Product stewardship combines proven ecodesign and product safety thinking

19 May 2015

For us product stewardship is about much more than just making sure that our products are sustainable and safe to use. It is about the eco-design ideology – designing and producing our products responsibly and ensuring, whenever possible, that the end of our products’ lifecycle is the birth of something new. And that we can prove all this.

Ecodesign is integrated to our product development in all businesses. The approach ensures that we minimize the environmental impacts of our raw materials and manufac¬turing processes across the entire value chain already during the design stage.

Today we say ‘no’ to roughly 6,000 harmful chemicals

ProductStewardship_grapWe at UPM are ambitious with product safety. Our products are made of renewable, recyclable and biodegradable materials which forms a solid basis for product safety. Still, to ensure and prove that our paper products do not contain any hazardous chemicals or heavy metals that are harmful to health, we have created The UPM Restricted Chemical Substance List (UPM RSL). It lists roughly 6,000 harmful chemicals that must not be used in our products. In addition, third parties, such as VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, have tested all our products intended for food contact or toys, and verified the products’ suitability for the delicate end-uses.

For our paper customers we offer a unique tool, UPM Product Safety Profile, that brings all relevant product safety information into one, concise form.

Determined efforts in product stewardship make us the world’s largest producer of EU ecolabelled newsprint, graphic and office papers

Transparency is the key word also in product stewardship. We offer product declarations and environmental data for most of our products, thus providing our customers with easy access to any information they might need on the sustainability of the products and supply chain. Our raw materials and products have been granted several ecolabels, such as FSC® and PEFC™ forest certifications, the EU Eco label and the Blue Angel to name some. We have also been active in developing new EU Ecolabel criteria for converted paper products, and in this way strengthening our customers’ ability to succeed with ecolabels.

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