Ongoing sustainability initiatives underscore Glatfelter’s commitment to people and the planet.
Meaningful environmental stewardship can take many forms. Whether it’s finding creative uses for airlaid manufacturing byproducts, making tea bag filter paper from all- natural fibers, or using cleaner-burning natural gas boilers, Glatfelter continues to invest in people, products, and processes that meet the needs of customers—while establishing a sustainable pathway to the future.
Finding new ways to repurpose manufacturing byproducts
Glatfelter is the world’s leading producer of airlaid materials used in feminine hygiene and adult incontinence products. Due to airlaid’s complex construction and rigorously controlled production standards, waste and byproducts are unavoidable.
In certain circumstances, though, they can be reclaimed or reprocessed for other uses. Glatfelter focuses on finding new and beneficial ways of using the product’s attributes, alone or in combination with other materials, to meet needs that exist in our society. Thanks toairlaid’s high-fluid absorption and retention properties, additional applications in North America include animal bedding, spill control, and agricultural functions.
Glatfelter’s AMBU waste prevention, re-use, and recycling initiatives successfully diverted 96 percent of airlaid byproducts away from landfills and incinerators.
Converting to natural gas boilers
The conversion and installation of natural gas boiler systems—replacing coal-burning boilers used to power operations in Chillicothe, Ohio, and Spring Grove, Pennsylvania—has helped reduce emissions and meet regulatory guidelines, says Kathy Wiedeman, environmental, health, and safety leader for Glatfelter’s Specialty Papers Business Unit (SPBU).
According to Wiedeman, the $113 million investment resulted in an approximately 90 percent reduction in sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions and nearly a 60 percent reduction in greenhouse gasses.
Helping customers meet their environmental goals
When Unilever wanted to offer its customers a fully biodegradable tea bag through its PG Tips brand, the company turned to Glatfelter’s Dynagreen filter paper.
Glatfelter developed the paper, which uses a plant-based biopolymer rather than a more traditional crude oil polymer, as the heat-sealable component in the paper—making it fully biodegradable.
“It was very much an environmentally-driven decision to create this alternative for our customers,” says Jerry Burch, environmental, health, and safety leader for Glatfelter’s Composite Fibers Business Unit (CFBU).
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