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Neste and IKEA to Produce Bio-Based Polypropylene

Jun 20, 2018 10:00:19 AM / by Mary Page Bailey

From Chemical Engineering Magazine, by Mary Page Bailey |

Neste Corp. (Espoo, Finland; www.neste.com) is collaborating with IKEA to utilize renewable residue and waste raw materials, such as used cooking oil, as well as sustainably-produced vegetable oils in the production of plastic products. The pilot project at commercial scale will begin during fall 2018. It will be the first large-scale production of renewable, bio-based polypropylene plastic globally.

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IKEA wants to usemore renewable and recycled materials and explore new materials for IKEA products. As part of this journey, IKEA is working to change all of the plastic used in IKEA products to plastic based on recycled and/or renewable materials by 2030.

One of the ongoing projects towards eliminating virgin fossil-based raw materials in plastic products is a collaboration between IKEA and Neste, which was initiated in 2016. Thanks to this collaboration, IKEA and Neste are now able to turn waste and residue raw materials, such as used cooking oil, as well as sustainable vegetable oils into polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE) plastic. PP and PE plastic are some of the most commonly used plastic.

“This new material represents a significant step towards a fossil free future. No one has ever before been able to produce PP plastic from a fossil-free raw material other than on a laboratory scale. Together with Neste, we are ensuring that there is an opportunity to scale up the production of this material”, says Erik Ljungblad, Category Manager Plastic Products at IKEA of Sweden.

“The production of bio-based plastics at a commercial scale is a major achievement in the cooperation between Neste and IKEA, while it also marks a significant milestone in Neste’s strategy. IKEA is the first company to benefit from the developed supply capability that helps companies and brand owners towards replacing fossil-based raw materials with sustainable bio-based raw materials,” says Senior Vice President Tuomas Hyyryläinen from Neste’s Emerging Businesses business unit.

The WELL Green Building Standard encourages building materials that are so non-toxic that you can eat them. PVC is a banned substance with WELL. Read more about building standards here, "The Past and Future of Sustainability - From Frank Lloyd Wright to Buildings You Can Eat"

Topics: Green Building Marketing, Bio-Based Polypropylene

Mary Page Bailey

Written by Mary Page Bailey