Bio and circular economy use fresh fibres
Our partner network plays an important role when utilising the side streams in the best possible way. Cooperation with small and industrial partners is key to creating efficient ecosystems as part of a sustainable bioeconomy and circular economy. Resource efficiency and a broad network of partners make it possible to produce wood products for a variety of end uses: wood products, pulp for board, papers, textiles, composite materials for the electronics industry, and raw materials for paints, tyres, perfumes, agriculture fertilisers and many more.
In 2017, Metsä Group started up a new next-generation bioproduct mill in Äänekoski, whose industrial ecosystem enables using wood in a more resource-efficient way. Small and medium-sized companies in the network are of the ecosystem and circular economy, and thus create added value.
Wood from sustainably managed forests is a renewable raw material, and products made from it can almost always be recycled. To guarantee product safety, for example, food packaging requires fresh fibre whose origin and purity of the production process are always known. Fresh fibre packaging should be recycled.
Although wood fibre can be reused, it cannot be circulated endlessly. In Europe, wood fibres are currently used at an average of 3.5 times. However, every time the fibre is used, it is cut shorter and the quality characteristics deteriorate. Therefore, it is necessary to get fresh fibres from sustainably managed forests to the circulation. Utilising fresh fibre ensures the availability of recovered fibre. If no fresh fibre entered the fibre circulation, it would immediately result in a shortage of recycled fibre. It can therefore be said that fresh fibres allow recycling.