Bio-based materials

Bio-based materials – The promise of a more sustainable future

Building on our heritage and know-how in forestry and trees, Stora Enso is committed to the development of products and technologies based on renewable materials. We focus on meeting consumer demand for eco-friendly and circular solutions and we concentrate our efforts in innovation. Our bio-based materials are the fruit of our long-term focus on innovation in finding new ways of utilising the full potential of biomass and trees in entirely new ways. With these innovations, we can replace fossil-based materials and other non-renewable materials with bio-based materials.

With microfibrillated cellulose (MFC), you can create lighter and stronger packaging, or simply more sustainable materials, by replacing fossil-based raw materials with a natural, renewable and biodegradable raw material.

With NeoLigno® by Stora Enso, our lignin-based binder, you can replace fossil-based binders with a fully bio-based, free from formaldehyde and free from isocyanate solution without compromising on technical performance.

With cellulose foam by Stora Enso, you can ensure that packaging is bio-based and recyclable inside and out – our lightweight foam material is fully bio-based and perfect for protective and cushioning applications for various types of packaging needs.

At our Innovation centre for biomaterials, we have been developing a new and improved process to produce FDCA (furandicarboxylic acid) monomer from sugars. FDCA is the key 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:

  • Microfibrillated cellulosed (MFC) for coatings, adhesives, food packaging, liquid packaging, take-away packaging, barrier films among others.
  • NeoLigno® by Stora Enso replaces fossil-based binders in insulation, particle board and panels.
  • Cellulose foam by Stora Enso for protective packaging, general packaging, thermal packaging, sound and construction insulation or even hydroponics.
  • Bio-based FDCA for PEF and other bio-based polymers can be used in the beverage, food and packaging industries.

Our bio-based materials

Bio-based materials that are renewable, recyclable and low-carbon, enable the transition to a circular bio-economy.

Innovation Centre for Biomaterials

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Part of the bioeconomy, Stora Enso is a leading global provider of renewable solutions in packaging, biomaterials, wooden construction and paper. We employ some 23 000 people and have sales in more than 50 countries and our shares are listed on the Helsinki (STEAV, STERV) and Stockholm (STE A, STE R) stock exchanges.

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