Bio-based plastics

Lignisol® replace fossil plastics

Bio-based plastics derived from Swedish forests

The technologies of RenFuel aren’t limited to the transport sector. RenFuel technology can also be used to make bio-based plastics and other materials traditionally made using fossil oil.

Every year, nearly 370 million tonnes of plastic are produced globally, 99 percent of which is made using fossil oils. But switching to bio-based plastics makes it possible to meet the world’s growing demand for plastic without relying on fossil oils.

Bio-based plastics are a type of bioplastic produced from biomass rather than fossil oil.

The biomass used to produce bio-based plastics can be derived from several sources, including waste products from forests in Sweden and elsewhere.

Because they are produced from renewable biomass rather than fossil-oil, bio-based plastics can be even more climate-friendly alternative than recycled, fossil-based plastic.

Patented technology from RenFuel makes it possible to convert lignin, a low-value biomass by-product from paper production, into different types of materials that can completely or partially replace fossil-based plastic.

Bio-based plastics have the same properties as conventional plastics, but with a reduced carbon footprint. Another advantage of some bio-based plastics is that they feature several useful characteristics that fossil-based plastics can’t provide.

Using the earth’s natural carbon cycle

Bio-based plastics derived from lignin are a quick and efficient way to reduce emissions from plastic production and create a more sustainable bio-based value chain.

The carbon in the trees that provide the raw material for bio-based plastics is absorbed from the atmosphere as the trees grow as part of the earth’s natural carbon cycle.

As a result, using lignin biomass in the production of bio-based plastics doesn’t release additional CO2 in the atmosphere.

RenFuel’s patented lignin materials are advancing innovation in bio-based plastics. Our highly energy-efficient process utilizes lignin without producing any toxic emissions or hazardous residues.

The result is a material capable of fully replacing its fossil-based equivalents with a more sustainable raw material.