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In 2020, Sappi North America launched Verticals: Fashion Marketing, the second instalment of our educational series for marketers, ahead of New York Fashion Week.
With innovation and ingenuity, we are making our mills eco-effective worldwide — reducing waste, emissions and maximising material and resource use at every opportunity. At Ehingen mill in Germany, we achieved a big eco-effective ‘win’ in 2019 by substantially increasing the amount of pulp we produce at the mill instead of purchasing it on the market.
Sappi Forests owns and leases 390,000 hectares of plantations in South Africa which are under increasing threat from pests and diseases, as well as climate change.
The personalisation of fashion and home textiles is a growing trend, so we want to help our customers meet the changing needs of consumers around the world.
We’re shifting from planting pure species to more productive, better adapted, and more pest and disease-resistant hybrid varieties of both hardwood and softwood trees.
The South African energy sector is heavily dependent on coal and 150 years of intensive coal mining have produced about a billion tons of discarded thermal-grade coal fines. These can potentially cause environmental and health problems.
In South Africa, we’re using our leveraging our novel Xylex technology – acquired in 2017 – to progress the extraction of sugars from woodfibre to produce xylitol and furfural.
Currently, pulping of wood to isolate cellulose fibres for paper production uses energy-intensive technologies developed more than a century ago that require fossil chemicals.
Climate change is here to stay and the search is on for sources of renewable energy. This is where the 25 MW Ngodwana Energy biomass power plant at Ngodwana Mill comes in.
Climate change has resulted in shifting seasons and climbing temperatures, threatening to deprive us of the very things – air, water, food and a safe place to live – we depend on for survival.

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