Metsä Board focuses on lightweight paperboards that offer the advantages of heavier grades in terms of stiffness and thickness, while using much lower quantities of raw materials for the same application.
Lighter packaging products mean reduced environmental impacts at every stage of the product life cycle – using less raw materials, less energy and water as well as enabling lower transport weights and less waste. Thanks to their quality-consistency, our products also perform smoothly and reliably on printing and converting machines and packaging lines, thus reducing production waste too.
Because our paperboards are made of fresh fibre that provides the required strength at lower grammages than recycled fibers, the required printing area or package can be produced from lower quantities of raw materials.
Our products can be recycled
Metsä Board’s paperboard products are designed to be recycled. In Europe, paperboard packaging has the highest rate of recycling when compared to other packaging material categories such as glass, metal and plastics (www.cepi.org).
The recycling possibilities are though depending of local recycling options in each market.
Using recyclable materials such as fresh fibre is an important way to save natural resources. Recycling should ideally be carried out as close to the point of collection as possible, rather than shipping recovered materials off to faraway markets for reuse.
Paper and board have many advantages when it comes to recycling:
- Consumers can easily identify recyclable paper and board.
- Households are willing to sort and separately bin paper without any refund or cash incentive.
- Municipal collections for waste paper are well established.
- Paper and paperboard have been made from waste materials for hundreds of years, so the related processes are widely understood.
All Metsä Board’s paperboards are recyclable or can be incinerated for energy recovery or composted at the end of their life-cycle.