A circular economy creates systems that minimize the depletion of non-renewable resources by sustainably managing and regenerating renewable resources. This preserves or improves the well-being of people and ecosystems. A focus on the entire life cycle of products and maximizing the use of renewable resources makes the circular economy an important part of achieving long-term sustainability goals.

Forests have the potential to play a central role in the circular economy by providing renewable raw materials. According to the UN Economic Commission for Europe, a more coordinated approach to tapping into the forest sector could turn it into one of the key pillars of the circular economy. Sourcing products from SFI-certified forests is a great way to support the circular economy and conserve our planet’s precious resources.

The forest sector offers renewable products and innovative solutions that support the circular economy, like turning pulp-and-paper-mill waste into renewable bioproducts that perform like plastics. These kinds of innovations help us transition away from a traditional, unsustainable linear economy and move us closer to a circular approach to business that sustains the environment, saves money, and opens up new markets through closed-looped systems.

Forest-based fibers for the textile industry are another great example of how tree fiber can play an important role in the circular economy. According to the Textile Exchange, Viscose, Rayon, Lyocell, Modal, and Cupro constitute the second most important group of cellulosic fibers after cotton. Sourcing these products from sustainably managed forest increases the environmental benefits of these innovative textiles.

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