AGAINST FOSSIL-BASED PLASTIC
WHY WE USE WOOD-BASED BIOCOMPOSITE
The idea sparked when we decided to create a new range of sparkling water makers. Stunning looks was of course one of the targets of our development project but just as importantly, we wanted to improve our carbon handprint. In fact, we decided that Mysoda should become a frontrunner in the manufacture of more sustainable household appliances. Home carbonation, as a category, has many eco-friendly benefits but we thought we needed to do something more. After evaluating different materials, wood-based biocomposite was clearly the best option for Mysoda.
There are different kinds of biocomposites in the market. Let’s talk about the one we use. It’s called UPM Formi EcoAce and it’s made by UPM – The Biofore Company. This biocomposite is produced by utilising the residues of the sawmill and pulp industries. Residues mean that no trees need to be harvested to produce the material. Formi EcoAce has two main components. Approximately 60% is crude tall oil-based bioplastic which is a side product of the pulp making process. Roughly 40% is wood chips collected from the wood processing industry. Biocomposite is basically a combination of these two completely renewable ingredients.
Unlike crop-based biomaterials, this biocomposite doesn’t harm the food-production chain. The wood used at the beginning of the production chain always comes from sustainably managed forests.
The production of crude tall oil is certified by a third party which guarantees the sustainability of the material.
That’s the basics of UPM Formi EcoAce biocomposite. We think it’s an ideal replacement for fossil-based plastics. Now, we use it to produce more sustainable sparkling water makers. Let’s hope other manufacturers of different household appliances will follow.