The Nature Imperative: How the circular economy tackles biodiversity loss
Published September 2021
Forchem is a cleantech chemicals company producing various products out of crude tall oil to replace fossil-based materials. The crude tall oil comes from Nordic pines, and is purposefully produced as a byproduct of paper and cardboard-production. Forchem uses these byproducts to create value-added products for various applications such as paints, coatings, biolubricants, soaps, inks, and even roads. They continue to invest in research and development, to find new applications for the varied properties of the raw material.
Forchem reports that their products have lower carbon footprints compared to the fossil-based materials they replace. For example, they note that their distilled tall oil (DTO) product creates a mere 10% of the emissions of the soybean oil it replaces, while their tall oil rosin (TOR) has only 9% of the emissions of its gum rosin substitute. By enabling materials to be produced with significantly lower carbon emissions, Forchem is able to benefit biodiversity through helping address climate change, a key driver of biodiversity loss.
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