UPM BioVerno naphtha is a drop-in product that can be used in all the same chemical industry solutions where fossil-based naphtha is used.
How to use UPM BioVerno naphtha
By selecting UPM BioVerno naphtha there is no need to compromise on product safety, processing efficiency or recyclability. UPM BioVerno naphtha is fully compatible with existing production and recycling infrastructures.
Manufacturers can produce their goods just as before, and consumers will be able to use plastic items and packages just as they are used to, knowing that they are reducing their carbon footprint. At the end of the product's lifecycle it can be recycled – and if incinerated then renewable energy is produced.
UPM BioVerno naphtha is suitable for versatile petrochemical solutions
What kind of plastics can you produce?
UPM BioVerno naphtha is a drop-in solution. This means it works identically to fossil-based naphtha in all chemical industry solutions. UPM BioVerno naphtha can be used in various end uses, for example in packaging, consumer goods, fibres and textiles, and much more.
UPM BioVerno naphtha cases
UPM Raflatac Forest Film™ - From pulp residue to sustainable film
In recent years, customers have demanded packaging solutions that use sustainable alternatives to the more traditional fossil-based plastics.
Bioplastics have existed for some time, but they may not be compatible with other packaging materials and can be found lacking when qualities such as airtightness and water resistance are required. Furthermore, while such materials are made from biomass, they tend to require virgin raw materials for production.
UPM Raflatac Forest Film™ is a new kind of labelling solution which meets customer calls for renewable solutions that replace fossil-based materials. The product is a 100% wood-based solution which originates from sustainably managed forests. It utilises UPM BioVerno naphtha, developed by UPM Biofuels to give new life to residue from the pulp process.
Crucially, the performance of the Forest Film is identical to that of traditional plastic films. It is a sustainable solution that requires no compromise on properties or quality.
Lofotpils and Skipnes: Sustainable plastic label for Norwegian craft beer
Norwegian micro-brewery Lofotpils has set an ambitious goal to become the world’s most environmentally friendly brewery. The company is known for brewing beer with a taste of Lofoten’s wild and beautiful nature and at the same time, it strives to be known for its environmental friendliness. To enhance the packaging sustainability of its products, Lofotpils started the search for sustainable labels.
Skipnes, one of the biggest label producers on Norwegian soil, came up with the perfect solution: sustainable UPM Raflatac Forest Film™ plastic label material. Forest Film is made from 100% renewable wood-based raw materials in an ISCC certified value chain. It replaces traditional fossil-based options as it is identical in quality and performance compared to conventional fossil-based films. The switch to sustainable plastic labels enabled Lofotpils to significantly reduce the use of fossil raw materials on its production.
CUTRIN: Recyclable packaging from sustainable raw materials
CUTRIN, a pioneer in Nordic hair design, utilizes sustainably procured raw materials in its products. CUTRIN’s product development relies on the purity of Finnish nature and the unique power of the Nordic ingredients it provides. CUTRIN aims to maximize the recyclability of its products and strives to ensure that the label material matches the actual packaging.
In addition to favoring monomaterial packaging, CUTRIN aims to replace virgin fossil-based materials with recycled and biobased plastic. In this sense, UPM Raflatac’s Forest Film label material is the perfect solution for AINOA Moisture Treatment. This sustainable label material is a 100% renewable alternative for plastics, and it uses the mass-balance approach to replace fossil-based raw materials with renewable ones.
Introducing Mysoda’s new sparkling water makers made of innovative UPM Formi EcoAce
For Mysoda it was natural to look for alternatives for fossil-based material in this home carbonation market, which is a sustainable solution in itself. Wood fibres are a very inspiring source of new innovations and a great substitute for fossil-based materials. Strong collaboration from the initial idea to the design and raw material selection led to a completely new product concept. Pentagon Design had an ambitious target to create a timeless product that would take centre stage in the kitchen whilst blending seamlessly with the strong Finnish design heritage.
UPM Biocomposites and Finnish Mysoda have collaborated to create a range of sparkling water makers made almost entirely out of renewable materials, namely UPM Formi EcoAce. Raw materials of this. biocomposite are wood fibres and biopolymers, which use wood-based UPM BioVerno naphtha as a feedstock.
Traditionally, small kitchen appliances are made out of fossil-based plastics, so this innovation takes the sustainability of this type of product to a completely new level by substantially reducing the carbon footprint of the product. Although composed of natural fibres, the UPM Formi EcoAce has similar material properties as fossil-based plastics and similar moulding technics can be used with it.
Elopak – The natural solution for renewable plastic
About 20% of a typical paperboard beverage carton is made up of fossil-based plastic. This plastic barrier coating holds the liquid and prevents migration of air and flavours through the paperboard.
But how to reduce amount of fossil-based plastic and a beverage carton’s carbon footprint without compromising its functionalities?
Introducing the 100% wood-based beverage carton. UPM Biofuels joined forces with Dow – a world-leading developer of innovative packaging materials, and Elopak – an international supplier of paper packaging solutions. Together we co-created on a mass balance basis a fully renewable beverage carton that is recyclable and responsibly sourced. Our wood-based naphtha was used as raw material for the plastic coating.
Arla – Meeting consumer demand for sustainable products
Arla is a producer of fast moving, high volume consumer goods such as milk, yoghurt and cooking ingredients. According to a recent study over two thirds of Arla’s potential customers in Finland preferred sustainably developed products and packaging.
Co-developed with Dow and Elopak using our UPM BioVerno naphtha, Arla will launch a 100% fossil free packaging solution. In 2019 Arla will deliver more than 40 million eco-friendly packages to consumers. Arla will reduce the carbon footprint of their carton by nearly 20%, resulting in 180,000 kg fossil-based plastic annually.