BlackSatino has been processing alternative raw materials such as office paper, paper cups, drink cartons, bottle labels and used towel paper for years. However, sourcing these sustainable, local raw materials is a challenge because waste paper is becoming noticeably scarcer.
Since 2013 we have therefore been conducting trials with miscanthus grass, which is a renewable resource with particularly sustainable properties. Now miscanthus is finally being used: as a raw material for BlackSatino GreenGrow, the new premium product line from BlackSatino.
BlackSatino GreenGrow combines virgin fibres from miscanthus with alternative raw materials. The result is a particularly soft, highly absorbent and unbleached toilet paper and towel paper that measurably protects the environment. The ecological footprint of miscanthus fibre is 65% less than that of an average virgin wood fibre. In addition, BlackSatino GreenGrow is produced with 100% green electricity and without harmful chemicals. It is also Cradle to Cradle Silver and FSC® Mix certified.
With miscanthus, BlackSatino uses a fresh fibre with numerous ecological advantages for the first time. This keeps us true to our philosophy of only using raw materials that do not exploit the planet – because for a variety of reasons, miscanthus is one of the most efficient and sustainable virgin fibres:
- Regrowing: Miscanthus has a lifespan of about 20 years and grows to full height every year. It is rich in cellulose and enables high-quality, soft paper products.
- Minimal demands: Miscanthus is undemanding and does not leach the soil thanks to an internal nutrient cycle.
- No pollutants: Pesticides or fertilisers are not used.
- Improvement of the soil: The roots of miscanthus bring structure to the soil; decomposing leaves form a layer of humus in which soil organisms thrive and produce nutrients. In addition, the soil can more efficiently store water.
- Biodiversity: Miscanthus is harvested once a year and the soil is neither fertilised, ploughed, sprayed nor sown. Planted areas do not become bare in winter and provide shelter for animals all year round.
- Carbon sequestration: Calculated per hectare, miscanthus absorbs four times more CO2 than a hectare of trees.
- Local cultivation: Miscanthus is grown in Western Europe – this reduces CO2 pollution caused by transport. Irrigation is not necessary.
- Maximum fibre yield: Thanks to an innovative production process, the fibre yield is approximately 65 %. In comparison: the yield of virgin wood fibres is on average 50%. This means a smaller amount of raw material is needed to produce the same amount of product.
- Lowest footprint: A life cycle analysis proves that the ecological footprint of miscanthus fibre is 65% less than that of average virgin wood fibre.