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 almost 20 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:
The setting up of outdoor decking at cafés and restaurants is one of the first signs of summer. At home, getting out the barbecue and inviting friends for long lazy summer days and evenings on the deck is what summer holidays are all about. Sunbathing, reading, exercising or just drinking a morning coffee in peace, all are part of life on a deck. When summer turns to autumn, when the light fades and an evening chill sets in, there is no better way to live the last of summer, than wrapped in a blanket in a comfortable chair: a deck chair. Decking and summer and free time: inseparable!
Wood is a valuable raw material, and efforts have been made to ensure that every fibre is utilized as thoroughly as possible. These days, natural resources are used in the Finnish forest industry with a high level of efficiently and responsibility — so less can be used for more. In a circular economy, the production and consumption produce as little waste as possible.