SUSBIND SUStainable bio-BINDers for furniture: Stepping towards fossil-free bio-based wood binders

SUSBIND, a collaborative European research project in the field of bioeconomy aims to replace conventional fossil-based binders currently used for wood-based panel boards in furniture with highly sustainable bio-based binders. By substituting fossil-based chemicals with those from renewable resources, carbon footprint of mass produced furniture products will be reduced.

The wood board industry currently relies heavily on the use of fossil-based binders, mainly formaldehyde-based. The SUSBIND consortium develops, produces and tests bio-based binders as an alternative to formaldehyde binders with the goal of substituting the fossil-based chemicals with those from renewable resources.

The resulting SUSBIND binder system aims to outperform current fossil-based binders containing a significantly lower carbon footprint, while also reducing formaldehyde emissions. A sustainable and economically viable binder will increase the marketability of bio-based furniture products.

Project partner Wood K plus, a leading research institute in the area wood and wood-related renewable resources developing the alternative bio-based adhesives based on carbohydrates together with EGGER have recently completed the pilot scale evaluation of a new bio-based binder system. “This is one of the most important project milestones, opening the way for increased production capacities” say Erik van Herwijnen, Team Leader “Advanced Bonding” at Wood K plus.

Scientific Coordinator, Massimo Bregola of Cargill is encouraged that this will lead to major breakthroughs. “The expertise brought together under the SUSBIND project will finally see development a bio-based binder able to compete on an industrial scale. As we become increasingly demanding of green production methods in all areas, SUSBIND will provide Europe with a competitive advantage” he says.

Meet the SUSBIND experts and discover the advances for the bioeconomy at Stand 5 Hall A during EFIB.