve their environmental performance, i.e. steps 2 to 6 in the ecodesign approach described. Examples of such products are shown below:
A luxurious wood look and feel, together with superior stain resistance, are the main characteristics of a new composite decking called UPM ProFi Loggia.
When the Netherlands-based Reklam Speciaaldruk adopted the innovative RafCycle waste management system to recycle label liners into paper, energy and UPM ProFi products, it was a major boost for their sustainability efforts. But there was an additional, unexpected, benefit – the move also attracted attention from new customers.