CHOOSE WOOD

Wood as a natural hero for the manufacture of environmentally friendly products.

One of the best sustainable solutions for the future.

Biodegradable wood-based bioplastics developed by Sulapac

As we know, wood can be crucial to tackle climate change, and because of this, the Academy of Finland launched a new competence cluster called FinnCERES in 2018; composed of Aalto University and VTT (Technical Research Centre of Finland). Nowadays, this community is carrying out several researches that seek to impact economic growth. How? By placing special emphasis on the use of lignocellulosic materials found in wood; which can be used for the manufacture of packaging and industrial applications.

Replacing plastic with wood

There are already several solutions that propose to replace plastic with wood, one example being the biodegradable wood bioplastic composites developed by Sulapac. Another example is a cellulose-based wrapping material made by Woodly or, also, the fiber-based plastic bags developed by Peptic; all of them sustainable alternatives that use the properties of wood to contribute to the planet.

In Finland, says Katariina Torvinen, part of the FinnCeres community, are being implemented several ways of making the most of the natural properties of wood; one of them is through the regeneration of cellulose fibers; through a process called "Biocelsol", which is totally environmentally friendly. The researcher says: "In the FinnCERES community, we are finding new ways to use lignocellulosic materials taking advantage of their natural properties and taking these findings further in industrial applications" concludes the researcher.

Undoubtedly, taking advantage of the forest resources that nature gives us for free can help contribute to a more sustainable future and, in this scenario, wood plays a more than fundamental role.

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