As the largest makers of viscose fibre, we take our commitment seriously to source wood pulp responsibly, minimise emissions and help build communities. From sourcing to production, Sateri is committed to sustainability and environmental protection as a trusted supplier of high-quality viscose fibre and a responsible member of the community.
Our viscose is natural, biodegradable, compostable and environmentally-friendly. It touches people’s lives everywhere every day in textiles and personal hygiene products, and can help reduce their personal carbon footprint.
Our viscose is made from trees coming from renewable and sustainably-managed plantations that sequester carbon dioxide and transform sunlight, water and carbon dioxide into wood cellulose.
Carbon is stored in the wood when the trees absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen during the process of photosynthesis. With an average rotation age of 5-7 years, plantations trees are much more efficient at absorbing carbon than old forests, as mature trees absorb carbon more slowly the older they get. When regularly harvested and regrown, sustainably-managed plantations can maximise carbon storage.
Sateri’s sister companies cum strategic supply suppliers manage sustainable, certified forest plantations in Brazil and Indonesia, and collectively plant about one million trees a day. We also support the protection of intact forest landscapes that act as large carbon sink as well as conserve biodiversity.
The tree/wood is made into dissolving pulp and used as raw material for our viscose. As a wood product, our viscose continues to retain the carbon throughout its lifetime while it remains in use. And because our viscose is naturally biodegradable and compostable, it releases valuable nutrients back to the soil when it breaks down at the end of its life.
Beyond the natural attributes of its viscose, Sateri commits to a science-based approach to decarbonisation within own operations, supply chain, and at product level.
We installed solar photovoltaic panels at the factory sites on idle rooftops and vacant land-plots. Through research and development with upstream pulp partners, we use waste textile raw materials to produce a new generation of recycled fibre Finex®; our flagship viscose product EcoCosy® has excellent functions and strong spinnability, helping downstream yarn companies to significantly improve production efficiency and reduce energy consumption. At the same time, we continue to explore ways to improve resource efficiency through energy and material consumption reduction.
To that end, we have laid an ambitious Vision 2030 roadmap that includes achieving carbon neutrality by 2050, reducing Scope 1, 2, and 3 carbon emissions as well as producing viscose with 100% recycled content by 2030
As part of our commitment to transparency and accountability, we also voluntarily participated in the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) and achieved A- for our first global carbon footprint reporting effort, becoming the first viscose producer in the world to reach the “Leadership” band.
At present, major developed and developing countries are working to promote the prohibition or restriction of the use of disposable plastic products. Sateri supports and advocates the use of 100% biodegradable raw materials in the non-woven fabric industry to reduce the impact on the environment and move towards plastic-free products.
Sateri does not source wood pulp from natural, ancient or endangered forests. Our dissolving pulp comes from sustainably-managed plantations of eucalyptus trees, which mature in just five to seven years. This combines a steady, sustainable supply with rapid reforestation when harvested areas are replanted.
Our five viscose mills in China are among the newest in the world, incorporating modern European technology and comprehensive environmental systems to maximise efficiency and minimise waste. Most of the chemicals and water are recycled and reused. We adhere to all local regulations, all effluent is treated properly and our emissions are far below the industry standards set by the Chinese government.
We are a founding member of the Collaboration for Sustainable Development of Viscose (CV), an industry initiative to address sustainability challenges and drive market transformation.
Sustainability extends to communities. Beyond creating jobs and a value chain of suppliers, Sateri’s community efforts include donating thousands of library books, helping with disaster relief, supporting cultural activities and conducting environmental awareness training.