2013 - Research & Development

Research & Development

Richard Berry

Vice-President, Chief Technology Officer, Celluforce

The development of Nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC) – a recyclable, non-toxic and renewable material extracted from trees, and thus both biodegradable and harmless, holds immense promise for improving the recyclability of numerous products.

The Celluforce developed NCC can displace materials that otherwise hinder recycling or reuse. For example, in multi-material drink containers, the nanocrystals will allow for far greater ease of separation of the disparate parts, and thus enable easy recycling. Added to printer ink, NCC dramatically improves the de-inking process, making it not only substantially cleaner – but also increasing the yield and usability of the paper recovered in the process.

Richard is the Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, leading the company towards commercial trials in the next year.

 

Commitments for 2013: In September 2012 at the Clean50 Summit, most attendees made public commitments for things they would do to "further sustainability" over the next 12 months. Berry's commitments were:

- I will sponsor on new sustainability initiative in my organization in the next months
- I will commit to collaborating with at least one other Clean50 member across disciplines
- I/we will advocate the dissemination of balanced, sound information to support informed decision-making
- Working with key stakeholders to identify innovative ideas using sustainability as a lens