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Environmental impact

Transparency and traceability are our core values

Renewable and recyclable

At Woodly, we are building a future for plastics that is both renewable and recyclable:

Woodly® is a carbon neutral material

The Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of Woodly® material grades was done by Pöyry (current name AFRY). Link to research. The LCA study follows the regulations and guidelines of ISO 14040 and ISO 14044 standards for Life Cycle Assessments (LCA). Our rationale for this study is to provide a reasoned, defensible, and fact-based assessment of the environmental impact of Woodly® materials.

Impact categoryCurrent
situation
Unit
Cradle-to-gate
Global warming potential
(including CO2 uptake)
-0,084 kg of CO2 eqv
Ozone depletion potential 2,0E-08kg R11 eqv.
Photochemical ozone
creation potential
3,41 g ethene eqv.
Eutrophication potential2,09 g phosphate eqv.
Acidification potential 9,04g SO2 eqv.
Marine aquatic ecotoxicity potential688 kg DCB eqv.
Human toxicity potentia0,74 kg DCB eqv.
Abiotic depletion, fossil53,5MJ
Particulate matter formation4,9 g PM10 eqv.

The LCA study demonstrates Woodly® materials having a negative Global Warming Potential (GWP). GWP, more commonly known as the carbon footprint, indicates that Woodly material grades are carbon neutral. Note: This does not automatically mean that the products subsequently manufactured from Woodly® are carbon neutral. The manufacturing processes used for making the finished product may have included production steps that increase the carbon footprint.

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What does carbon neutral plastic mean?

As trees grow, they absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. When trees are made into Woodly®, the carbon dioxide is not released back into the atmosphere but retained in the Woodly® product. At the end of the production process, there is more carbon dioxide retained in Woodly® than is released during its production. Conversely, in traditional plastic production, about 1.8-3.8 kg of carbon dioxide emission is generated for each kilogram of plastic produced.

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The bio-based carbon content of Woodly® material is currently between 40% and 60%.

The bio-based carbon content of Woodly has been verified by radiocarbon analysis. This analysis has been conducted by Tüv Austria, an independent certifying body, giving Woodly two stars certificate for the bio-based carbon content. This means, that the bio-based carbon content of all Woodly® material grades is currently between 40% and 60%.We have plans to increase the bio-based content of Woodly® material grades in the future, as the bio-based components become gradually available in industrial scale. Link: Tüv Austria certificate.

The main raw material of Woodly® is from certified forests

The main raw material used in Woodly’s plastic, ie softwood pulp, comes from certified forests. The use of cellulose made from certified wood ensures that the pulp producer has taken care of the forest’s biodiversity.

Woodly is recyclable

Woodly can be recycled both mechanically and chemically. During mechanical recycling, the plastic is shredded, washed, melted, and granulated. The granules resulting from this process are used as a raw material for new plastic products. We have has demonstrated the recyclability of Woodly waste films with Next Generation Recyclingmaschinen GmbH (NGR), a leading technology and equipment provider for the plastics recycling industry. You can watch video of the test here:

What does recyclable plastic mean?

Consumers and brand-owners are demanding recyclable plastics and packaging. Recyclable is a word which can have different meanings for different audiences. In principle all plastics are recyclable. When the packaging or product is made from a single type of plastic, a plastic monomaterial, it is easy to recycle mechanically. If plastics are mixed, layered, modified, or blended, they can be recycled via chemical recycling processes.

Recycling   requires efficient waste collection infrastructure, logistics, sorting and the actual recycling process. Also, the user for the recycled plastic is needed. Besides plastics, this applies for all other materials as well, such as paper, cardboard, metal, and glass.

The recycling capacity is developing fast. Technologies for waste collection and sorting, such as deposit schemes and digital markers are being used more frequently. The plastics recycling processes are constantly improving to meet the requirements of the market.

Scalability

Scaling up is the key when realizing the environmental and social benefits of new material innovations. Even the most significant innovations become futile if they cannot enter the market in large enough volume. However, scaling up becomes very expensive and time consuming if new infrastructure is required. The construction of large infrastructures is also burdening the environment.

Woodly is easy to process on the conventional plastics production lines. No new infrastructure is needed to achieve significant market volumes. With our partners in the plastics industry, we are utilizing the existing infrastructure to produce Woodly products.

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