As the world’s leading match manufacturers, Swedish Match Industries are dedicated to providing quality products in a responsible manner. Sustainability comes naturally to us, both in thought and in action – it is part of our DNA.
We have been manufacturing matches at Swedish Match Industries for more than 150 years. To safeguard sustainability and retain our Swedish factories for at least another 150 years, we must take responsibility for the entire value chain. This involves taking responsibility for our impact on the environment and the local communities where we do business. It also involves protecting the health and safety of our employees and our consumers.
We are proud that more than 90 percent of our matches and matchboxes are made from renewable materials. Environmental responsibility permeates every aspect of our operations and management systems.
Keeping an eco-friendly approach while manufacturing our products comes naturally for us. Minimizing chemicals and heavy metals in our production is an important part of fulfilling this commitment. We apply a strict chemical policy and an exhaustive process for assessing and approving any risks associated with chemicals, whatever the use. In our product development process, we are constantly working towards increasing the proportion of renewable raw materials in our products.
All wood used in our matches is Swedish aspen. Aspen is the best wood for making matches. It is forested locally in Sweden and is an eco-friendly alternative in terms of sustainable forestry. The re-growth of Swedish aspen is far greater than the consumption.
Our exclusive use of local aspen is a conscious action to reduce our carbon emissions. To further shrink our carbon footprint, we transport as many goods as possible by train.