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Lucart has presented its 2018 Sustainability Report with a focus on Circular Economy, new investments and partnerships for sustainable development

The company reported a turnover increase of 12% in 2018.

Major investments include the acquisition of three production plants in Spain, the construction of a new plant in Hungary, as well as the start-up of a new Continuous Machine for the production of tissue paper and a new, fully automated logistics centre.

According to Lucart’s estimates and following an EPD (Environmental Product Declaration) analysis carried out on
two types of toilet paper produced by
the company, different environmental benefits can be measured for each tonne of recycled toilet paper produced compared to paper made from “virgin” cellulose, including:

• 80% reduction in the consumption of renewable resources, with savings of 4,060.90kg of wood;

• 38% reduction in the consumption of water resources, i.e. 50.63 m3 of water;

• savings of 20% of the fossil CO2 emitted.

The company added that according to data provided by Assocarta, approximately .5m tonnes of tissue paper for hygiene and sanitary use are produced in Italy each year, of which only 7% is produced from recycled materials.

More than 53% of the paper used by Lucart is recycled and as much as 95% of the recycled paper it uses comes from Europe and, specifically, from Italy, France and Spain, the countries where Lucart has plants capable of producing recycled tissue paper.

In 2018, in order to speed up its transition to a circular economy, Lucart also joined the CE100 network of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the world’s largest network for companies seeking to develop new opportunities in circular economy.