We're striving to make a better mark – for you, and for the planet.

Since 2008 we’ve been taking steps through our TENA Protects Program to make every TENA product more sustainable. Converting to 100% renewable electricity, starting with our European production sites. Reducing our products' carbon footprint by 50 % in Europe by 2030. Step by step, to leave a better mark on the planet.

Each new launch is a step in the right direction.

We're on a mission to reduce the environmental impact of our products and services, while also improving the life quality of millions of people worldwide. And with each new initiative we're innovating smarter designs, finding superior materials, developing new solutions to reduce waste, and making our energy use cleaner and more efficient. Here are just a few of the launches that have improved our carbon footprint in the last year.

Life Cycle Assessments – our key to a smaller carbon footprint

A Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) studies the potential environmental impact of a product throughout its life cycle. By integrating LCAs into our innovation work, we can identify ways to reduce the environmental impact of our products, and improve our carbon footprint. Thanks to insights gained from our LCA work, we've reduced the carbon footprint of our products by 11-33% since 2008, and we're on track to meet or exceed our goal of 50% in Europe by 2030.

Raw materials: responsible sourcing

  • Select raw materials with the lowest environmental impact
  • Renewable fresh wood-based pulp
  • Renewable plant-based plastics
  • Recycled materials + current materials with best environmental profile

Manufacturing: more resource-efficient production

  • Reduce waste
  • Increase renewable electricity

Transports: improve logistics

  • Optimize packaging and load to reduce distribution impact
  • Look for transports with lower environmental impact

Usage: sustainable solutions

  • Replace fossil materials with renewable materials
  • Reduce resources and waste through
    - Thinner and more efficient products
    - 2-piece products, i.e. reusable pants that work with a disposable absorption core
    - Washable concepts, i.e. fully reusable products
  • Optimise consumption during use

After-use management: improve circularity

  • Products that end up in incineration can create energy
  • Ensure that packaging is recyclable
  • Explore recycling services for used products

A new level of transparency

We’re customers too, and just like you, we care about what goes into the things we wear, and their impact on the planet. To give you a better picture of what goes into our products, here’s a breakdown of the main elements, and their ingredients. You can also find the exact carbon footprint of most TENA products at the EPD International website, in the form of downloadable Environmental Product Declarations.

Product core

The core is the middle of the product where urine is absorbed and stored. It consists of three parts.

Surface material

Also known as the top sheet, this part of the product keeps your skin dry and comfortable by absorbing the liquid. It is composed of a fibre material made of polypropylene, polyethylene polyester, and viscose.

Acquisition Layer

This layer transports liquid away from skin, to the absorbent core of the product where it is stored. Materials consist of wood or polyester fibre.

Absorbent Core

This is the innermost layer, consisting of paper pulp, sometimes in combination with superabsorbents and/or other paper-based materials. This layer traps and stores the urine, keeping the wearer dry.

Product chassis

This is the shell of the product, designed to hold the core together and create a proper fit for the wearer. Two parts make up the chassis.

Back sheet

A water-resistant outer layer made of polyethylene, or sometimes a fibre material. Its purpose is to prevent liquids from leaking through onto the wearer's clothing.

Fit and Comfort Features

Fastening materials and elastic materials made of polymers keep the product in place.

Additional materials

Small amounts of adhesives are used in both the core and the chassis, and some products feature prints or scents.


Consists of various polymers and synthetic resins


Consists of perfume


Printing is done using non-toxic ink


Release paper

This protects the adhesive part of the product prior to use, and is made of silicone-coated paper.

Single pack

Some products come wrapped in a polyethylene film, which is sometimes silicone-coated. Single packs protect the product so that you can carry it around without it getting dirty.

External product packaging

Consisting of a polyethylene bag or box, it protects the product. This is the package you see on the shelf in stores.


Renewable paper pulp

Pulp made of wood fibre from responsibly managed forests. The pulp is used in our pads and panty liners.

Fibre material (non-woven)

A thin, textile-like material. The term is used in the textile industry for materials that are neither woven nor knitted, such as felt.


Large-chain molecules that can be either natural or synthetic. For instance, plastic as well as your DNA consist of polymers.

Superabsorbent polymer (SAP)

Used for its moisture-retaining ability. Commonly used in pads, diapers and compresses.


Some of the world's most common plastic types. Used in a wide range of everyday products, from underwear to blankets.

Synthetic resin

Viscous liquids that harden quickly, making them ideal for binding together materials.