• Sustainable

Towards a more sustainable future - sustainable decking

UPM develops renewable and responsible solutions to reduce the world’s reliance on fossil-based materials. ​UPM ProFi wood plastic composite (WPC) is the first industrial scale solution for self adhesive label waste. The sustainable decking boards are made mainly from recycled materials and are recyclable.



Global Compact Lead

United Nations recognises UPM as one of 34 Global Compact LEAD companies demonstrating world-class commitment to corporate sustainability.

Dow Jones Sustainability Indices

UPM recognised as the industry's most responsible company in the global Dow Jones Sustainability Index.


The recycled material in UPM ProFi Terra
is around 85%
1m² of UPM ProFi Deck board contains
10kg of label surplus material
UPM ProFi decking boards are
recycled & recyclable


Innovation in composite manufacturing

Target is to use recycled plastic in 2018
more than in 2017


​Recycled and recyclable

All UPM ProFi products are made with a high content (50%–90%) of recycled materials, thereby reducing landfill and incineration.

  • The off-cuts can be disposed of with normal household waste or recycled to energy
  • The composite materials are also recyclable: all solid production waste in our factories is recycled. Unfortunately no pan-European collection service exists to gather off-cuts or material from old decks for recycling to our factories: this is an aim for the future.
  • All UPM ProFi raw material fibres are PEFC™ certified

All UPM ProFi products are non-toxic and PVC free

Minimal packaging
UPM ProFi products are packaged without any unnecessary paper or plastic wrappings.
Sustainable manufacture
Water in the manufacturing process of UPM ProFi is recycled in a closed loop system. Practically all production waste produced during manufacture is recycled into new products.
Thinking local
UPM ProFi products are manufactured both in Finland and Germany: close to the resources of label waste and to main markets. This minimises transport both to and from the factories.




UPM Biocomposites has been awarded several certificates, including PEFC™ and FSC® (FSC-C112761). All UPM Biocomposites certificates are listed on Certificate Finder.