Social changes, urbanization, increasing wealth and consumerism lead to rapid exploitation of natural resources exceeding Earths capacity.
VTT recognizes the need for sustainable, resource efficient solutions and circular economy. Challenges can be solved by resource wisdom. Tapping into yet-unutilized reserves and closing the loops will open new potential for economy.
Industries benefit from renewables and unconventional raw materials such as CO2. Design will enable high performance for-need-only consumables. Non-conventionally produced food helps feeding the growing population while saving water and environment.
References and research results
INEOS, Petronor, BASF, TU Dortmund University,
University of Valladolid
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VTT's plant biotechnology researchers have developed
a BIOREACTOR where the ingredients for a healthy meal can be grown - in the future - at home, from plant cells, in just one week.
Dissertation in production of hydrophobin fusion proteins in plant cell cultures
New kind of local food grows in your own kitchen
Extracting proteins from agricultural by-products
New techniques can be used to extract proteins efficiently from agricultural by-products, particularly Brewer's spent grain (BSG). This new PROTEIN ENRICHMENT METHOD could benefit breweries, feed producers and even the food industry.
New method efficiently separates proteins from agrobiomass by-products – particularly brewer's spent grain (BSG)
Biorefineries turn grass into new feed products
Protein feed and bioplastic from farm biogas
Recycled fibre manufacturing technique
As part of the Relooping Fashion project, VTT has been developing a new, environmentally friendly RECYCLED FIBRE MANUFACTURING TECHNIQUE, in which worn and discarded cotton is dissolved and re-used as a raw material in filaments.
Finnish Circular Economy initiative received Highly Commended Status in Davos
Hack the Waste innovations
Together with Industryhack, Helen, Lassila & Tikanoja and Valio, VTT organised the Hack the Waste INNOVATION COMPETITION. The Mushroom Power team won the competition by combining mushrooms and wood chips into a raw material for furniture.
Read moreHack the Waste with VTT
Solutions for the utilisation of waste and side streams
Within the CIRCULAR ECONOMY, materials do not end up as waste but circulate around and between supply chains. VTT is developing solutions for the EFFICIENT AND EVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY UTILISATION OF WASTE AND SIDE STREAMS.
Circular economy services: From owning to leasing, borrowing, sharing and swapping things
Recovering critical and economically important metals from low-grade ores and waste
Reactive ligning to replace poisonous phenols
Using VTT's CATLIGNIN TECHNOLOGY, reactive lignin can be produced from PULP INDUSTRY SIDE STREAMS to replace poisonous phenols in wood glues. Lignin reduces the carbon footprint of glues and the use of formaldehydes.
Sustainable and cost-efficient lignin-based concrete plasticiser
Wood components to boost the quality of food products
Reactive lignin for reducing the environmental impacts of wood products