Sustainability is a global effort at Jacob Holm. As pioneers, leading the nonwoven industry in minimizing environmental impact is a continuous endeavor. We commit to you our promise to make a positive influence on our world.



Our production sites are always seeking new solutions for processing waste. They are subject to material recovery through recycling and participate in energy recovery through combustion of heat or energy. For processing waste, our team continuously implements processes to minimize the use of water and energy at all production sites.

Initiated in 2009 as part of a vision project to eliminate waste from landfills, Jacob Holm's production site in Soultz, France implemented a Zero Landfill Policy in 2013.



Jacob Holm has implemented a Forest Stewardship Council® certification system in two manufacturing sites for the manufacturing of FSC Mix Nonwoven Spunlace Fabric. This certification guarantees that at these sites, Jacob Holm raw materials procured from forests are handled responsibly and provide environmental and monetary well-being to the forest communities.

All Jacob Holm production sites carry out significant water recycling initiatives during the production process to reduce our impact on the limited availability of freshwater on earth.

The Sontara® Old Hickory, USA site does not use any chemicals in its production process.


Sustainable Product Options

At Jacob Holm, we offer our customers several sustainable product options. We can produce products with fibers made out of natural or plant-based resources.

Available plant-based fibers:

  • Viscose
  • Lyocell
  • PLA
  • Cellulose Acetate

Available natural fibers:

  • Cotton
  • Organic cotton
  • Hydrophobic cotton
  • Pulp
  • Flax
  • Hemp

Additionally, we can produce nonwovens with recycled polyester.


Partnership with VORTEX-X

Not only is Jacob Holm innovative in our product offering, we are also innovative in our up-cycling efforts. VORTEX-X, an urban art company in France, uses our off-spec material to create artistic sculptures. Jacob Holm nonwoven fabric is stretched and tied into knots to create strings of intricate patterns. These simple strings are put together to create a large and powerful sculpture. Colored lights shine on the sculptures to bring a more complex element. VORTEX-X trusts Jacob Holm to meet their company goal - to bring value to industrial waste by using it to create art. Through the upcycled art, VORTEX-X hopes to encourage others to upcycle as well. Please visit for more information about past and future sculptures. 


Sustainability certifications of Jacob Holm production plants

Jacob Holm Industries (France), SAS FSC®PEFC™, GOTS, Oeko Tex®OK Biodegradable SOIL, ISO 9001, OSC, Alsace Terre Textile
Jacob Holm Industries (America), Inc. FSC®, SFI®
Sontara Old Hickory, Inc. Oeko Tex®, ISO 9001:2015, ISO 22716:2007, OK Biodegradable SOIL
Sontara Asturias S.A.U.

FSC®, ISO 14001:2015, ISO 9001:2015, OHSAS 18001:2007