This is Eva. She is here to ask some of the questions we think you might have about our Eco Actions.
Sourcing Materials Today to Protect Tomorrow
Active Sourcing is important because we know that the choices we make today have an impact on tomorrow. The biggest environmental impact in the lifecycle of TENA® incontinence products comes from the materials used to make the products. Our suppliers have to meet our strict standards, upheld by regular audits to ensure quality, product safety, social responsibility and environmental performance. TENA products are made from materials that are both safe and environmentally sound.
Requiring high standards in the areas of quality, product safety, environment and social responsibility is important to us, and is why we have developed our own Supplier Standard for all our partners.
Our Supplier Standard outlines, in detail to all potential and existing suppliers, our expectations for our personal care products. The Supplier Standard is based on recognized standards and management systems, with particular focus on environmentally conscious practices. Suppliers must comply with the relevant legislation, and must be able to demonstrate such compliance in order to partner with us.
The key sustainability areas suppliers must comply with as part of our Supplier Standard include an Environmental Management System and timber sourcing.
Environmental Management System
Suppliers must implement and document an Environmental Management System to demonstrate their commitment, including:
- The supplier's environmental impact
- Compliance with all legal requirements
- Responsibilities, resources and communication
- Setting goals and continuous improvement
Timber and Pulp
Essity's North American tissue production is based on 100% recovered fibre. We require our pulp suppliers to use timber that originates only from known sources and do not accept:
- Illegally logged timber
- Timber from areas where human rights or the traditional rights of indigenous peoples are being violated
- Timber from high conservation-value forests or from areas being transformed from natural forests into tree plantations
We are committed to continuously improving our total performance in the areas covered by the Supplier Standard. Our suppliers are subject to performance evaluation to ensure compliance and adhere to our Code of Conduct to continue to partner with Essity.
Eva: How do I know the materials in TENA products come from responsible sources?
Answer: Our suppliers have to meet our industry-leading set of standards. They have to undertake a rigorous screening process followed by independent checks to ensure their materials are responsibly produced.
Smart Design: Better for you, Better for the Environment
TENA® personal care products help improve the quality of everyday life for a wide range of people: women and men, caregivers, family relatives and healthcare professionals. When developing new products, or looking at how we can improve existing products, we start the process by understanding the individual incontinence needs, conditions and situations of these people. All of our products are tested rigorously with consumers to ensure they deliver the desired benefits in use.
Furthermore, we are constantly seeking new materials and manufacturing processes that deliver the maximum benefit while minimizing environmental impact.
Working collaboratively with nursing homes for many years has allowed us to gain an in-depth understanding of the needs of residents, nursing staff and managers. We continuously seek to share best practices with our partners, to listen and learn how we can continue to improve incontinence care.
Eva: How will TENA products be improved in the future?
Answer: Environmental criteria are an important part of our innovation process. All our products are developed with sustainability goals in mind.
Leaner, Cleaner Production
At Essity, maker of TENA® incontinence products, we use state-of-the-art technology to ensure our manufacturing processes are as efficient as possible. Most of our factories follow an independent international environmental management system by the International Organization of Standardization (ISO 14001) to ensure continued compliance and improvements in reducing environmental impact. Our newer production sites are preparing for certification.
We are proud of the progress we have made so far. State of the art technology means that the conversion of materials to TENA products is a clean, lean, low energy process. In North America, we have reduced the amount of waste our factories send to landfill by 77% during the last eight years by improving our production process, recovering excess materials and by recycling packaging.
Eva: How have you reduced the environmental impact of manufacturing TENA products?
Answer: We have reduced the environmental impact by optimizing our production processes. For example, our factories in Drummondville, Quebec and Bowling Green, Kentucky currently recycle 92% of their waste materials, with an aspiration of 100% in the next few years.
Use of TENA Products
Caring for People and Nature.
Essity - Enhancing lives while minimizing environmental Impact
By developing a wide range of effective products, Essity can help consumers reduce the environmental impact of their everyday lives. Our wide product range means that you'll always be able to find the right TENA product for each occasion and individual situation, from light leakage to heavier needs. TENA products are anatomically shaped, secure and comfortable. As they are specially designed to address urine leakage, they are much more effective at wicking away moisture and odour than conventional feminine care products. This also means that users can select a smaller, more comfortable product, which in turn uses fewer materials. Being more effective means you don't have to change pads as frequently, so fewer products are used. Better for your pocket and better for our planet!
TENA Clinical Support Services - Better care without costing the Earth
We work closely with professional care centers to improve incontinence care. By using TENA Clinical Support Services, nurses and managers are able to create the best program of individual care. We provide training, routines and education to enable staff to select the right products for each individual and situation. The right product fit and optimum change frequency avoids the overuse of product and prevents leakage. This reduces the overall impact on the environment by reducing laundry, waste and also cost, while giving residents better care.
Eva: How can TENA Clinical Support Services help a professional care center reduce its environmental impact?
Answer: TENA Clinical Support Services has a wide range of experience in helping professional care centers save time and money while limiting their impact on the environment. With incontinence affecting approximately 65% of care center residents, TENA Clinical Support Services are able to help reduce laundry and lower the cost of purchasing products, lowering water use and streamlining care.
Waste and Energy
Leaving Less Behind
At Essity, we strive to reduce the amount of material used at every stage of the lifecycle: in manufacturing through smart product and packaging design; in use by offering a wide range of products that allows the selection of the most suitable size for individual needs; and finally through TENA Clinical Support Services which allows care homes to optimize the amount of products they use and waste produced.
Eva: It's good to know that Essity is taking responsibility for reducing its impact on the environment.