SCA FIRST TO OFFER VERIFIED COMPOSTABLE PAPER TOWELS AND NAPKINS
Certification Fortifies Tork Brand’s Position as a Leader in Sustainability
SCA, a global hygiene company and makers of the Tork® brand of away-from-home (AFH) paper products, announced today all of its paper towel and napkin products have been deemed “accepted” for commercial composting using Cedar Grove Composting standards. SCA obtained acceptance of its paper towels and napkins from Cedar Grove Composting, a nationally recognized commercial composter and pioneer of compostable testing and product review, to ensure the product lifecycle from development, production, use and disposal remains environmentally responsible. This documentation of all its paper towel and napkin products continues to strengthen SCA’s industry leadership in compostable AFH products following the recent certification of Tork Universal and Advanced napkins by the Biodegradable Products Institute in August 2011.
“Verifying that our paper towels are compostable is the latest step in SCA’s ongoing commitment to sustainability,” said Mike Kapalko, sustainability marketing manager, SCA AFH Professional Hygiene. “As our customers across North America continue to incorporate sustainability into their operations, we want to ensure our products anticipate their needs and give them the ability to safely compost our paper towels and napkins in large scale facilities ultimately helping to lessen landfill waste.”
Cedar Grove reviews the materials to ensure they will properly break down in their commercial composting process. Cedar Grove’s review verifies that all Tork paper towels and napkins are compostable.
Tork’s paper towels and napkins have also received manufacturing related certification from EcoLogo™ and Green Seal™, two premiere certification companies. These certifications in conjunction with compostable capabilities provide even greater focus on the transparency of the products’ lifecycle.
“This testing coupled with our previous compostable napkin certification shows how these scientific and independent audits are important examples of SCA''s market leadership in innovation that benefits multiple areas of our customers’ business while maintaining our value of creating a smaller environmental footprint,” said Kapalko.
Resources on Composting for Businesses
For businesses interested in composting, there are resources available to help initiate a program as well as provide support for existing programs. Josh Radoff, Tork® Green
Hygiene Council™ member and founder of YR&G Sustainability, recommends visiting:
· The Environmental Protection Agency’s Webpage on composting (www.epa.gov/osw/conserve/rrr/composting/) for information on state and regional composting programs, specific materials that can be composted and environmental benefits
· The United States Composting Council (http://compostingcouncil.org/)Web page for information on programs, advocacy, resources and education
The Tork brand offers a complete range of products and services within hygiene and cleaning for professional washrooms, healthcare, food service and industry. Through customer understanding and particular expertise in hygiene and sustainability, Tork has become a market leader in many segments and a committed partner to businesses in over 80 countries. Tork is a global brand in the SCA hygiene portfolio. To keep up with the latest Tork news and innovations, please visit: www.torkusa.com or www.tork.ca.
About SCA in North America
SCA’s North American tissue division is one of the three largest producers of away-from-home tissue products in North America, supplying paper napkins, tissues, towels, specialty wipers, dispensers and soap used in commercial settings such as restaurants, office buildings, schools and healthcare facilities. Tork® products are made from 100-percent recycled content. SCA uses more than 750,000 tons of recycled paper a year; on average, more than 60 percent of those tons are post-consumer waste. The first American papermaker to earn EcoLogo™ certification, SCA also has earned Green Seal™ certification on many of its products. The company has more than 2,200 employees in the United States and Canada. More information is available at www.torkusa.com and www.tork.ca.
SCA is a global hygiene and paper company that develops and produces personal-care products, tissue, packaging solutions, publication papers and solid-wood products. Sales are conducted in some 100 countries. SCA has many well-known brands, including the global brands TENA and Tork. Sales in 2010 amounted to $14.5 billion (USD). SCA has about 45,000 employees. For more information about SCA, please visit: www.sca.com