Circular economy

The circular economy is helping to meet the global challenges posed by population growth, resource scarcity, biodiversity loss and global warming. Our paperboards support circular economy.

The circular economy concept is about using renewable resources, ensuring efficient operations and keeping materials in use and in circulation for as long as possible. 

Paperboard is an excellent material for the circular economy. It is made primarily from renewable wood fibre, and it is a recyclable material with a high recycling rate. However, not all paperboard or paper is recycled due to, for example, inadequate sorting, contamination or fibre degradation. Therefore, we are constantly in need of new fresh fibres to maintain the availability of fibre material.

The circular economy is at the heart of our operations

We make the most of the wood we use

As part of Metsä Group, we use 100% of the wood raw material. From the most valuable parts of wood, the thick trunks, Metsä Group's production units manufacture wood products for construction, for example. The thinner parts of the tree trunk and the younger trees from thinning are the main raw materials for pulp and paperboard products. The bark and branches are used to generate bioenergy.

The manufacturing processes of Metsä Group's core products also generate side streams that are valuable raw materials for us and our partners in other industries. For example, wood chips and sawdust from sawmill side streams are supplied to the pulp and paperboard industry as a raw material for pulp, and our partners utilise tall oil in the production of biofuels, adhesives and paints. The bark and black liquor generated during the pulp production process are a significant source of renewable energy for our own production processes as well as for communities in the vicinity of our mills. Renewable energy generated from wood-based fractions accounts for about a half of Metsä Board's total energy consumption.