Commitment to the environment
As part of our on-going commitment to the environment, our Eco Actions are the various steps and processes we undertake to develop more sustainable products and services.
Since the 1990s, we have measured and reduced the total environmental impact of our products using the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). LCA calculates the sum of all greenhouse gases emitted during a product’s full life cycle, otherwise known as the carbon footprint.
Our LCA looks at every step of production, from sourcing materials right through to disposal. By evaluating each product’s carbon footprint, we strive to make the best environmental choices available.
We are proud of the progress we have already made and continue to set ourselves challenging goals for the future.
Between 2008 and 2014 in Europe, we successfully reduced the carbon footprint of TENA Flex by 7% and TENA Pants by 18%. (Third party verification by IVL, Swedish Environmental Research Institute).
To ensure we keep driving change, we have set a series of goals:
Develop more sustainable solutions with improved product design and efficient and effective use of materials
Ensure that the raw materials we use are environmentally sourced
Reduce product and packaging waste
Reduce the carbon emissions caused by fossil fuels, electricity and heating by 20% between 2005 and 2020
Continuously reduce waste in our factories
Partner with our suppliers to reduce carbon emissions across the entire supply chain
Responsibly sourced materials
At TENA, we understand that the choices we make today will affect the environment and our lives tomorrow.
Because the largest environmental impact in the life cycle of TENA products is caused by the production of materials, we ensure that the materials we use are responsibly and environmentally sourced. Our suppliers have to meet strict standards, upheld by regular audits to ensure quality, product safety, social responsibility and environmental performance.
One of the materials we use to make our products is wood fibre; a natural and renewable resource, which is only sourced from responsibly managed forests.
Innovating for need
When developing new products or improving our existing range, we always begin by identifying individual and unmet needs. All of our products are rigorously tested with end users and caregivers to ensure they deliver the desired benefits. By evolving our range to meet specific needs, we reduce material and manufacturing waste, whilst continually striving for better continence care for all.
Leaner, cleaner production
At TENA, we use state-of-the-art technology to ensure our manufacturing processes are as efficient and use as little energy as possible. Most of our factories have received international environmental ISO14001 certification, and we are preparing our newer production sites for certification.
We constantly work to improve our production processes, recover excess materials and recycle packaging and our efforts are paying off. In Europe, we have reduced the amount of landfill waste by nearly 70% during the last six years.
Optimised product usage
Our wide product range means that you’ll be able to find the right TENA product whatever the need, from occasional drops and dribbles to heavier leaks and surges. TENA products are designed with an anatomical fit and optimal absorbency, giving increased leakage security and odour control.
By choosing an effective continence care solution, product changes are less frequent which improves both your budget and our planet. As they are specially designed to address urine leakage, they are much more effective at whisking away moisture and odour than conventional feminine care products. This also means that users can select a smaller, more comfortable product, which in turn uses less material.