Clean water and sanitation

Clean Water and Sanitation

Being aware of how precious water is as a resource for the survival of the planet, Sofidel is also very attentive to the correct management of water; our production processes are constantly monitored in order to optimise the use of water resources. The water consumption reduction objective is pursued through both management measures and specific investments by implementing policies to rationalise water consumption and re-use waste water.

Sofidel’s commitment has led it to achieve significant results with an average consumption of water per kilogram of paper produced that is much lower than what is considered good industry practice (7.3 l/kg in 2019 against 15-25 l/kg considered by the market as a good average).

On the occasion of the World Hand Hygiene Day, promoted by the World Health Organization (WHO) since 2009 to improve hand hygiene on a global level, Sofidel promoted “24 hours with your hands”, ten (plus one) intriguing and sometimes surprising rules, for reflecting on the importance of hygiene in the various moments of our day and places we find ourselves as we progress through the hours of the day.

24 hours with your hands” was created with the scientific advice of Prof. Fabrizio Pregliasco, virologist at the University of Milan and Hospital Administrator at the IRCCS Galeazzi in Milan.

In 2017 Sofidel entered into a three-year partnership with WaterAid to support its mission to transform the lives of the poorest and most marginalised people by improving access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene.

Since 1981, WaterAid has provided drinking water to 26.4 million people and sanitation to 26.3 million people in 28 countries around the world. However, it is estimated that 800 children are still dying every day from diarrhoeal diseases caused by poor water and sanitation.

Through the partnership with WaterAid, Sofidel committed to raising awareness among our stakeholders and supporting projects to improve access to clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene in developing countries. When a community gets clean water for the first time, it creates a ripple effect. It means children can stay healthy and in school, mothers can give birth safely in clean environments and parents have time to work and earn a decent living for their families.

Sofidel and WaterAid partnership report

Our projects for Clean Water and sanitation

Lycke with WaterAid in Scandinavia

Lycke Care WaterAid toilet tissue launched on the Swedish market The new Lycke CARE WaterAid toilet tissue was launched in early March on Bergendahls shelves in…

Sofidel presents “the water factor” e-book at Camera Dei Deputati

“The Water Factor. Hygiene, environment, ethics, economics” e-book edited by Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Camera dei Deputati 11 Ottobre 2017 ore 15 Sala Aldo Moro Palazzo Montecitorio  …

Sodalitas Social Award 2018

Sofidel wins the Sodalitas Social Award – Special Award "Best Profit/Non-profit Partnership in International Cooperation". Milan, Italy, 10th October 2018 Sodalitas Foundation has awarded the 10…


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Sofidel takes part in the “The Water Factor: Hygiene, environment, ethics, economics” conference at Chamber of Deputies of the italian Parliament in Rome

Among those attending, the Chamber of Deputies Vice President Marina Sereni, MP Raffaella Mariani and the Minister for the Environment Gian Luca Galletti. The event, inspired…

Sofidel and WaterAid

On the 22th of March, the World Water Day, Sofidel will present its new partnership with WaterAid at the Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Foundation in Milan. This international…

Sofidel Suppliers Sustainability Award 2017 – second edition

The award ceremony will be held in London on the 9th November 2017. After the success of the first year, which saw more than 300 companies…

Sofidel for 2018 World Hand Hygiene Day

According to a research study carried out at hospitals in 3 countries, there are three times fewer bacteria in bathrooms with paper towels rather than hand…

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Sofidel is committed to promoting and developing collaborations on multiple levels. Sofidel believes that sustainable development can exist only through a multi-stakeholder commitment that sees united in common power, businesses, institutions, civil societies and citizens.

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