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Why packaging matters
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Food waste is a huge problem
So far this year
tonnes of food have been  lost or wasted globally .
Roughly  one third  of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year gets lost or wasted.

Food waste accounts for almost 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions.
By protecting food in transport, in the store and in our homes, packaging helps cut down food waste.

But the ideal packaging should not only keep food fresh and safe to eat – it should also be easily recyclable to save resources and reduce its carbon footprint.
Why packaging matters
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Food waste is a huge problem
So far this year
tonnes of food have been  lost or wasted globally .
Roughly  one third  of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year gets lost or wasted.

Food waste accounts for almost 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions.
By protecting food in transport, in the store and in our homes, packaging helps cut down food waste.

But the ideal packaging should not only keep food fresh and safe to eat – it should also be easily recyclable to save resources and reduce its carbon footprint.
Sustainable forestry
We only use renewable fresh fibre from sustainably managed forests.
We have total control of our wood and pulp supply chain, which enables  100% traceability  – so we know where all our wood comes from.
All Metsä parties in our wood supply chain have both PEFC™ and FSC® Chain of Custody certificates.
All the wood we use comes from certified or controlled sources. This ensures that the forests are responsibly managed.
Sustainable products
Audits of wood procurement
Traceable origin of wood
Protection of biodiversity
Protection of soil and water
Forest regeneration
Actions at the production units
Metsä Group, external auditors and authorities conduct on-site audits at the logging site.
Certification shows customers that the wood used in the products originates from sustainably managed forests.
All production units in the supply chain calculate the share of certified wood used in the products and report this forward all the way to the customer.
Safety at work
Wood used in our products originates from PEFC™ or FSC® certified or controlled forests. Licence codes: PEFC™/02-31-92 and FSC®-C001580.
We use fossil-free energy
the share of fossil-free energy in Metsä Board’s production.
82%
the share of fossil-free energy globally.
26%
98%
of our production waste is utilised as material or for renewable energy.
2,846,507
Saving energy
Between 2009–2018, we’ve improved our energy efficiency and saved
MWh of energy.
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That's equal to the annual electricity consumption of
4-person Finnish households
Preserving and cleaning water
of the water we use in production is returned to waterways after it has been carefully treated.
99%
of the water we use is surface water – saving valuable groundwater.
99%
55,334,400 m3
Between 2010 and 2018, we reduced the amount of process water we used by
That's equal to the average  annual water use  of 
people in
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Efficient use of water also helps to reduce energy use and, in turn, CO2 emissions
Reducing weight
Our lightweight paperboards help reduce CO2 emissions, from raw materials to production to transport to recycling.
The benefits of being lightweight:
Less energy, water and raw material consumed for production
Lower transport weight reduces CO2 emissions
Less waste at the end of the product's life
Paperboard or plastic?
of  plastic packaging is produced every year . The majority of this is made with non-replaceable fossil fuels.
78 million tonnes
42%
Total plastic packaging recycling rates
Europe
15%
USA
85%
Total paper and paperboard packaging recycling rates
Europe
78%
USA
Recycle again and again
Wood fibre is the perfect solution for the circular economy. Unlike plastic, paperboard is already recycled effectively – including into new packaging.
Explore the global flows of
plastic packaging
paperboard packaging
From printing & writing papers, such as copy paper, old newsprint and magazines.
Process loss
59% recycled fibre.
Reject in sorting.
The world paper and board recovery rate is predicted to reach 61% in 2019.
- Landfill
- Littering
- Energy recovery
Paperboard demand 209 million tonnes.
31% virgin fibre.
Paperboard production 209 million tonnes.
10% of the paperboard's composition are coatings and fillers such as kaolin and starch.
Source
Source
32% leaks out of the collection system — that is, either it is not collected at all, or it is collected but then illegally dumped or mismanaged.
40% landfilled.
14% is sent to an incineration and/or energy recovery process, mostly through incineration in mixed solid waste incinerators.
14% collected for recycling.
Today, 95% of plastic packaging material value or USD 80–120 billion annually is lost to the economy after a short first use.
The plastics industry as a whole is highly reliant on finite stocks of oil and gas.
8% cascaded recycling: Recycling of plastics into other, lower-value applications.
2% closed-loop recycling: Recycling of plastics into the same or similar-quality applications.
4% process losses.
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
Our work supports these UN SDGs in particular
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a collection of 17 global goals set by the United Nations General Assembly covering a wide range of environmental, social and economic development issues to make people’s lives – and the health of our planet – better.
We bring the forest to you
We work for a better climate and environment
We offer sustainable choices
We aim to have fossil-free mills, fossil-free purchased energy, and resource-efficient production.
Our goal is to increase the amount of certified wood fibre we use and help safeguard biodiversity.
We work to ensure a responsible corporate culture and an accident-free work environment.
We create well-being
We want a sustainable supply chain that uses fossil-free raw materials.
Fossil-free mills by the year 2030
Our 2030 sustainability objectives
Goal 12
Responsible consumption and production
Metsä Board’s paperboards are made from fresh fibre, which is a renewable raw material and can replace fossil-based packaging materials.

All wood fibre used by Metsä Board is fully traceable and originates from sustainably managed forests.

Metsä Board promotes the circular economy, and over 98% of its production side streams is now used for recycling or energy production. The target is to utilise 100% of side streams by 2030.

All Metsä Board’s paperboards are designed to be recycled after use.

Compared to heavier grades, Metsä Board’s lightweight paperboards consume less raw materials, energy and water whilst enabling lower transport weights and creating less waste.
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Goal 13
Climate action
Metsä Board continuously reduces its fossil carbon dioxide emissions by improving its energy efficiency and increasing the share of fossil-free energy used in production.

In 2018, Metsä Board's fossil-free energy consumption was 82% of total energy consumption, and most of it was based on renewable sources.

Metsä Board's target is for all mills to be fossil-free by 2030, both in terms of their own energy production and purchased energy.
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Goal 15
Life on land
100% of Metsä Board’s wood raw material is traceable and comes from sustainably managed forests that are either certified or meet the criteria of controlled origin.

Metsä Board’s target is to increase its usage of certified wood raw material to over 90% by 2030 (in 2018 this figure was 79%).

Metsä Board safeguards biodiversity, for example by leaving high biodiversity stumps and retention trees in logging sites.
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Goal 9
Industry, innovation and infrastructure
Metsä Board continues to improve its resource efficiency and processes and invests in new, sustainable industrial concepts and technologies as well as in renewable energy.

Metsä Board actively participates in research, development and innovation networks.
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Goal 8
Decent work and economic growth
Metsä Board provides jobs for over 2,300 people, and our indirect employment impact is much larger.

Metsä Board pays special attention to safety at work in its own operations as well as in its subcontractors’ operations. Our target is to have zero lost-time accidents (LTA1) by 2030.

Metsä Board focuses on well-being and safety at work and in society at large. Metsä Board promotes the creation of favourable conditions to help children and young people in particular to enjoy a good life.
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Goal 7
Affordable and clean energy
Metsä Board is a significant producer and user of renewable energy. The whole Metsä Group produces over 15% of renewable energy in Finland.

Metsä Board is continuously improving the energy efficiency of its processes. Our target is to improve our energy efficiency by over 10% between 2018 and 2030.
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Goal 6
Clean water and sanitation
Metsä Board uses water sustainably and resource-wisely. The target is to reduce the process water used per tonne of product by 30% between 2018 and 2030.

99% of the water Metsä Board uses is surface water which is returned to nature after careful purification.

All of Metsä Board’s mills are located in Finland and Sweden, both of which have abundant water resources.
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Goal 6
Clean water and sanitation
Metsä Board uses water sustainably and resource-wisely. The target is to reduce the process water used per tonne of product by 30% between 2018 and 2030.

99% of the water Metsä Board uses is surface water which is returned to nature after careful purification.

All of Metsä Board’s mills are located in Finland and Sweden, both of which have abundant water resources.
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Goal 7
Affordable and clean energy
Metsä Board is a significant producer and user of renewable energy. The whole Metsä Group produces over 15% of renewable energy in Finland.

Metsä Board is continuously improving the energy efficiency of its processes. Our target is to improve our energy efficiency by over 10% between 2018 and 2030.
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Goal 8
Decent work and economic growth
Metsä Board provides jobs for over 2,300 people, and our indirect employment impact is much larger.

Metsä Board pays special attention to safety at work in its own operations as well as in its subcontractors’ operations. Our target is to have zero lost-time accidents (LTA1) by 2030.

Metsä Board focuses on well-being and safety at work and in society at large. Metsä Board promotes the creation of favourable conditions to help children and young people in particular to enjoy a good life.
Close
Goal 9
Industry, innovation and infrastructure
Metsä Board continues to improve its resource efficiency and processes and invests in new, sustainable industrial concepts and technologies as well as in renewable energy.

Metsä Board actively participates in research, development and innovation networks.
Close
Goal 12
Responsible consumption and production
Metsä Board’s paperboards are made from fresh fibre, which is a renewable raw material and can replace fossil-based packaging materials.

All wood fibre used by Metsä Board is fully traceable and originates from sustainably managed forests.

Metsä Board promotes the circular economy, and over 98% of its production side streams is now used for recycling or energy production. The target is to utilise 100% of side streams by 2030.

All Metsä Board’s paperboards are designed to be recycled after use.

Compared to heavier grades, Metsä Board’s lightweight paperboards consume less raw materials, energy and water whilst enabling lower transport weights and creating less waste.
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Goal 13
Climate action
Metsä Board continuously reduces its fossil carbon dioxide emissions by improving its energy efficiency and increasing the share of fossil-free energy used in production.

In 2018, Metsä Board's fossil-free energy consumption was 82% of total energy consumption, and most of it was based on renewable sources.

Metsä Board's target is for all mills to be fossil-free by 2030, both in terms of their own energy production and purchased energy.
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Goal 15
Life on land
100% of Metsä Board’s wood raw material is traceable and comes from sustainably managed forests that are either certified or meet the criteria of controlled origin.

Metsä Board’s target is to increase the share of certified wood raw material to over 90% by 2030 (79% in 2018).

Metsä Board safeguards biodiversity for example by leaving high biodiversity stumps and retention trees in logging sites.
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Help us spread the word about the benefits of paperboard packaging
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The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
Our work supports these UN SDGs in particular
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a collection of 17 global goals set by the United Nations General Assembly covering a wide range of environmental, social and economic development issues to make people’s lives – and the health of our planet – better.
We bring the forest to you
We work to ensure a responsible corporate culture and an accident-free work environment.
We create well-being
Our goal is to increase the amount of certified wood fibre we use and help safeguard biodiversity.
We aim to have fossil-free mills, fossil-free purchased energy, and resource-efficient production.
We want a sustainable supply chain that uses fossil-free raw materials.
We work for a better climate and environment
We offer sustainable choices
Our 2030 sustainability objectives
Slide the view to see the big picture
Fossil-free mills by the year 2030
Paperboard or plastic?
of  plastic packaging is produced every year . The majority of this is made with non-replaceable fossil fuels.
78 million tons
42%
Total plastic packaging recycling rates
Europe
15%
USA
85%
Total paper and paperboard packaging recycling rates
Europe
78%
USA
Recycle again and again
Wood fibre is the perfect solution for the circular economy. Unlike plastic, paperboard is already recycled effectively – including into new packaging.
Explore the global flows of
plastic packaging
paperboard packaging
From printing & writing papers, such as copy paper, old newsprint and magazines.
Process loss
59% recycled fibre.
Reject in sorting.
The world paper and board recovery rate is predicted to reach 61% in 2019.
- Landfill
- Littering
- Energy recovery
Paperboard demand 209 million tonnes.
31% virgin fibre.
Paperboard production 209 million tonnes.
10% of the paperboard's composition are coatings and fillers such as kaolin and starch.
Source
Source
32% leaks out of the collection system — that is, either it is not collected at all, or it is collected but then illegally dumped or mismanaged.
40% landfilled.
14% is sent to an incineration and/or energy recovery process, mostly through incineration in mixed solid waste incinerators.
14% collected for recycling.
Today, 95% of plastic packaging material value or USD 80–120 billion annually is lost to the economy after a short first use.
The plastics industry as a whole is highly reliant on finite stocks of oil and gas.
8% cascaded recycling: Recycling of plastics into other, lower-value applications.
2% closed-loop recycling: Recycling of plastics into the same or similar-quality applications.
4% process losses.
We use fossil-free energy
the share of fossil-free energy in Metsä Board’s production.
82%
the share of fossil-free energy globally.
26%
98%
of our production waste is utilised as material or for renewable energy.
2,846,507
Saving energy
Between 2009–2018, we’ve improved our energy efficiency and saved
MWh of energy.
{{ datamodel.equals_yearly_electricity_consumption.valueHr }}
That's equal to the annual electricity consumption of
4-person Finnish households
Preserving and cleaning water
of the water we use in production is returned to waterways after it has been carefully treated.
99%
of the water we use is surface water – saving valuable groundwater.
99%
55,334,400 m3
Between 2010 and 2018, we reduced the amount of process water we used by
That's equal to the average  annual water use  of 
people in
{{ datamodel.equals_average_annual_water_use.valueHr }}
Efficient use of water also helps to reduce energy use and, in turn, CO2 emissions
Reducing weight
Our lightweight paperboards help reduce CO2 emissions, from raw materials to production to transport to recycling.
The benefits of being lightweight:
Less energy, water and raw material consumed for production
Lower transport weight reduces CO2 emissions
Less waste at the end of the product's life
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Why packaging matters
Paperboard to the rescue!
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Recycles well
Safe choice for food packaging
Our work towards Sustainable Development Goals
Help spread the word
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Why packaging matters
Paperboard to the rescue!
Renewable
Resource efficient
Safe choice for food packaging
Recycles well
Help spread the word
Privacy policy
Our work towards Sustainable Development Goals
Paperboard to the rescue
Recycles well
Safe for food contact
Resource efficient
Renewable
Paperboard to the rescue
Recycles well
Safe for food contact
Resource efficient
Renewable
Sustainable forestry
We only use renewable fresh fibre from sustainably managed forests.
We have total control of our wood and pulp supply chain, which enables  100% traceability  – so we know where all our wood comes from.
All Metsä parties in our wood supply chain have both PEFC™ and FSC® Chain of Custody certificates.
All the wood we use comes from certified or controlled sources. This ensures that the forests are responsibly managed.
Slide the view to see the big picture
Protection of biodiversity
Wood used in our products originates from PEFC™ or FSC® certified or controlled forests. Licence codes: PEFC™/02-31-92 and FSC®-C001580.
Metsä Group, external auditors and authorities conduct on-site audits at the logging site.
Traceable origin of wood
Audits of wood procurement
Protection of soil and water
Certification shows customers that the wood used in the products originates from sustainably managed forests.
Sustainable products
Forest regeneration
All production units in the supply chain calculate the share of certified wood used in the products and report this forward all the way to the customer.
Safety at work
Actions at the production units
A naturally safe choice
Our clean and safe paperboard protects and preserves food.

All our products are made from fresh fibres, which are traceable and naturally pure.
All our products are produced according to good manufacturing practices and are suitable for food contact.
Our production units work according to the same food safety standards that are used in the food industry (ISO/FSSC 22000).
Case study
Together with Närpes Grönsaker, a Finnish vegetable co-operative, Metsä Board commissioned a study to compare cherry tomato packages made of paperboard with packaging made of plastic (RPET).
The study found that the paperboard cartons preserved the cherry tomatoes at least as well as the plastic packaging.
The effect on the climate of the plastic (recycled PET) box was  six times higher  than that of an average paperboard carton.
Move the slider to see potential greenhouse gas emission savings when switching from recycled PET to paperboard carton.
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from recycled PET to paperboard cartons
That's equal to the  annual carbon footprint  of
people in
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Attention!
The impact on the climate of packaging is less than 1% of the impact of cultivating and packing cherry tomatoes.
Packaging
A naturally safe choice
Our clean and safe paperboard protects and preserves food.

All our products are made from fresh fibres, which are traceable and naturally pure.
All our products are produced according to good manufacturing practices and are suitable for food contact.
Our production units work according to the same food safety standards that are used in the food industry (ISO/FSSC 22000).
Case study
Together with Närpes Grönsaker, a Finnish vegetable co-operative, Metsä Board commissioned a study to compare cherry tomato packages made of paperboard with packaging made of plastic (RPET).
The study found that the paperboard cartons preserved the cherry tomatoes at least as well as the plastic packaging.
The effect on the climate of the plastic (recycled PET) box was  six times higher  than that of an average paperboard carton.
Move the slider to see potential greenhouse gas emission savings when switching from recycled PET to paperboard carton.
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from recycled PET to paperboard cartons
That’s equal to the  annual carbon footprint  of
people in
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Attention!
The impact on the climate of packaging is less than 1% of the impact of cultivating and packing cherry tomatoes.
Packaging
Safe for food contact
High quality paperboard is a safe and hygenic choice for food. 
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Resource efficient
We utilise renewable energy and use energy, water and raw materials efficiently in order to help meet the challenge of climate change.
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Recycles well
Paperboard is easily recyclable and recycles well, meaning that it reduces littering and landfill waste.
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Renewable
Wood fibre is renewable and biodegradable, and it can replace fossil-based materials like plastics.
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Headline of source here!

Source:  Statistics Finland - Total number of household -dwelling units in Finland.
Safe for food contact
High quality paperboard is a safe and hygenic choice for food. 
Find out more
Recycles well
Paperboard is easily recyclable and recycles well, meaning that it reduces littering and landfill waste.
Find out more
Resource efficient
We utilise renewable energy and use energy, water and raw materials efficiently in order to help meet the challenge of climate change.
Find out more
Renewable
Wood fibre is renewable and biodegradable, and it can replace fossil-based materials like plastics.
Find out more
Explore source
Headline of source here!

Source:  Statistics Finland - Total number of household -dwelling units in Finland.
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