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Eliminating Microplastics And Cutting Emissions With Better Boards

Erik Kobayashi-Solomon of Forbes reports on a company that is reducing emissions and microplastics in construction.

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  • NILO, a New Zealand company, has developed a technology to convert plastic waste into a lower-carbon alternative to toxic adhesives used in manufacturing particleboard for furniture and construction.
  • NILO’s binder production has a 30% smaller carbon footprint than traditional adhesives, and by using nearly two-thirds of global plastic waste as feedstock, it aims to address plastic pollution while reducing emissions.
  • With backing from IKEA and regulatory tailwinds banning toxic adhesives, NILO is building pilot plants and plans to license its technology globally to partners seeking a sustainable, circular solution for particleboard manufacturing.

“NILO’s process innovates legacy wood fiber board manufacturing by replacing a toxic, carcinogenic, and high carbon footprint adhesive called urea formaldehyde (UF). NILO Binder generates fewer carbon dioxide emissions in its production process and emits no off-gasses, making the manufacturing process safer and more environmentally friendly while producing boards that are healthier to have in one’s home.”

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