Circular economy at its best

Using natural resources wisely is more important than ever. Metsä Board uses materials and energy efficiently.


For example, despite our mills being located in the most water rich areas in the world, we still use our water resources efficiently and seek continuously new ways to reduce their use. ​

Paperboard is an ideal material for use as part of a circular economy, where raw materials are recovered after their primary use and then used again in the same way or for new purposes. Paperboard is well recognised as a recyclable material, and its fibres form the basis of recycled paper and board.

See below some facts we're proud of.

Forests are a source of recreation

In Northern Europe people value their forest roots and want to keep forests healthy. People walk, hunt and pick berries and mushrooms in forests.

Rain waters the forest

In Metsä Board’s wood supply areas there is so much rainfall that forests need no watering.

Board production is mostly integrated in pulp production
For instance Metsä Board Husum mill is one of the biggest integrated sites in Europe, with its own chemical pulp mill. Being an integrated mill site, Husum has the advantage of low product carbon footprints.
Bark is utilized as a bio-energy source

By using the side streams of production Metsä Board also reduces its fossile CO2 emissions. In 2015 more than 80% of the fuels Metsä Board used were bio-based.

Water is used efficiently

​Water is essential in the pulp and paperboard making process. Since 2010, Metsä Board has reduced its use of process water by 16 per cent – this is already just one percentage point away from the target to be achieved by 2020.

Waste water is carefully purified

​Mills have effluent treatment plants. Water is also recycled effectively inside the mill which minimises wastewater emissions and saves energy.  In 2016, Metsä Board was awarded a place on CDP’s Water A List, as one of the world leaders for its corporate action on water security and sustainable water management.

Also lakes and seas are a source of recreation

​Other Nordic recreations are fishing, sauna bathing and swimming – in clean water.

Metsä Boards paperboards are lightweight

​Lightweight boards are resource efficient both for us as well as for our customers. Thanks to lightweighting, Metsä Board’s paperboards have lower environmental impacts. They consume less energy, water and raw material, decrease transport weights and produce less waste. Also for instance food waste is reduced with high-quality packaging, by protecting the product and ensuring the product stays intact throughout the logistic chain.

Board is recyclable

​At the end of their life cycle Metsä Board’s paperboards can be recycled, depending upon local recycling services. In Europe, paper and board packaging have the highest rate of recycling when compared to other packaging materials such as glass, metal and plastics.

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