Sustainable development by making wise choices

Lappset has been a pioneer in environmental issues since the day it was founded in 1970. Supporting sustainable development remains a central part of our philosophy. It is evident in every sector of our activities, from material acquisitions to production and transportation.

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Wood from certified forests

Lappset uses Finnish pine in its products sourced from forests with strictly managed principles of sustainable development.

Finland has plenty of such wood available, as up to 85% of the nation’s commercial forests belong to the certified PEFC system. PEFC is the world’s largest sustainable development system for forest management. Certification requires for forest management to be ecologically, socially and economically sustainable, and shall not permanently compromise the living opportunities for future generations. National PEFC criteria specify concrete details for implementation of these prerequisites for each nation.

https://www.pefc.org/

Quality products endure

High-quality, long-living products are also integral to principles of sustainable development.

Lappset’s products are designed and manufactured to endure tough use from one generation to the next. However, this goal is not achieved without wood preservation that extends the lifecycle of wooden products threefold compared to untreated wood. In the preservation of wood, we only use wood preservers that comply with the ISO 14001 environmental standard.

Logistics (transport)

We strive to optimise both incoming and outgoing deliveries.

  • We use transport operators who respect the environment and are able to report on their operations.
  • The majority of our transport operators are large logistics chains. One of the benefits of using large transport operators is that they are always able to fill a whole lorry even if Lappset cannot.
  • We always strive to buy products by full container or lorry load. Longer-distance procurement in Finland and export deliveries are primarily made weekly. Only local operators deliver on a daily basis. Our plans also factor in the possibility of rail transport from our factory in Rovaniemi.
  • Lappset Group Ltd prioritises company cars with low emissions. 

Waste management

We are constantly working to lower the volume of landfill waste that we produce.

  • Waste from our production process is sorted and reused (cardboard, metal and, most recently, plastic films).
  • Hazardous waste is collected as stipulated by regulations and shipped to a waste management plant for disposal.
  • Our Rovaniemi factory collaborates with the local energy supplier, which incinerates our clean wood waste. Waste generated by wood processing is recycled at the energy plant, which uses it to provide district heating for households. These and other measures have allowed us to cut the amount of wood we waste considerably, from 15% to approximately 5%. Energy waste generated by wood processing is taken to the Suosiola district heating plant in Rovaniemi, where it is used to heat local homes.
RINKI packaging recycling certificate 2018

Energy consumption

We are systematically looking for ways to cut our energy consumption by maximising the efficiency of our production machinery.

  • We recover the heating energy used in our offices.
  • We are constantly working with environmental pioneers, such as the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.
  • We use the national averages of Finland (g/kWh) to calculate the carbon dioxide emissions attributable to our electricity and district heating consumption.  We estimate the carbon dioxide emissions from our electricity consumption as 168 g/kWh, which makes our total emissions 312 tonnes. Our CO2 emission estimate for district heating is 224 g/kWh, or 626 tonnes.

Wellbeing from nature

According to a study conducted by Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)‏‏‏‎, almost every Finn has nature experiences.

These experiences can be swimming by the summer cottage, a bead of sweat on your forehead when searching for cloudberries from the swamps, or perhaps a walk along the fitness trails in the nearby forest after a day at work. In any case, after a nature experience you often feel relaxed and revitalised.

 

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