We work to achieve lasting profitability and create value through a robust innovation platform to develop new sustainable fiber-based solutions. As a producer of functional materials we create value by adding know-how and advanced technology to fibers that we ensure are responsibly sourced. In close partnership with our customers we develop fiber-based solutions that often perform vital functions in the value chains and have a positive impact as part of the end product or solution. With our product offering we facilitate a sustainable everyday life by providing solutions with better performance, safer materials, fewer resources and lower environmental impact.

Sustainable Innovation

Innovation enables Ahlstrom-Munksjö to continue to increase our offerings of products, services, applications, and solutions that address sustainable functionality and design. Our products often perform vital functions in value chains and we aim to have a positive impact as part of an end product or solution.

Sustainable Innovations Target 2021-2025


All new products in development are assessed with the EcoDesign Tool



Creating Sustainable Products

In 2018, Ahlstrom-Munksjö developed a new and much expanded version of its EcoDesign Tool. The new tool was implemented in 2019 as an important part of the company’s sustainability strategy. The principle is simple: new products should provide a more sustainable solution than the existing products. This is achieved by using the EcoDesign Tool to evaluate the performance of the potential new product against a set of criteria and by comparison with an existing product.



Ahlstrom-Munksjö is supplying a very wide range of products that brings innovation and greater sustainability to the industry. Working to ensure that Ahlstrom-Munksjö delivers products that have a positive EcoDesign score allows for the value chain to have a more positive impact.

Sustainable Innovations Target 2021-2025


All new products have a positive EcoDesign score by 2025



Ahlstrom-Munksjö Joins Sherpack

In 2018 Ahlstrom-Munksjö joined five other partners in the European Sherpack project which aims to develop a new biodegradable flexible cellulose-based packaging material. Usually flexible packaging contains a plastic film and/or an aluminum foil to create a barrier to water vapor, oxygen, and contaminants. Plastic and aluminum tend however to be either burned or end up in landfills. The new flexible packaging material will instead be 100% based on cellulose and recyclable and compostable. The ambition is to have a flexible packaging material ready by 2021.


Imagine Fiber

"We have a very robust R&D program that looks at how we can use fibers to replace plastics and create a more biodegradable, compostable solution. Our Imagine Fiber tagline really carries weight as we look at how we develop products and sustainable solutions."

Zack Leimkuehler, Head of Business & Product Development for Ahlstrom-Munksjö North America Specialty Solutions

Learn more

Learn more about our work in each of these areas in our Sustainability Report. 

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