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Metsä Tissue to replace plastic in dispensers with recycled material

Photo: Metsä Tissue
Photo: Metsä Tissue
Published by
Simon Matthis - 25 Mar 2019

Metsä Tissue supplies hygiene paper products and solutions for public washrooms, industrial production and food processing under the Katrin brand. Katrin’s product range includes dispensers for toilet papers, hand towels, soaps and hand disinfectants. The dispensers are made of plastic, but designed and engineered to be robust and long-lasting and in the end, recyclable. 


To make the dispensers even more sustainable, Metsä Tissue has trialled recycled material in them. The trials have been successful, and all black plastic parts in the dispensers will be replaced with recycled material during spring 2019. In addition, a fair share of dispensers will be produced with their transparent part out of recycled material. Also pin plugs that secure the smooth operation of the Katrin dispensers are now made of recycled plastic. 


At Metsä Tissue, we continuously look for ways to reduce, recycle, and replace plastics in packaging, too. 


“Plastic is not the only way to pack tissue products and we have a large range of products that we deliver in cardboard boxes, which offers a good protection when there is no fear of excess moisture and the content is heavy.  Metsä Tissue aims to develop thinner packaging in order to reduce the amount of plastic in them. Also avoiding overpackaging and focusing on bigger transport units reduces the use of plastic per paper product delivered,” says Markus Reivala, Vice President, Supply Chain, Finland & Baltics.