Raw materials

Raw materials play a vital role in our business since they account for around 70% of our expenses. Suominen uses different fiber materials, such as cellulose-based fibers, polypropylene, and polyester, in the production of nonwovens.

In 2021, the share of raw materials from renewable sources was 59% (54% in 2020), with most of them being cellulosic fibers such as viscose and pulp. We support responsible forest management practices, and we offer nonwovens produced from FSC® (FSC-N002523), PEFC™, and SFI® certified raw materials.

Suominen is constantly looking for solutions to decrease the environmental impact of nonwoven products throughout the value chain. We actively evaluate new, innovative, and sustainable fibers for our products. We have a strong focus on efficient utilization of raw materials, and we continuously work to improve our material efficiency even further. We also strive for the minimization of waste in our production by recycling and finding alternative outlets for non-recyclable production waste.