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Lighter, sturdier and renewable? The opportunities for bio-based materials today and in the future are endless. That’s why Stora Enso is developing new materials and new production methods – for a more sustainable future.
There is a great demand among consumers to live more eco-friendly, climate positive lifestyles, lowering their environmental footprint. At Stora Enso, we believe that one of the answers to how we can reduce our reliance on fossil-based materials and make better choices every day is through bio-based materials.
Below, we list some of the more interesting uses where innovative bio-based material solutions can replace fossil-based and other non-renewable materials. Some of these examples exist already while others are being innovated.
One example is the micro fibrillated cellulose (MFC). It’s a natural, renewable and biodegradable raw material used to create lighter and stronger packaging while simultaneously replacing fossil-based raw materials.
Another material example is the cellulose foam by Stora Enso. It’s fully bio-based and perfect for protective and cushioning applications. This lightweight foam material lets you create packaging which is bio-based and recyclable inside and out.
A third innovation developed by Stora Enso is NeoLigno®. This lignin-based binder is entirely free from formaldehyde and isocyanate. It lets you replace fossil-based adhesives/binders without any compromise on technical performance. NeoLigno® contributes to a safer and healthier indoor and working environment.
As the world is increasingly electrifying, we see a rapidly growing battery market where companies are looking for high-quality, attractively priced and sustainable materials. Did you know that wood-based carbon can be used as a crucial component in batteries for consumer electronics, the automotive industry and large-scale energy storage systems?
By converting lignin into so-called hard carbon anode materials for lithium-ion batteries, we can offer a product that can replace fossil-based anodes, mainly graphite, currently used in batteries.
At our Innovation Centre for biomaterials, we have been developing a new and improved process to produce FDCA (furan dicarboxylic acid) monomer from sugars. FDCA is the crucial building block for bio-based polyesters such as PEF (polyethylene furanoate) and can be used as a component of other bio-based polymers.
Stora Enso’s different bio-based materials are designed for a wide range of applications, from simple packaging to the battery in your future car. We’re hoping that they will be a standard part of a sustainable future.