Sawmill reduce waste
Origin Materials, a bio-chemicals startup based in Sacramento, CA, has developed technology to use sawdust, wood chips, and other forms of wood-based feedstock as substitutes for petroleum-based materials in the manufacture of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic. Companies such as PepsiCo, Nestle SA, and Danone SA have announced their intention to adopt, as of 2020, Origin Materials’ eco-friendly containers for their bottled waters.
The potentially significant role of wood byproducts in creating more earth-friendly plastics presents an opportunity for the wood products industry to serve the emerging bioplastics market, which is projected to grow by over 20 percent each year. Sawmills and other wood-related businesses can transform otherwise unused materials into assets that are both helpful and lucrative.
Origin Materials, which reportedly will offer sawmills around $20 per ton for wood waste, is only one of several organizations investigating potential technologies for using biomaterials in plastic manufacturing.