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    Announcing Our 2025 Sustainability Goals

    With our vision firmly fixed on a sustainable future, Jacob Holm is proud to announce the official launch of our 2025 Sustainability Metrics. As a global leader of sustainability in nonwoven fabrics, we’re charting a path forward with aggressive goals that will reduce our environmental impact.

    Using our 2018 numbers as a benchmark, we’re committing to the reaching the following sustainable metrics by 2025:

    A five percent reduction in net water usage

    A ten percent reduction in energy consumption

    A fifteen percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions

    A thirty percent reduction in waste to landfill

    We’re tracking all these figures for every kilogram of material produced. Not only are we pursuing these goals through smarter, optimized production, we’re also upgrading our materials and technology. We’re already seeing energy savings through initiatives like our switch to LED lighting, the improvement of our HVAC systems, and the optimization of our fabric mix.

    Jacob Holm is also helping our partners both up- and down-stream. With our innovative Jacob Holm eCO 2 -quation app, our customers can track the carbon footprint of the products they order and optimize their selections based on key performance indicators. And by combining our efforts with non-profit partners like Una Ciudad para Todos, “A City For Everyone,” in Spain, we’re redirecting our waste material in conscious, beneficial ways that help us reach toward social sustainability as we reach toward environmental sustainability. 

    Jacob Holm’s 2025 Sustainability Metrics provide a measurable, transparent framework in which to realize our deep commitment to the environment. We’re proud to move forward together with our partners. 

    Announcing Our 2025 Sustainability Goals

    With our vision firmly fixed on a sustainable future, Jacob Holm is proud to announce the official launch of our…

  • Planting Trees for Earth Day — and a Renewable Future

    Jacob Holm’s Sontara® facility in Old Hickory, Tennessee, sits on the shores of Old Hickory Lake. In honor of Earth…

  • Smart Investment Brings Both Business and Environmental Sustainability

    Investing in one aspect of sustainability often makes another aspect possible. Jacob Holm’s supply chain forms the foundation of all…

  • Donation to Diaper bank of NC

    Jacob Holm is a family business, and we believe all families should have access to proper hygiene. Though we’re most…

  • Welcoming New Employees in a Dire Time

    During the coronavirus crisis, demand for medical-grade nonwoven fabrics used in care facilities across the globe has increased sixty-five percent….

  • Meeting our Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets

    Through concerted efficiency measures aimed at increasing our overall environmental sustainability, Jacob Holm’s Sontara® plants in Old Hickory, Tennessee, and…

  • Jacob Holm Supports United Way

    Each year, Jacob Holm workers foster social sustainability in the most direct way possible: by giving from their own paychecks….

  • Our First Ingredient is Pure Water

    Without water, Jacob Holm wouldn’t be in business. In fact, it’s the main ingredient in our products. That’s why we…

  • Offering a Range of Natural and Sustainable Raw Materials

    Jacob Holm uses both 100% plant-based and all-natural fibers for our nonwoven products. Our plant-based fibers include Viscose, Lyocell, PLA…

  • Jacob Holm Quality Policy

    Jacob Holm is committed to providing our customers with high quality nonwovens and service. To maximize customer trust in these…

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    Securing Trust Through Sustainability Certifications

    At Jacob Holm, we take our product quality very seriously, and we believe that sustainability and quality go hand-in-hand. To establish our commitment to both, we’ve achieved a range of certifications by putting into place measurable sustainability practices. Though we’re a centuries-old company, our youthful spirit guides us. We value the agility to work with our customers to seek the certifications that fit their end-consumers’ needs and growing desire for transparency in the supply chain. These technologies and certifications symbolize our commitment to quality, sustainability and earning our customers’ trust.

    Sustainable Products

    We offer fabric solutions made from a range of sustainably-sourced, natural, recyclable and biodegradable raw materials. We’ve developed the ability to work with recycled fibers such as cotton and polyester, as well as virgin fibers of natural origin like cotton, organic cotton, hydrophobic cotton and pulp made from bamboo, flax and hemp, as well as plant-based fibers like viscose, lyocell, PLA® and cellulose acetate. 

    We also produce finished goods that are HALAL®-certified, Leaping Bunny-certified and Vegan-certified. 

    Responsible Forest Management

    Bureau Veritas Certification Holding SAS certifies that the company has implemented an FSC™ product group control system according to the Forest Stewardship Council™ certification system.

    Jacob Holm has implemented an FSC™ product group control system according to the Forest Stewardship Council™ certification system in three manufacturing sites:

    • Asturias, Spain (FSC-C140069)
    • Soultz, France (FSC-C001586)
    • Candler, NC US (FSC-C116044)

    This certification guarantees that at these sites, Jacob Holm raw materials procured from forests are handled responsibly and provide environmental and monetary well-being to the forest communities.

    Jacob Holm’s manufacturing site in Soultz (France) also holds the PEFC Chain of Custody certificate and the manufacturing site in Candler (NC, US) the SFI Chain of Custody certificate. PEFC and SFI are eco-labels for responsible forest management. They ensure that forests are managed according to environmental, social and economic criteria.

    Sustainability Certifications of Jacob Holm production plants

    Jacob Holm Industries (France), SAS FSC®PEFC™GOTSOeko Tex®OK Biodegradable SOILISO 9001:2015
    Jacob Holm Industries (America), Inc. FSC®SFI®
    Sontara Old Hickory, Inc. Oeko Tex®ISO 9001:2015ISO 22716:2007
    Sontara Asturias S.A.U. FSC®ISO 14001:2015ISO 9001:2015OHSAS 18001:2007

    Securing Trust Through Sustainability Certifications

    At Jacob Holm, we take our product quality very seriously, and we believe that sustainability and quality go hand-in-hand. To…

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    Staying Home for Safety – and Sustainability

    The coronavirus pandemic has changed our world, but a time of change is also a time of opportunity. Jacob Holm was an early adopter of a work-from-home policy: On February 26, 2020, we implemented our first travel restrictions, and by March 11, we mandated that as many of our administrative employees begin working from home as possible. 

    Of course, our chief goal is the safety of our workers, but that’s just part of the social sustainability benefits we’ve seen from working remotely. Since the beginning of the pandemic, our reduced commuting has achieved a savings of almost fourteen metric tons of carbon emissions per week. According to the EPA, that equals the amount of carbon that would have been produced by powering 1,772,698 smart phones each week, or the weekly carbon-equivalent consumed by 946.4 acres of U.S. forests!

    To learn more about our social and environmental efforts in Coronavirus, click here: https://www.jacob-holm.com/us/en-us/jacob-holm-nonwovens/news/2020/2020-05-04/

    Staying Home for Safety – and Sustainability

    The coronavirus pandemic has changed our world, but a time of change is also a time of opportunity. Jacob Holm…

  • Building Community through the United Way’s Homework Diner

    Employees at Jacob Holm’s Candler, NC, plant advance social sustainability by engaging in “Homework Diners,” a program of the United…

  • Celebrating 20+ Years with Our Suppliers

    Jacob Holm proudly celebrates the fact that our relationships with our suppliers have lasted, on average, twenty to twenty-five years….

  • Quality of Life at Work: The Wellness Challenge

    On two continents, Jacob Holm fosters a work environment that supports our employees’ health. Business and social sustainability depend on…

  • Every Employee is Bonus-Eligible

    Jacob Holm believes that social and business sustainability are not competing goals. In fact, they’re complimentary. In both a profitable…

  • Investing $150M in Minority-Owned Businesses

    As part of our conscious effort toward social sustainability, Jacob Holm tracks every penny we spend, making sure we contribute…

  • Recycling 90% of our Main Ingredient

    Sustainability begins with your ingredients, and it’s even more crucial when your main ingredient is pure water. Our proprietary process…

  • Caring for our Workers – Both On and Off the Job

    Jacob Holm aims to provide our employees worldwide with a sustainable working environment. In the U.S., we work hard to…

  • Upcycling For Childrens’ Happiness

    Community outreach is a key pillar of the Jacob Holm social sustainability strategy. As part of these initiatives, we seek…

  • Replacing Old Technology with LED Lighting

    Even on a global scale, small changes matter. As part of our commitment to reducing the environmental impact of manufacturing,…

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    Art Partnerships Reduce Waste

    Jacob Holm embraces sustainability on all levels — including the artistic. By partnering with French eco-designer Gérard Dumora, we’re able to contribute our non-woven fabrics to industrial and urban art projects through an initiative Dumora calls Vortex-X.

    Up-cycling Jacob Holm nonwoven fabrics, Vortex-X creates sculptures of intricate, gossamer strands. Our material is sliced into strings, then stretched and tied in precise angles, gracing public spaces and industrial sites with sculptures called “wipe webs.” In this way, we’re not only providing raw materials for artists, but also finding value for the public in industrial waste.

    Through these art installations, Jacob Holm and Vortex-X hope to inspire viewers and encourage the practice of upcycling. To find out where you can view a Vortex-X exhibition, www.vortex075.com has information about all past and future sculptures.

    Art Partnerships Reduce Waste

    Jacob Holm embraces sustainability on all levels — including the artistic. By partnering with French eco-designer Gérard Dumora, we’re able…

  • Sustainable Products Made with Groundbreaking Technology

    Jacob Holm uses groundbreaking technology and processes to pioneer the use of natural fibers in nonwovens. We began using cotton…

  • Zero Landfill Waste at Jacob Holm France

    All of Jacob Holm’s production facilities continuously seek new and innovative solutions for processing waste. Our sustainability flagship plant in…

  • Supporting Breastfeeding At Work

    Anyone with a newborn knows that family isn’t something you return to after work: Family is always with you. Jacob…