Stand-up pouches from renewable raw materials and nanocellulose

VTT’s bio-based lightweight high performance pouches

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Nanocellulose in the consistency of about 20 percent produced by using VTT's HefCel technology, and a nanocellulose film made of this material. (Photo by VTT).

“One-third of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted globally. Packaging with efficient barrier properties is a crucial factor in the reduction of the food loss. Our solution offers an environmentally friendly option for the global packaging industry,” says senior scientist Jari Vartiainen of VTT.

VTT’s HefCel technology provides a low-cost method for the production of nanocellulose resulting in a tenfold increase in the solids content of nanocellulose. Nanocellulose has been shown to be potentially very useful for a number of future technical applications. The densely packed structure of nanocellulose films and coatings enable their outstanding oxygen, grease and mineral oil barrier properties.

VTT has developed lightweight 100% bio-based stand-up pouches with high technical performance. (Photo by VTT)

HefCel technology exploits industrial enzymes and simple mixing technology as tools to fibrillate cellulose into nanoscale fibrils without the need for high energy consuming process steps. The resulting nanocellulose is in the consistency of 15-25% when traditional nanocellulose production methods result in 1-3% consistency.