Lucart’s 14th sustainability report, drawn up in accordance with the international guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI standard), highlights an increase in turnover (+12%) and key investments such as the acquisition of three production plants in Spain, the construction of a new plant in Hungary, the start-up of a new continuous machine for the production of tissue paper (PM12) and the construction of a new, fully automated logistics centre to improve customer service.
The report places considerable emphasis on the analysis of environmental data, which this year has been supplemented with more detailed information on recycled paper.
According to Lucart’s estimates, following an EPD1 (Environmental Product Declaration) analysis carried out on two types of toilet paper showed different environmental benefits for each tonne of recycled toilet paper produced compared to paper made from virgin cellulose. These include:
• An 80% reduction in the consumption of renewable resources, with savings of 4060.90 kg of wood.
• A 38% reduction in the consumption of water resources.
• 20% savings of CO2 emitted.
The report concludes that it is important to manufacture products such as toilet paper from recycled materials, as they cannot be further recycled. However, it goes on to say that this can only be achieved by implementing a regulatory framework that promotes the production and sale of recycled products.
According to data provided by Assocarta, approximately 1.5 million tonnes of tissue paper for hygiene and sanitary use are produced in Italy each year, of which only 7% is produced from recycled material. Lucart goes completely against this trend as more than 53% of the paper it uses is recycled.
In 2018, in order to speed up its transition to a circular economy, Lucart also joined the CE100 network of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.