Northwood Hygiene Products

Whether you know it or not, the chances are that at some time or other you have come into contact with a Northwood product.

As one of the leading suppliers of paper hygiene products, our products can be found in many different establishments across a variety of sectors including:

Education, Leisure, Food & Catering, Offices, Industry, Healthcare

What do Northwood do?

Established in 1976, Northwood is an integrated manufacturer, supplier and transporter of professional paper hygiene products designed for the away from home market.

We offer a joined up, reliable supply chain from imported parent reels as Northwood Paper Sales Ltd, waste paper activity with Northwood Recycling Ltd, recovered and recycled paper mills at Northwood Tissue (Disley) Ltd and Northwood Tissue (Lancaster) Ltd and three AfH converting plants as Northwood Hygiene Products Ltd in Penygroes (North Wales),Telford (Shropshire) and Meltham (W Yorkshire).


The Northwood Companies

Northwood consists of four associated companies, each of which has its own specific but complementary area of operations within our business:

Northwood Recycling – Responsible for the collection, recovery and processing of waste paper. Providing waste paper management solutions to Northwood associated companies, Northwood Recycling can ensure that reclaimed paper is taken care of legally, diverting some 75,000 tonnes per year of recovered fibre back into the raw material supply chain. Northwood Recycling supply not only to Northwood associated paper mills, they also support other mills within the UK and Europe.

Northwood Logistics – Based in Telford, Shropshire, their bold, yellow vehicles and trailers carry raw materials and finished product to locations throughout the UK. Operating the most environmentally friendly engines currently on the market alongside drivers who are experienced and well trained, they cover over two million miles a year.

Northwood Tissue – Northwood’s two mills, located in Disley and Lancaster, manufacture bespoke white and coloured tissue products from post-consumer waste. Parent reels – giant paper reels that weigh up to 2 tonnes – are produced with the environment in mind, with the Disley mill working to FSC® standards, manufacturing Eco Label accredited paper. They are then transported to our converting plants where they are turned into the final products.

Northwood Hygiene Products – whose role is converting and supplying professional paper hygiene products to the away from home market and features brands including Bay West, Optimum, Opti Pro-wipes, Sutter, Whisper, Leonardo Dispensing Solutions, Essentials and Perform.


Our Products in Numbers

Northwood Hygiene Products manufactures nearly 1000 rolled and folded tissue products which are sold through a number of brands covering the AFH washroom and workplace paper hygiene market requirements. The 7.5 million cases of finished product sold per year equates to:

  • 6 million kilometres of toilet roll
  • 3 billion hand towels
  • 100,000 dispensers
  • 280,000 sq km of wiping and couch rolls

Northwood Hygiene Products is British owned and managed and operates predominately in the UK market, with growing sales into Europe.


Why Northwood?

In today’s world, sustainability has become a key consideration for both individuals and businesses alike, and can often be just as important as price. At Northwood, we are acutely aware of the environmental impact of our paper products can have and to reduce our CO2 emissions we participate in EU approved programmes to reduce energy use.

At Northwood, we put the care of environment at the heart of what we do, and work hard to instil an environmentally conscious attitude at every level of staff in every area of the business. That’s why our approach considers the impact of energy and material consumption, emissions, waste and human behaviour.


Green Products – From Cradle to Grave

The key to Northwood’s success is that almost all products are made from 100% recycled waste paper. We offer the customer a complete supply chain; from collecting, and processing waste paper to manufacture into parent reel before conversion and transport to the customer. We take pride in manufacturing products that are environmentally friendly from cradle to grave.

We are proud to be Ecolabel certified – meaning the whole life cycle of the product is reviewed and assessed before accreditation.

The EU Ecolabel helps identify products and services that have a reduced environmental impact throughout their life cycle, from the extraction of raw material through to production, use and disposal. Recognised throughout Europe, EU Ecolabel is a voluntary label promoting environmental excellence which can be trusted.


More Than Just Paper

At Northwood, our green story is about much more than just the paper. Our dispensing systems themselves are carefully designed for cost-in-use savings. This means that they contribute to a significant reduction in both waste and over-consumption.

In addition, they offer hygienic benefits to workplace environments where cleanliness is critical.Did you know that , a paper hand towel can significantly reduce bacteria transfer in comparison to an electric drier – and requires no energy supply, meaning that the overall environmental footprint is considerably reduced.

Our hand towels are designed to be strong when wet, yet quickly disintegrate after use, so that even if they were to go to landfill, they would quickly decompose. Our aim is for all of our products to meet the composting standards set out by the Soil Association.

We are also proud to be CHSA accredited, which guarantees the quality and specification of our products.

Northwood operates to a DIFOT service levels of over 99%, a fundamental indicator for logistics performance that indicates our commitment to excellence in supply chain operations.



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