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Northwood flies the flag for sustainability

Published 29th November, 2021 by Neil Nixon

Northwood flies the flag for sustainability

Whilst the COVID-19 pandemic may have pushed sustainability further down the agenda for some companies, Northwood Hygiene Products Ltd continues to be fully committed to a sustainable approach. As a UK manufacturer, Northwood is focused on a full circle economy and is helping to drive sustainability by delivering product innovation, eliminating waste and reducing its carbon footprint.

As one of a small number of companies in the UK that is fully vertically integrated, selling as well as converting parent reels, the business collects more than 100,000 tonnes of recovered fibres and produces nearly 70,000 recycled parent reels a year. 80% of Northwood’s products are made from recycled paper and all of Northwood’s paper mills now produce Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified base sheet paper.

The business continues to invest in state-of-the-art machinery and infrastructure to further improve its environmental credentials and it operates a fleet of Euro 6 compliant vehicles, which are mobilised to ensure they never have an empty load. The company has also rolled out an enhanced driver training programme, which has already reduced fuel usage by more than 10%.

Paul Mulready, marketing manager at Northwood, said: “The UK uses 1.3 million tonnes of tissue [1] and gets through 8.5 billion toilet rolls a year [2], so as a nation we need to focus on how we can all minimise our effect on the environment. At Northwood, we are committed to reducing the impact of our operations on the environment and our sustainability strategy focuses on a circular economy which aims to tackle global challenges, such as climate change, waste and pollution. We understand that protecting our forests is essential for our sustainability and our FSC certification demonstrates our commitment to responsible forestry. As a UK manufacturer, our carbon footprint is incredibly small compared to businesses that import from Asia and we’re proud to be shaping change. We will continue to push hard to achieve our own sustainability goals and tackle the climate crisis.”

[1] According to the Confederation of Paper Industries.

[2] According to Statista – the statistics portal for market data.

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