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Increased Sustainability for Sanitary Papers UL Environment Revises its ECOLOGO Sanitary Paper Products Standard

Over the past several years, the scientif- ic body of knowledge around the effects of sourcing, manufacturing, and using sani- tary paper products has increased. Tech- nology and sustainability advancements have also been made in the production of these products. In recognition of these advancements, and of the efforts made by manufacturers to reduce their envi- ronmental impacts, UL Environment recently publicly released its revised UL 175 ECOLOGO® Standard for Sanitary Paper Products. The revised standard consolidates and updates five ECOLOGO Certifi- cation Criteria Documents (CCDs): CCD-082 Toilet Tissue, CCD-083 Facial Tissue, CCD-084 Table Napkins, CCD-085 Kitchen Towels, and CCD-086 Hand Towels, into a single UL Standard. Existing and prospective customers are expected to benefit from the harmonized standard and single-application as it fa- cilitates the certification process and mini- mizes the potential for confusion. Certification of products under the new

version of the standard offers numerous advantages for manufacturers, with a main advantage being an even greater focus on protecting human health. Key updates in the standards relating to human health and safety include: enhanced restrictions on

the use of active components which are potentially bio-accumulative and hazard- ous, and additional restrictions on use of chemicals which are classified as poten- tially carcinogenic, which have high oral toxicity or which are very toxic to aquatic

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life, which may cause genetic damage, or which are classified as heavy metals. Any fragrance used may not include ingredi- ents on the EU (European Union) aller- gens list and must be IFRA (International Fragrance Association) certified. Additional significant updates to the sustainability requirements in this stan- dard relate to the sourcing of fiber and energy consumption. Revised require- ments for the sustainable sourcing of fiber include a revised recycled content compo- nent and clearer rules for how to evidence the sourcing of fiber. The new criteria re- quire a minimum 50% of the fiber content

to be of recycled source and/or of agricul- tural residue waste. The ECOLOGO stan- dard recognizes that part of exceptional environmental performance in this sector is the maintenance of good controls and knowledge of the pulp and paper supply chain. Fiber used in the manufacture of the sanitary paper product must also originate from a forest source which is managed and harvested in adherence with principles and practices of sustain- ability that are well defined and shaped via a process having multiple balanced stakeholder interests. As energy use and greenhouse gas emissions are interre- lated, more stringent levels have been set on energy consumption and GHG emissions to better recognize manufactur- ers making efforts to reduce these envi- ronmental impacts. New criteria on packaging requirements and requirements for biodegradable or- ganic compound additives, including for optical brighteners, are other revisions of note in the Sanitary Paper Products Stan- dard.

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pleted its standard without the input and time provided by all who have participated in the development of its criteria. The re- sult is a more stringent standard that rec- ognizes sustainability leadership among sanitary paper products. ECOLOGO Standards are developed in an open and robust process by applicants who participate on its Advisory Commit- tee, which is a balanced group represent- ing a cross-section of the stakeholders affected by a product’s manufacture, sale and use. Standards under development are open for public comment and are made ac- cessible when the final draft is published. The next standard to be publicly released in the near future is the ECOLOGO Stan- dard for Wipers. For more information on the revised

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Existing UL ECOLOGO customers

who have questions about their current sanitary paper certifications or wish to enquire about renewal should contact Mike Sawchuk at Michael.Sawchuk@ Manufacturers seeking to initi- ate the ECOLOGO certification process should visit or call us at 1.888.485.4733. By: Kate Rusnak, Marketing Manager at UL Environment n

SCA Barton Operation Celebrates 10 Years of Growth in Alabama

Growth in production and employment, as well as contributions to the local community, have characterized SCA’s investment over the past decade.


In 2013, we combined the resources of Charlotte Products and Enviro-Solutions to further support and develop the cleaning chemical business of our current and future customers. This will position our company for greater future growth and strengthen our partnership and product offering with our customers. Charlotte Products was founded in 1986 and is the Performance Formulator and Manufacturer of a broad range of cleaning chemical products including brands such as Enviro-Solutions®, Swish™, ECOgent™, private label and custom pack for multinational companies.

We lead the industry by providing innovative technology, quality products and service excellence.

SCA, a leading global hygiene and for- est products company, marked the 10th an- niversary of its operation in Barton, Ala., with a community event held on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013. “10 Years of Growth in Alabama: SCA Barton Plant 10th Anniversary Celebration” commemo- rated the company’s in- vestment of more than $500 million in the Bar- ton operation, which cur- rently employs nearly 500 people. The event featured top officials of SCA, includ- ing Don Lewis, President, SCA Americas, elected lo- cal and state officials, lo- cal business and economic development leaders, the United Steel Workers and community organizations. “We are proud of what SCA has achieved in Bar- ton, where the products we make have such a positive impact on the lives of so many people,” said Lewis. “We celebrate the contributions that SCA and our employees have made and will con- tinue to make to the Shoals community.” The Barton plant, built on a Greenfield

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site, broke ground in October 2002 and produced its first case of tissue in April 2003. That same year, it opened a distribu- tion center. In 2004, its first paper machine and deinking plant started up, produc- ing parent rolls for onsite converting into

towel, tissue and napkin products. The company broke ground again in 2007 for a second paper machine, which started up in 2008.

Picture are: right to left, John Crane, Site Manager, SCA Southeast Operations; Forrest Wright, President, Shoals Economic Development Authority; Don Lewis, President, SCA Americas; Alabama State Sen. Roger Bedford, Jr.; Fred Albrecht, Vice President Supply Chain, SCA Americas; and Daniel Flippo, United Steel Workers, District 9 Representative.

Today, the Barton operation manufac- tures 185,000 tons of tissue each year, made from 100% recycled paper. The plant produces the Tork® line of napkin, towel, tissue and wiper products used in commercial settings such as office build- ings, restaurants, schools and healthcare facilities.

In addition to Alabama, SCA has U.S. operations in Arizona, Kentucky, New York, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. n



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