Around 80% of the contents of modern incontinence products are paper, one of nature’s most readily accessible, yet least valued, raw materials. Trees help to prevent the greenhouse effect by absorbing carbon dioxide from the air. New trees actually do this more effectively than old ones, making forestry a beneficial process.
A disposable pad also contains plastic and a small quantity of super-absorbent, both of which are derivatives of crude oil. International studies have shown that as much as 85% of the environmental impact from a disposable pad or brief is related to its raw material, factors that exist before they reach the pad manufacturer. Raw material is therefore a natural starting point in assessing environmental concerns. We recognise our responsibility and do this by imposing yearly environmental audits on our raw material suppliers.
Abena only uses:
- Oxygen-bleached virgin paper pulp from controlled Scandinavian forestry, where more trees are planted than felled
- Environmentally compatible fluff pulp
- Polyethylene and Polypropylene plastics, which are both designated “clean” and recyclable plastics
- High-quality, permeable Superabsorbent to minimise consumption
- Lycra elastics, no Latex