The shape of the future is circular

We see the circular economy as a way to build a prosperous, sustainable future for both society and business.


How do we see circular economy?

The circular bioeconomy addresses two key global challenges of our time: climate change and the growing scarcity of natural resources. In a circular economy, waste is minimised and renewable resources are used in a sustainable, efficient way.

UPM’s circular bioeconomy approach boils down to three words: Biofore beyond fossils.  Circular economy contributes to climate change mitigation by reducing the resource extraction and by offering renewable renewable and recyclable alternatives to fossil-based materials and products. We reuse or recycle the majority of our production waste. We recycle materials and products several times, and we create added value through smart solutions.

Our goal is to minimise waste and maximise reuse. Cross-industry collaboration and new technologies offer us tools to create innovative products and solutions. We do all this to generate economic, social and environmental value for our stakeholders and society.

This is exactly how UPM has operated for many years. We see the circular economy as the cornerstone of a sustainable future.


See how circular economy works at UPM


Circular economy at UPM


My favourite activity was the rubbish rally!


A circular economy creates solutions in the construction industry


UPM Raflatac receives recycled content certification for its PET PCR labeling materials sold in the U.S.

From trash to treasure

Efficient use of renewable wood is at the core of our business. This means that we reuse or recycle most of our production waste. It is utilised either as raw material or in energy production. Reusing waste or residues in innovative products is also a way of improving our competitiveness.

We aim to become a Zero Solid Process Waste to Landfill company globally by 2030. This means that in the future, we will not deposit any waste at landfill sites or incinerate waste without energy recovery. The Zero Solid Process Waste initiative develops smart and sustainable solutions through which excess materials can be circulated to generate value.

production waste reused or recycled
of nutrients used in our waste water treatment plants come from recycled sources

UPM Kaukas leads the way in promoting the circular economy


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