SUSBIND – SUStainable bio BINDers for wood panels

SUSBIND – SUStainable bio BINDers for wood panels


To preserve the planet for future
generations we as a society must act more sustainably – Replacing fossil
materials with renewable resources is one way to reduce CO2 emissions, but more needs to be done across sectors to mitigate climate change – Let us take
furniture as an example – we can make it more sustainable by innovation. Most of
our furniture is made with wood-based panels. Did you know they are not only
made of wood, but also need to be glued and coated. For a typical wood based panel, wood is shredded into chips. Then sprayed with glue to hold the chips together and
hot pressed. Those boards contain around 10% glue to give it strength. The glue is
what the SUSBIND project is all about. Currently, the glue, also called a binder
composition or an adhesive, is made of fossil materials, because today there are
no good alternatives. SUSBIND gathers scientists, small and large industry from several European countries. They are working together to develop a new
alternative bio-binder for particle boards and fiber boards that will be
able to compete with existing non-renewable materials. SUSBIND partners use crops such as wheat, maize or surplus plant oils and fat to convert them into a bio-based binder chemical composition. The outcome is a more
bio-based adhesive that we get from surplus of green feedstock and European
bio-refineries. Our sustainable binder will make wooden boards greener.
Thanks to the bio-binder composition, the new boards will also be stronger, more moist
resistant and will set up even higher standards in the market. It will also
improve the air we breathe in our houses and offices. It will have a reduced
carbon footprint and make our environment and life on our planet much
healthier. Be sure to visit SUSBIND online subscribe to our newsletter and
follow the project on Twitter and LinkedIn. This project received funding from the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU). The JU receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme and the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC).

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