Commitment to the Environment
As part of our ongoing commitment to the environment, we undertake various steps and processes called Eco Actions 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. This is known as the carbon footprint.
Our LCA looks at every step of the production process, from sourcing materials to waste disposal. By evaluating each product’s carbon footprint, we strive to make the best environmental choices that are possible.
We are proud of the progress that we have already made and continue to set challenging goals for ourselves 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 raw materials we use are sourced from eco-friendly suppliers
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
Responsible sourcing of materials
At TENA, we understand that the choices we make today will affect the environment and our lives tomorrow.
Producing materials causes the largest environmental impact in the life cycle of TENA products, therefore we ensure that the materials we use are responsibly and environmentally sourced. Our suppliers must meet strict standards that are audited regularly to ensure quality, product safety, social responsibility and environmental performance.
Wood fiber, one of the materials that we use to make our products, is a natural and renewable resource. We only source it from responsibly managed forests.
Innovating for Need
When developing new products or improving our existing product range, we always begin by identifying individual needs that have not yet been met. All of our products are rigorously tested with end users and caregivers to ensure they deliver the desired benefits. By making our product range evolve to meet specific needs, we reduce material and manufacturing waste while continually striving for better continence care for everyone.
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 the international environmental ISO 14001 certification and we are currently preparing our newer production sites to comply with this certification.
We constantly strive to improve our production processes, recover excess materials and recycle packaging. Based on these actions, we can see our efforts are paying off. In Europe, we have reduced the amount of landfill waste by nearly 70% during the last six years.
Optimized Product Usage
Our wide product range means that you'll be able to find the right TENA product for whatever level of protection you 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 odor control.
By choosing an effective continence care solution, product changes are less frequent and this saves you money as well as our planet. Since they are specially designed to address urine leakage, they are much more effective at whisking away moisture and odor than conventional feminine care products. This also means that users can select a smaller product that is more comfortable and uses less material.