A new biobased product family for 2020’s is UPM Formi EcoAce. In UPM Formi EcoAce, plastic polypropylene is replaced by bio-based naphtha made from UPM's paper or pulp processing by-products to produce renewable biopolypropylene to replace fossil-based plastic polypropylene. The biocomposite contains certified wood and cellulose fibers as well as bioplastics sourced from UPM Biofuels plant, BioVerno naptha. The production of UPM Formi EcoAce is ISCC PLUS chain of custody certified.
Sustainable choices for everyday life
A high-level of expertise and technologies are required to process and refine fibers, produces biobased polypropylene and compound the materials. As the end product is UPM Formi EcoAce: the biocomposite is almost 100% based on renewable resources, *ISCC PLUS certified mass balance principle.
Benefits of the material
- Almost 100 % based on renewal materials
- Suitable for use in reusable, injection moulded goods
- Wood fibres from PEFC-certified (FIN-PEFC-COC-1563), sustainably managed forest
- ISCC certified, renewable based polymer derived from UPM BioVerno naphtha is used
- Raw materials are side streams and residues of wood and pulp processing processes, so no additional harvesting is needed
- No competition with food production chain
- Wood fibres give a natural look & feel
- Producible in different colours
Applications include e.g. uses in food contact
The applications for the new UPM Formi EcoAce biocomposite include uses in food contact, replacing SUP applications but also personal care and consumer goods. It truly has a multi-use material performance.
The wood-look surface feels warm and natural
The biocomposite is warm and silky to the touch. The look and feel of the material have some similarities to wood – and just as every tree is unique, each product made from this material also has its own distinctive natural surface. It can be produced in an array of colours and textures.
UPM Biocomposites and Finnish Mysoda have in co-operation created sparkling water makers made almost entirely of renewable materials. The raw material used for this business case is UPM Formi EcoAce biocomposite that is made of wood fibres and renewable based biopolymer (on a mass balance basis) derived from UPM BioVerno naphtha.
Traditionally small kitchen appliances are made of fossil-based plastics, so this novelty takes the sustainability of this product category to a completely new level by substantially reducing the carbon footprint of the product.
“We want to be a pioneer and an example for other consumer goods producers to move towards more sustainable materials. Just as every tree is a unique creature, so is every Mysoda machine”, says David Solomon, CEO of Mysoda.
New Mysoda sparkling water makers, made of UPM Formi EcoAce biocomposite, are sold in well-equipped retailers in several European countries. There are two designs and several colour alternatives. Read more about the products: www.mysoda.eu