Sustainability

SAGA always operates sustainably. All of our paper products are biodegradable and compostable. Their main raw material is renewable wood from sustainably managed northern forests. Being a part of Metsä Group, we always know the origin of the wood we use.

All aspects of the production process are monitored closely, from fibres to packaging. SAGA Baking Papers and cooking products are tested in many ways. A detailed management system ensures that the products are hygienic throughout the production, packaging and transportation stages. SAGA is always a safe, high-quality choice.

Sustainability also means that we help our customers achieve their own sustainability targets. For example, our baking and cooking papers significantly reduce food waste in professional kitchens.

SAGA products have several certifications that show that our products are safe and reliableto use. Certifications are proof that productsmeet the requirements set by legislation, for example. The certificates aregranted by a third party who also evaluates, tests or audits the compliance ofthe products. Read more here.

 SAGA Cases

SAGA products reduce food waste at home and in professional kitchens. For example, SAGA Cook & Chill Cooking Paper can be used to significantly reduce food waste in professional kitchens. It also reduces the consumption of water, electricity and detergents. See below how two of our partners, Lahden Ateria and Leijona Catering, use SAGA Cook & Chill Cooking Paper, and how studies prove the benefits of SAGA Cook & Chill Cooking Paper.

Leijona Catering:

SAGA works in the field, too - it helps significantly to reduce the washing up.

Kajaanin Mamselli:

Less washing up and food waste; more satisfied customers and employees.

 Part of Metsä

The roots of SAGA go back to 1918 when the Mänttä mill was the first to start making paper suitable for preserving food. The production of baking paper - a Finnish invention - started in the 1960s. SAGA and the Mänttä mill are a part of the Finnish company Metsä Tissue, which produces other household favourites such as Serla and Lambi as well as Katrin for public spaces. Metsä Tissue is part of Metsä Group, which is owned by 116,000 Finnish owner-members.

The main raw material of all of Metsä Group’s products is renewable wood from sustainably managed northern forests. We are leading the way in its use. In addition to baking and cooking papers, we produce tissue papers, fresh forest fibre paperboard, wood products for construction, world-class pulp as well as new bioproducts: bioenergy, biomaterials and biochemicals.

We are 100 per cent able to trace the origin of the wood we use, and over 80 per cent of the wood we procure is certified – even though the share of certified forests is only around 10 per cent world-wide. All of our products are recyclable. They are excellent alternatives to products made from non-renewable raw materials.

We utilize every part of the tree as efficiently as possible so that nothing goes to waste – the efficient use of resources is sustainable development at its best. Over 90 per cent of the side streams generated at our plants are utilized either as material or in energy production. Of the energy we use in production, 86 per cent is bioenergy. In addition, we produce 16 per cent of all of Finland's renewable energy, and this share will increase once the bioproduct mill being built in Äänekoski starts operations in 2017.