​Innovative products from residues, sidestreams and waste

Circular economy is not just about sustainability, but creating innovative products with innovative technology. It helps us to innovate renewable and recyclable products. We also develop value-adding smart solutions based on the circular economy model.


Circular economy is not just about sustainability, but creating innovative products with innovative technology.
Ash products generated from biomass burning by-products are an example of circular economy.
ProFi deck biocomposites

​Many of our products are made of residues, sidestreams and waste generated during traditional production processes. Get to know them:


Biofuels, like wood-based renewable diesel and renewable naphtha for transportation. Biofuels are frontrunners in quality, usability and sustainability.

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UPM Press release: Ecofys study on Crude Tall Oil markets and availability: sufficient supply for advanced biofuels, biomaterials and energy usage »

Story of UPM BioVerno diesel – from innovation to final product

See the journey of UPM BioVerno renewable diesel from innovation into real product in UPM Lappeenranta Biorefinery, Finland.

JUN 13, 2017

Boosting the biofuels industry

The biofuels industry is full of promise. New EU legislation, breakthrough technologies and increasing demand for biofuels and biomaterials in global markets are building solid foundations for the future development of the industry.

MAY 10, 2017

Finnish circular economy — wood turns to diesel and perfume

Wood is a valuable raw material, and efforts have been made to ensure that every fibre is utilized as thoroughly as possible. These days, natural resources are used in the Finnish forest industry with a high level of efficiently and responsibility — so less can be used for more. In a circular economy, the production and consumption produce as little waste as possible.


UPM Biocomposites combine cellulose fibres and polymers into new high-performance products and materials. UPM ProFi biocomposite, main raw material of which is recycled paper and plastic that is manufacturing surplus from UPM's self-adhesive label materials production.

• UPM ProFi Design Deck range
• UPM Formi – renewable plastic composite for injection moulding

MAY 11 2017

UPM ProFi celebrates 10 years as a circular pioneer

Celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, UPM ProFi demonstrates how the circular economy works in practice by producing new, innovative materials and products from recycled side streams.

​Recovered paper

UPM is the world’s largest user of recovered paper in the graphic paper industry.

Ash products

Ash products are generated as a residue of biomass burning. They are used as soil stabilisers, alkaline replacement and forest fertilisers, among others.

  • UPM Cinerit, Elurit, Filurit
  • Soil stabilisation, alkaline replacement, special building materials
  • Forest fertilizer: Ash raw material provided for Ecolan