Most of us are familiar with baking paper in baking and cooking. But what do we really know about this product? What is baking paper made of, what makes it safe and environmentally friendly, and what happens to it after use?
Baking paper is mostly made of wood
The main raw material of Metsä Tissue's baking paper is long-fibred softwood pulp made of fresh forest fibre. The pulp can be made, for example, of pulpwood felled during forest thinning, as well as wood chips produced by sawmills as part of their production process. Fresh fibres are strong and safe to use in contact with food, as they do not contain residues of printing ink or chemicals found in recycled paper.
Baking paper is biodegradable
Wood is biodegradable and compostable and so is baking paper. The biodegradability of Metsä Tissue's baking paper has been tested both in home and industrial composting. Certified compostability is indicated by the OK Compost Home and OK Compost Industrial labels on the packaging.
Baking paper saves the environment
Traditionally, cookware and bakeware have been greased in industrial kitchens to prevent food from sticking onto them. Instead of greasing, pan lining paper similar to baking paper can be used in cooking to make food easy to remove and to avoid it burning on the edges of cookware. The benefits of pan lining paper are clear: food waste decreases and resources are saved. Pans used in lunch restaurants yield one and a half portions more when lined with pan lining paper. In addition, water, energy and cleaning agents used for washing the dishes can be saved.
Raw material from sustainable sources
Product control for Metsä Tissue's baking paper starts in the forest. The PEFCTM and FSC® labels indicate that the wood raw material for the product comes from sustainably managed northern forests. The origin of the wood is known and, among other things, preserving the biodiversity of the forest has been taken into account.
Clean, high-quality and safe
In addition to the product and raw material procurement, the quality of the raw material and process hygiene are monitored. Product quality and safety can usually be verified for the customer using international ISO standards. ISO 9001 describes quality assurance; ISO 14001 describes environmental management and ISO 22000 describes food safety. The use of the standards is monitored through internal and external inspections.