A new era in
Accelerating the transition to a more sustainable society
through the creation of biobased materials and solutions for global industries.
The global plastics industry is a vital sector that generates more than 400 million tonnes of material annually and this is expected to double over the next 20 years. About 91 percent of plastic is not recycled and more than 12 percent is incinerated. Most of the rest ends up in landfills where it may take up to 500 years to decompose – leaking pollutants into the soil and water. An average of 8.8 million more tonnes enter the oceans each year, including micro-plastics (tiny particles less than five millimetres long, which enter our food chain when ingested by marine wildlife).
As a society we must expand our production to meet the demands of a growing population, but we must also do this in a smarter way. There are calls for a change in attitude in how we use the planet’s raw materials and how we preserve and protect our natural resources, including fosil-based reserves, for future generations.
Producers and brands are continuously looking to improve their current production methods and materials. The focus is on reducing the impact from manufacturing on issues such as: proliferation of micro-plastics, climate change, carbon-cycle, water contamination, atmospheric pollution, wildlife and public health. We can achieve smarter results with chemical recycling, rather than incineration of waste plastics and where practical by using biobased sources and green chemistry in our production processes.
PRODUCED BY INDUSTRY
IN LESS THAN ONE YEAR
IS NOT RECYCLED
WE ENABLE CHANGE
Create bio-driven solutions
in harmony with the planet
Deliver value without harm
For those businesses seeking a route to ‘greener’ material options, that lets them grow in harmony with the planet, we enable the change.
The solutions our scientists design enable industrial clients to improve their environmental footprint, without sacrificing the highest standards for quality, performance and value.
In the preparation of our base materials, known as BrightBio™ (non-oil based, biosourced, biodegradable and designed with consideration towards their ability for recycling and reuse), we apply our own scorecard approach to ensure compliance with green chemistry principles. Materials are combined into our product portfolio: technology platforms that can be adapted for a variety of applications, quickly and efficiently.
Much of what we do is focused on producing innovative and sustainable materials from non-food chain waste streams. We work with combinations of BrightBio™ green chemistry, proprietary biobased materials and chemical re-engineering techniques (breaking down waste to the molecular level and then rebuilding into new primary materials), depending on the best route for the specific application involved.
Our products are used in food contact packaging materials, container glass manufacture, biobased composites, barrier layers, chemical recycling and many other applications.
Brightplus has received support from EU Horizon 2020 and Business Finland. We operate closely with Finland’s main research institute – VTT; Tampere Circular Economy Hub; and university networks across the country.
A green chemistry platform that aims to remove conventional plastic materials from many industrial processes (e.g. for packaging materials). KALVO provides biodegradable polymer building blocks for quick and efficient generation of innovative high-performance non-permeable (or selectively permeable) barrier materials. These materials are designed to be Renewable, Recyclable, Reusable and Responsible.
A polymer/composite technology platform, based on agricultural/forestry components. Bringing nature and science together to form unique and innovative hybrid solutions.
An oligomer protective material, designed to replace oil-based compounds and micro-plastics used extensively in glass manufacturing.
A range of sustainable materials, that provide beautiful aesthetic effects and patinas for a variety of applications, from packaging to architectural solutions – including glass, metal, bioplastics, wood and paper.