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.