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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…

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    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 Day 2020, we planted trees throughout our property, including magnolias, green giants, cherry trees and oaks. It’s one way to honor not just the Earth, but the history of our company and the Mikkelsen family’s profound connection to forestry. We hope our new trees serve as symbols to our commitment to the sustainable growth of middle Tennessee.

    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…

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    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 Asturias, Spain, are on track to meet their annual greenhouse gas reduction targets. Set as part of our commitment to global emissions reduction of fifteen percent by 2025, these greenhouse gas targets showcase our ambitious innovation in sustainable manufacturing. We specifically appreciate the valuable efforts of our production teams in Tennessee and Spain, led by Lee Guthrie and Jose Maria Rodriguez Infanzon. From our board room to the production floor, Jacob Holm is committed to a more sustainable future, all over the globe.

    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…

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    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 make water quality central to our sustainability goals, working intimately with the local municipalities where our plants are based to ensure rigorous standards are maintained. As part of those standards, we closely monitor every single production run for chemical, biological and physical contamination in our in-house laboratories.

    Looking toward the future, we know our standards will be impossible to achieve without pure and abundant water, so we’re acting now to ensure it will be available. In addition to recycling up to 90% of our water at some plants, we’ve committed to reducing our global water consumption by five percent by 2025. That’s a goal we can meet through our innovative technology and continuously improving production efficiency, driven by our conscious dependence on our most precious resource.

    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…

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    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 and Cellulose Acetate. For customers whose needs include all-natural raw materials, we offer cotton, organic cotton, hydrophobic cotton, pulp, flax and hemp. 

    Using these products, our customers can certify their finished goods to various OK Biodegradable and OK compost standards, as well as GOTS and Oeko-tex. It is our mission to enable our customers to meet their end-users strictest environmental standards.

    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…

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    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 US 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…

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    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 for creating our nonwoven fabrics, called hydro-entanglement, uses only water and fiber and is free from all other binders and chemical additives.

    Of the Jacob Holm manufacturing plants, the Soultz facility boasts the lowest environmental impact, leading the way within our corporate family and across our industry. From sustainably sourcing our water to re-using almost all of it, we’re pushing continuously toward both environment and business sustainability at all of our manufacturing facilities.

    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…

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    Upcycling For Childrens’ Happiness

    Community outreach is a key pillar of the Jacob Holm social sustainability strategy. As part of these initiatives, we seek sustainable solutions for our production waste that benefit our local communities. We’re proud to say that one of our solutions is the donation of fiber and fabric from our converting site in Madison, Tennessee, to a local company that up-cycles the materials for use as stuffing in teddy bears.

    Upcycling For Childrens’ Happiness

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

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    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, Jacob Holm has begun a process of replacing the high-pressure sodium bulbs in our facilities with LED bulbs. While it may not sound as bold as our other sustainability initiatives, we’ve seen a substantial benefit. For example, our warehouse and converting facility in Madison, Tennessee, has achieved a 30-35% reduction in its energy expenditure due to this change alone. Real change happens in small steps, and Jacob Holm is dedicated to reducing our impact in every way possible.

    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…

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    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 ten years ago, long before Millennial consumers began developing preferences for natural products. Five years ago, we innovated and patented technology to build the market leading line for dispersible and biodegradable material. As a part of our sustainable processes, cotton fibers are organically grown near our production site and our production site in Soultz, France has completely eliminated waste through recycling, regeneration, and repurposing. We at Jacob Holm make sustainable and innovative products without landfill waste because we care about our local communities and strive to minimize our environmental impact. We are continuously investing in technology to reduce our carbon footprint,

    For the past 10 years we have led the market in sustainability. We were one of the first companies to validate the efforts of our supply chain through the strict requirements of GOTS, SFI®, FSC®, and PEFC ™ ensuring that our forests and raw materials are managed and procured responsibly. We also ensure product safety for eco-checks, ISO certification, and many others to provide customers with high quality nonwovens. Our leadership in sustainable fabrics and solutions includes concern for social responsibility and community engagement. At Jacob Holm we continuously strive towards making a difference by caring for the well-being of our employees, our local communities, and working towards making a positive impact on our future.  

    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…

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    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 Soultz, France, is leading the way in the French cradle of textiles. Through thoughtful reuse and recycling of materials, as well as improved internal and external waste management processes, Jacob Holm Soultz reached a zero waste to landfill benchmark in 2013. 

    In addition, the Soultz plant continually implements processes that minimize our use of water— recycling ninety percent of our most precious resource — and energy.

    Soultz is an inspiration within the Jacob Holm family, setting an example for the rest of our facilities. And, we hope, for the rest of the industry.

     

    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…