High-impact renewable materials

Whether it is the textile industry, construction, or energy storage, entire industrial energy efficient value chain can utilise renewable and re-usable materials profitably, with the help of science.

Our solutions are based on renewable materials, such as wood or agricultural sources. Our aim is to create materials that are sustainable when used and the end-of-life solutions, such as recycling and reusability are integral part of research processes.
Atte Virtanen, Vice President, Biomaterial processing and products

You may have heard about clothes that are made completely of recycled cotton or wood. Did you know that paperboard can be made stretchable, like plastic, in packaging application, but still be recycled with paper. They are just examples of the upheavals in material production that save natural resources. 

In 2030, actors in the packaging, composite, chemical, and textile industries have taken bio-based materials into use. Fossil raw materials and plastics have been replaced by high-value renewable, recyclable or reusable options and important natural resources are not ending waste. The globally set goal for halting the nature loss and preserving biodiversity by 2030 affects that the renewable materials are used efficiently for different purposes in an optimal way. 

With our help development projects and new bioeconomy solutions based on renewable materials are made possible. These nature positive technologies will safeguard that use of renewable materials enhance biodiversity. With the help of new business activities created around them, we are boosting also the value of exports of the Finnish industry. 

Our approach

Through us you will find the world's leading skills on bio-based materials and processes. We support our customers in product development from pilot projects to industrial implementation. Our solutions can be used, for example, to construction and packaging materials, membranes for micro- and nano-plastics, components of energy storage applications and photonics, or sound insulation for vehicles. 

These are the cornerstones of our approach: 

  1. We develop recyclable biomaterials that can be used in energy storage, for example as active components in batteries. 
  2. We develop packaging solutions that are completely recyclable and reusable. 
  3. We develop environmentally friendly textile fibres that do not release harmful micro- or nanoparticles into the environment. 
  4. We develop fossil-free, functional material solutions, adhesives and binders. 
  5. We promote bio-based recyclable carbon storage by developing substitutes for fossil materials used in the construction and automotive industries.  
  6. We create processes that use resources efficiently and save energy while producing minimal emissions, to process biomass in an environmentally friendly way.