Author: Lena Barner-Rasmussen
Taking a closer look at all the stages in the supply chain can make a big difference when it comes to reducing carbon footprint. Walki has developed a wood-based wrapping material for paper reels, Walki®Reel Wood, making your morning paper and magazines more sustainable.
There is more to sustainability than meets the eye. Before the end product – be it food, clothes or the morning papers – lands in our hands it has gone through several stages in the supply chain. What if all of those stages would be focusing on reducing carbon footprint? It would certainly add up to make a difference.
But now one step in the supply chain of magazines and papers can easily be made more sustainable. When the graphical paper reels are transported to the printer, they need to be protected by reel wrappers. Walki has developed a 100% wood-based reel wrapping paper, where the protective polymer barrier is made with polymers based on crude tall oil, which is a residue of pulp production and completely fossil-free.
“Walki®Reel Wood is made of 100% renewable raw materials: polymers originating from plant-based tall oil and paper. In addition, we can potentially reduce the amount of the polymer component by more than 20%. Considering the scale of the board and paper industry, this kind of change does make a difference”, says Carlo van Houtum, Vice President, Sales & Marketing at Walki.
“As the polymer originates from the forest, we are not bringing more CO2 to the atmosphere. The reel wrapping paper is also recyclable”, adds Peter Martin, TSD Manager, Forest and Technical Products at Walki.
As tall oil is a side product from pulp production, no additional forest needs to be harvested to acquire it.
The Walki®Reel Wood was developed in collaboration with a customer. Walki uses the wrapping paper also for its own use in the Valkeakoski and Pietarsaari plants in Finland and in Steinfurt in Germany, in an effort to cut down on the company’s own carbon footprint. There are also plans to start using Walki®Reel Wood in Walki’s UK plant in Garstang.
Customers have shown a great interest in the fossil-free wrapping paper. As polymers based on tall oil more expensive than fossil-based alternatives, Walki®Reel Wood comes with a slightly higher price tag. Still, both Martin and van Houtum think that customers are willing to invest in wood-based alternatives for reel wrappers and reduce carbon foot print.
“Everybody in the supply chain has the responsibility to minimize their carbon footprint. Using Walki®Reel Wood is a way for the industry to cut carbon emissions without compromising product quality”, says Martin.