Sustainable products

Suominen recognizes that our natural environments are changing and that consumers are increasingly making choices based on environmental and social issues. These changes require Suominen as a company to evolve and raise the bar we set for ourselves in terms of sustainability.

As a leading supplier of nonwovens, Suominen has long had a broad portfolio of sustainable products and processes for manufacturing them. Our BIOLACE® product line pulls from this unique capability and offers a wide variety of substrates composed of renewable and biodegradable raw materials without binders. Our HYDRASPUN® Plus and Essential grades are not only biodegradable, but also engineered for disintegration per the latest INDA / EDANA guidelines.

 

Sustainability categories

 

Definitions around what types of plastic are considered acceptably biodegradable have been incomplete and can be confusing to navigate when trying to select a nonwoven.

Below is a simplified visual guide to understanding some basics within sustainable options, and how certain raw materials can contribute to a nonwoven’s sustainability 

 

 

 

Recycled content

Raw materials include recycled fiber content, including recycled PET,

Renewable raw materials

Raw materials come from renewable sources, certified per ASTM D6866

Compostable

All raw materials achieve 3rd party compliance with ASTM D6400 / EN13432

Plastic free

All raw materials composed of naturally occurring fibers with biodegradation ability unmodified by their production process 

Flushable & dispersible

Nonwoven complies with latest INDA / EDANA guidelines

 

 

Engaging Single Use Plastics Directive

 

Suominen supports the reduction of marine pollution, and we are ready to cooperate with the EU in this mission. Given the irreplaceable role our products play in modern society, it’s critical to promote consumer education and proper labeling of nonwovens products to avoid improper disposal methods. As legislation develops in the EU and in other governmental entities, Suominen will continue to lobby for more clear definitions in the legislation itself, in order for the laws to be as effective as possible. 

Certifications

 

Suominen offers traceability certifications for FSC®, PEFC & SFI, as well as skin-safe certifications like OEKO-TEX. For dispersible grades, Suominen manages INDA / EDANA compliance certificates.

Certifications of Suominen production plants. 

Alicante

FSC® (FSC-C129514), ISO 9001, ISO 14001, PEFC™

Bethune

ISO 9001, ISO 14001

Cressa

FSC® (FSC-C110084), ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 50001, OHSAS 18001, PEFC™

Green Bay

FSC® (FSC-C119895), ISO 9001, ISO 14001

Mozzate

FSC® (FSC-C110084), ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 50001, OHSAS 18001, PEFC™

Nakkila

FSC® (FSC-C121734), ISO 9001, ISO 14001, Oeko Tex, PEFC™

Paulínia

ISO 9001

Windsor Locks

FSC® (FSC-C134145), ISO 9001, ISO 14001, PEFC™, SFI®