VTT’s innovations help Finland live off the forest



​​VTT’s innovation, full cellulose, beats plastics in all properties – without the consumer having to compromise ease of use.

​​Commercialisable solutions from the forest under VTT’s leadership​

78% of Finland’s area is covered in forests, but the materials for packaging, clothes and electronics were still drilled from the ground as oil. VTT challenged the idea that print media was the only commercialisable, high added value product that could be sourced from the forest.

VTT innovations for forest fibre products

VTT’s R&D kickstarts exports

VTT’s packaging innovations reduce plastic waste and the energy consumption of production. The innovations utilise cellulose waste and enable the production of packages from recycled mass. The properties of these packaging applications are superior to those of plastics, but they are recyclable and decompose.

Sellulose turned into food packaging

Cellulose textile is 100 % recyclable

Circular economy through cooperation

The success of circular economy requires extensively networked ecosystems of universities, research institutes and companies. Even the major industrial actors no longer work alone. The creation of impactful solutions requires points of contacts with the everyday lives of people and constant interaction with decision-makers in the fields of business, research and public administration.

VTT ties the ecosystem together

  • Suomen CERES, the flagship project of the Academy of Finland
    In this project for solutions and materials research for the future of bioeconomy, VTT and the Aalto University are developing new biobased materials for industrial-scale production for the global market.
  • Ellen MacArthur’s Circular Materials Challenge
    VTT is developing solutions for achieving circular economy and solving the plastic waste problem.
  • The Telaketju project
    VTT is directing an ecosystem of two universities and 13 companies in a project developing circular textile economy through waste recycling and fibre reuse.
  • The Future Fibre Products project
    VTT assembled 33 companies from Finland, North America, Europe and Asia to develop new fibre products and processes.

VTT’s future solutions for the establishment of circular economy

VTT can provide the manufacturing demo, the final product and formulating the process models for service offering

In the future, materials will circulate so that they do not run out

muovituotteet tehdään 100 % kierrätettävästä seluloosasta muovin sijasta

VTT creates growth for a plastic-free future

In the 2030s, cellulose will be found in the strangest of places. Cellulose will then be found in clothes, cars, household appliances, intelligent energy systems and, perhaps, even inside humans.

In the 2020s, the use of wood will increase in three fields in particular: wood construction, wood-based textiles and replacement of plastics.

The value of cellulose will go up 200 % and forest-based export will grow to 30 %

Companies born from VTT innovations


Among the ten most interesting start-ups. / Talouselämä 2017

VTT’s spinoff manufactures packaging and carrying bags for consumer brands from cellulose. In 2018, a factory will be established for the production, promising 50 jobs.



Shredded denim fabricInfinited Fibre Company

EUR 1.5 million in net sales after two years of operation

Manufactures a recyclable fabric from textile waste using technology developed by VTT. The properties of the fabric are like a mixture of cotton and viscose. In 2019, the product will be able to compete in price with cotton textile products.




A method that can save 99% water and 80% energy

Spinnova is commercialising a fibre yarn thread technology, originally developed at VTT, based on which yarn is directly produced from pulp from a pulp mill. Compared to the production of cotton yarn, the method can save 99% of water and 80% of energy. This heralds a seismic breakthrough, as production progresses to industrial scale. The aim is to step up to industrial scale in 2018.

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