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Italian tissue producer Sofidel wins 2016 WWF Environmental Paper Award for sustainability in paper manufacturing sector

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Italian tissue producer Sofidel wins 2016 WWF Environmental Paper Award for sustainability in paper manufacturing sector

November 29, 2016 - 01:10
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PORCARI, Italy, Nov. 29, 2016 (Press Release) -The commitment to sustainability shown by Sofidel, world leading hygienic and household tissue manufacturer, has been recognised by the WWF in their Environmental Paper Awards 2016 ceremony. The award is dedicated to the brands in the paper sector that have distinguished themselves the most through environmental performance and to the paper manufacturers committed to guaranteeing the transparency of their products’ footprint and the constant effort to improve environmental performance.

Three Sofidel products received the 2016 WWF Environmental Paper Awards in the Best Environmental Performance Paper Brands category, a recognition reserved for companies who have made public the performance of their brands, certified by an independent third party, and have achieved a score of more than 80% according to the “Check your Paper” method.

The products awarded, that have achieved an 85% score, are:

  • Mini Jumbo Toilet Tissue Kraft
  • Papernet Centrefeed Hand Towel
  • Papernet Dissolve Tech v-folded Hand Towel

“Check your Paper” is a method developed by the WWF in order to acknowledge and encourage the commitment of companies to reducing the footprint of their paper production in terms of wood sourcing, use of water and climate-changing emissions.

Sofidel’s commitment to the environment has taken concrete form for some time in a series of initiatives, many of which alongside WWF, to support good practice for limiting environmental impact, reducing waste and promoting responsible consumption, within a “Less is more” philosophy that characterises the Group’s activity in its entirety.

To date, Sofidel, between 2009 and 2015, has already reduced its direct CO2 emissions by 17.8%, through investments in energy efficiency and through the use of cogeneration systems and renewable energy sources. Other fundamental areas of activity concern the procurement of cellulose from certified and controlled sources (FSC, PEFC, SFI), now nearly 100% (99.97%), and safeguarding water resources.

The Sofidel Group

The Sofidel Group is one of the leading manufacturer of paper for hygienic and domestic use worldwide. Established in 1966, the Group has subsidiaries in 13 countries – Italy, Spain, the UK, France, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Poland, Hungary, Greece, Romania, Turkey and the USA - with more than 5,500 employees, a consolidated turnover of 1,809 million Euros (2015) and a production capacity of over one million tonnes per year (1,058,000 tonnes in 2015). “Regina”, its most well-known brand, is present on almost all the reference markets. Other brands include: Softis, Le Trèfle, Sopalin, Nouvelle, Thirst Pockets, KittenSoft, Nalys, Cosynel, Yumy, Soft & Easy, Volare, Onda, Lycke, Forest, Nicky, Papernet, Heavenly Soft. A member of UN Global Compact and the international WWF Climate Savers programme, the Sofidel Group considers sustainability a strategic factor with regards to growth and is committed to promoting socially and environmentally responsible development.