Easy switch from fossil-based chemicals to renewables

UPM's wood-based glycols



Traditional plastics rely on fossil-based raw materials

The packaging materials currently used in most industrial products and everyday consumer goods are made from fossil-based raw materials. Although many plastics, such as PET, can be recycled, they are not fully sustainable as their raw material is non-renewable.

Customers and brand owners are looking for more sustainable alternatives that are based on renewable raw materials. These alternatives must be competitive, high-quality materials that do not compromise product quality or recyclability.



Industrial-scale biorefinery for renewable glycols

Following extensive technological development and piloting, UPM is building a first-of-its-kind biorefinery for producing renewable glycols. These wood-based glycols can be used to directly replace their fossil-based equivalents in many applications.

In the future, manufacturers can easily switch to sustainable raw materials: UPM’s renewable glycols behave exactly like their oil-based counterparts. They integrate seamlessly into existing manufacturing and recycling processes and meet the highest industrial quality standards.



Renewable and recyclable packaging solutions for circular economy

UPM’s wood-based glycols allow producing packaging materials in a more sustainable manner – and without extra effort. Wood biomass from sustainably managed forests is a climate neutral, renewable raw material that provides an improved carbon footprint for existing value chains.

Renewable glycols can be used for high-volume products including bottles, packaging, textiles, composites, detergents as well as antifreeze and de-icing fluids.This means that the overall environmental impact of opting for the natural raw material can be enormous.


Benefits of renewable glycols

  • Easy switch from fossil-based materials; renewable glycols fit existing manufacturing and recycling processes
  • Meeting high industrial quality standards
  • Supporting circular economy and helping companies to redefine their sustainability targets
  • Utilizing biomass coming from sustainably managed forests

Read more at upmbiochemicals.com