Kuraray Kuraflex Co., Ltd. (Head Office: Kita-ku, Osaka; President: Shinji Matsuo; hereinafter “Kuraray Kuraflex”) hereby announces that its KURAFLEX™ COUNTER CLOTH, a nonwoven kitchen wipe for hygiene control, has been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC™)* as conforming with the FSC™ certification system, an international certification system associated with forest management.
As part of its initiatives aimed at addressing environmental concerns, Kuraray Kuraflex manufactures the aforementioned product from rayon, an FSC™-certified raw material. Thus, KURAFLEX™ COUNTER CLOTH has become an FSC™ certified product.
To date, Kuraray Kuraflex has been engaged in the manufacture and sale of counter cloth to support the improvement of hygiene control practices in the food industry. Now, Kuraray Kuraflex is determined to simultaneously contribute to the preservation of the forest environment.
KURAFLEX™ COUNTER CLOTH bearing the FSC™ certified logomark on its package will be made available on the market from autumn 2020 onward.
* Founded by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and other bodies, the Forest Stewardship Council is an international NGO established in 1993 with the aim of popularizing responsible forest management around the world. The FSC™ certification system is a framework designed to provide consumers with tangible products made of raw materials deriving from forests that are responsibly managed in a manner suitable for environmental, social and economic benefits. At the same time, the system is intended to help raw material producers enjoy sufficient profit. The FSC™ logo is granted to organizations deemed to maintain a proper management system within the clearly defined scope of operations subject to certification. The certification system thus aims to encourage consumers to choose products bearing the FSC™ logo to support the conservation of the forest environment around the globe.
・A nonwoven fabric kitchen wipe made of rayon, the product is easily laundered and quick to dry, features that make it hard for it to become a bacterial hotbed.
・Since its release in October 1972, this product has been widely used in supermarkets, restaurants and other industrial food venues at home and abroad.
Looking ahead, the Kuraray Group will pursue its mission “For people and the planet—to achieve what no one else can,” to this end contributing to the preservation of the natural environment and the enhancement of living standards through its business activities.
|Kuraray Kuraflex Co., Ltd.
|Umeda Hankyu Building Office Tower 40F, 8-1 Kakudacho, Kita-ku, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture
|Shinji Matsuo, Representative Director and President
|January 4, 2000 (Precursor: Kuraray Chicopee Co., Ltd. founded in 1971)*
|\100 million (wholly owned by Kuraray Co., Ltd.)
|Manufacture, processing and sale of nonwoven fabrics and products based on such fabrics
* Inaugurated as Kuraflex Co., Ltd. and rebranded to the current name in 2005