Here at Northwood, we believe that caring for the environment has never been more important. That’s why we take a sustainable approach to every aspect of our business.
Every year we sell 7.5 million cases of finished products to washrooms and workplaces all over the UK and beyond. Thanks to our continued environmental efforts, there is a green story behind every single product.
Every year, Northwood recycles thousands of tonnes of office waste, preventing it from going to landfill and helping to preserve acres of forest.
The paper undergoes a process of transformation which involves mashing it to a pulp, filtering out contaminants and extracting the fibre, leaving us with our 100% recycled raw material.
‘For every 30,000 tonnes of paper we recycle, 1,000 football pitches worth of forest are preserved.’
The manufacturing process involves turning the reclaimed paper fibre into a new product.
First, a diluted fibre suspension is sprayed onto a moving roll of film. Then, it goes through a drying process which gradually reduces the water content, turning it back into paper. At the end of the process, the paper is rolled to form the giant parent reels which we use to convert into the final products.
Every day, giant ‘Parent Reels’ – often weighing between 1 – 2 tonnes, arrive at our converting plants from our mill facility, where they are cut to size and packaged before being sent all over the UK.
To eliminate as much wastage as possible, the size of the parent reels is dictated by the dimensions of the final product. This means we can use every centimetre possible of the parent reel by designing it with the final cut in mind.
‘At Northwood, every offcut is recycled directly back into the manufacturing process for zero waste.’
The Northwood fleet delivers tissue and wiping products to every corner of the British Isles and we take the impact that has on the environment seriously. That’s why all our vehicles are compliant with Euro 6 standards for emissions, meet the conditions of the London Low Emission Zone and are fully automatic.
We also invest in ecological driver training for all of our drivers which results in an incredible 10% reduction in fuel consumption.
Our logistics team plans our supply chain activities to be as efficient as possible including:
- planning our delivery schedule to use the most efficient routes
- operating to maximum capacity using the most efficient loads
- working to ensure that our lorries never make empty journeys for example: collecting paper waste throughout the transport network and carrying loads for third parties where appropriate to avoid empty runs.