Respecting the enviroment

Disposable for a reason

Are reusable products always the best option? The answer depends on how you look at things. In terms of functionality, reusable products meet the requirements rather well, but when you also take manufacturing into account, they may hold some surprises.

Let’s compare a textile napkin and a disposable napkin. What effects will the napkins’ manufactu­ring and use have on people and the environment?

Textile napkin

textile napkins are designed to have a long useful life and can, in the best-case scenario, be used for years. On the other hand, in e.g. restaurants the napkins may have a much shorter useful life as the result of knife cuts, challenging stains or frayed edges. These problems have a significant effect on the napkin’s usability.

However, the production chains of textile napkins made from e.g. cotton are a lot more complicated. From a Finnish perspective, cotton cannot be locally sourced and there are several phases in its production where the circumstances are more or less unclear. Where and how was the cotton farmed, the cloth manufactured and the napkin sewed? In a worst-case scenario, reusable products may turn out to be utterly unsustainable.

Disposable napkins

What about disposable napkins, then – aren’t they automatically a poor choice? Not necessarily, if the products are manufactured and used in a sustainable way. We manufacture our napkins in Pori and can easily describe the entire manufacturing chain. The raw material suppliers that provide us with Nordic pulp know exactly which forest their products come from and how those forests are managed.

We take good care of the wellbeing and work environment of our employees, who manufacture our products, and offer our customers tailored solutions based on their needs. The products are, of course, disposable – but the story behind them is a story of sustainability.

When sustainable napkins are needed, disposable napkins offer a real, responsible option. That is why we encourage our customers to consider all the implications that their decisions have – and to make smart choices.

In a worst-case scenario, reusable products may turn out to be utterly unsustainable.

We manufacture our napkins in Pori and can easily describe the entire manufacturing chain.