Tork Professional Hygiene products has recently become the first tissue brand to use Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) in Australasia.
A published EPD is an independently verified and registered document that communicates comparable information about the environmental impact of a product through its entire life cycle.
Data reported in an EPD is collected using internationally recognised life cycle assessment methodology and ISO 14025 principles and procedures.
Overseas, EPDs are becoming commonplace, and within the construction industry in Australasia, there has been more and more requests for products with EPDs through tenders.
Tork Professional Hygiene’s toilet paper and hand towel products were the first to be assessed.
“We were attracted to EPDs because of their transparency, credibility and ability to speak to the product’s entire life cycle,” explained executive general manager B2B, Asaleo Care, Sid Takla.
“EPDs for tissue products are unique in our Australian and New Zealand markets, and unlike our competitors, we have both quantified our environmental impacts and disclosed this information publicly for a range of products.
“EDPs will also allow us to identify ‘hot spots’ within our value chain – areas where improvements can be made to reduce impact.”
Through the life cycle assessment, Tork’s conventional toilet paper has been identified as having been produced with 70 per cent renewable energy.
“This achievement is a result of the use of geothermal steam in the paper making process and also of New Zealand’s high proportion of renewable energy within the grid,” stated the company.
The EPDs for Asaleo Care were produced by thinkstep Australasia, a company which has been operating in the sustainability market for more than 20 years and currently works with around 40 per cent of the Fortune Global 500 companies.
“thinkstep congratulates Asaleo Care on being first to produce an EPD for tissue paper in Australia and New Zealand,” shared thinkstep Australasia managing director Barbara Nebel.
“It shows their commitment to fact-based disclosure of environmental information in a concise and substantiated way.”