Can today's plastics be replaced by fungus?

About 91% of plastic isn’t recycled and we consume about 5 grams of micro plastic waste in our food every week,. Microscopic pieces of plastic have been discovered in the most remote locations, from the depths of the ocean to Arctic ice. Another place that plastic is appearing is inside our bodies.

Humble Bee Bio

The New Zeeland company Humble Bee Bio is developing technology to produce a new type of bio-plastic that mimics the material produced by a special kind of bee, Hylaeus or the yellow-faced bees.


Stora Enso’s bio-based binder, NeoLigno®

Wood furnisher and inner walls in your home might not be as safe as you think. It may look like it’s made entirely out of wood but that is not necessarily the whole picture. The glues that hold it all together may contain potentially harmful chemicals as formaldehyde and isocyanate.

New Method of Creating Sustainable Polymers with Biomass

Among the global businesses responsible for 55% of the world’s plastic packaging waste are both state-owned and multinational corporations, including oil, gas, and chemical companies. Currently, there are about 8% of total fossil oils used to manufacture polymers. It is predicted that this number could increase to 20% by 2050.

Circular Bio-based Europe Joint Undertaking (CBE JU)

A Partnership between the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) and the European Union will build on the success of BBI JU to advance a sustainable and competitive bio-based industry.

Can you make batteries from wood?

Batteries are a must in today's society and the demand just gets bigger. At the same time, batteries are not particularly environmentally friendly. To meet the future needs for battery capacity and reduce environmental impact, new materials and manufacturing methods are required.

Ford and McDonalds to produce bio-plastics

Ford will recycle McDonalds' coffee waste material into energy efficient car parts including durable headlamps.

Stora Enso and Valio to test biocomposite lids for dairy products

Finnsih dairy manufacturer Valio has partnered with Stora Enso to test the use of biocomposite in food packaging, in a move to reduce food waste.

Glittering sequins of wood

Research from RISE shows that it is possible to make glittering sequins from bio-based materials.