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Application News Woodly

Application News Woodly partners with R-kioski R-kioski (Vantaa, Finland) has chosen the Woodly ® heat-sealed bag as their new form of packaging for takeaway products. With approximately 480 stores in Finland, R-kioski is a franchise-driven convenience store chain, which offers its customers food and beverages, as well as wanted everyday goods and services. The heat-sealable bag is recyclable and made from 100 % carbon neutral and wood-based Woodly material. Consumers can recognize the packaging from the Woodly logo. Takeaway sandwich products packaged in Woodly heat-sealable bags are available in R-kioski stores across Finland starting this week. R-kioski is taking further steps towards sustainability by choosing Woodly’s wood-based packaging. The Woodly bag increases product shelf life and preserves hygienic qualities and freshness. “Sustainability is part of our everyday operations. As our world changes, we see that we need to move towards a new way of doing business, that fits into the future and Anthropocene era. This change is necessary not only for our own success, but also for future generations, to create opportunities for them to live a good life. We want to lead by example, and we want sustainability to be accessible to all by providing our customers with easy and convenient ways to make sustainable choices. As part of our sustainability strategy, we implement actions that bring real change and offer products that benefit both people and the planet. Woodly’s packaging is a good example of our actions to reduce excessive plastic”, says Ann-Charlotte Schalin, Communications, Sustainability & Talent Management Director of R-kioski. For Woodly (Helsinki, Finland), the collaboration with R-kioski is another huge step forward in reaching new audiences with Finnish material innovation and introducing Woodly material and a packaging solution to Finnish consumers. “Everyone knows R-kioski in Finland. R-kioski is a wellestablished brand in Finland and we are excited about us working together and supporting R-kioski with its goal to provide consumers sustainable products,” comments Jaakko Kaminen, Woodly CEO. MT | 14–15 November Cologne (Germany) Hybrid Event Diversity of Advanced Recycling of Plastic Waste All you want to know about advanced plastic waste recycling: technologies and renewable chemicals, building blocks, monomers, and polymers based on recycling Topics • Markets and Policy • Circular Economy and Ecology of Plastics • Physical Recycling • Biochemical Recycling • Chemical Recycling • Thermochemical Recycling • Other Advanced Recycling Technologies • Carbon Capture and Utilisation (CCU) • Upgrading, Pre- and Post-treatment Technologies Organiser Sponsored by Contact Dr. Lars Krause Program Dominik Vogt Conference Manager 16 bioplastics MAGAZINE [05/22] Vol. 17

Biogenic carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) for plastic production Materials manufacturer Covestro (Leverkusen, Germany) and SOL Kohlensäure (Burgbrohl, Germany) have concluded a framework agreement for a supply partnership for biogenic carbon dioxide (CO 2 ). With immediate effect, SOL, as one of the most important European suppliers of gases and gas services, will supply the liquefied gas to Covestro sites in North Rhine-Westphalia, where it will be used to produce plastics such as MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate) and polycarbonate. Under the terms of the framework agreement, SOL Kohlensäure will already supply up to 1,000 tonnes of biogenic CO 2 this year. From 2023, the supply volume is to be further increased substantially, enabling Covestro to save the same amount of CO 2 from fossil sources at its NRW sites. “We have set ourselves the goal to become fully circular. To this end, we want to convert our raw material base to 100 % renewable sources. We are very pleased to have found a partner in SOL Kohlensäure who will support us in this transformation with a pioneering spirit”, explains Daniel Koch, Head of NRW Plants at Covestro. “We at SOL Kohlensäure are advancing the shift to more sustainable CO 2 sources. In this way, we are increasing security of supply, becoming independent of fossil raw materials, and reducing our environmental footprint at the same time”, emphasizes Falko Probst, Sales Manager at SOL Kohlensäure. From waste product to raw material The CO 2 used is obtained by SOL Kohlensäure from various sources, such as bioethanol and biogas plants. In these plants, CO 2 is produced as a by-product during the treatment of various biomasses, such as plant residues. This is separated by SOL Kohlensäure, purified and then made available to Covestro production as a raw material. In this way, the supply partnership supports the circular concept and contributes to reducing emissions. Covestro’s Lower Rhine sites in Leverkusen, Dormagen, and Krefeld-Uerdingen are ISCC PLUS certified and can supply their customers with more sustainable products made from renewable raw materials. Goal of climate neutrality by 2035 Covestro has set itself the goal of becoming fully circular. This also includes using alternative raw materials. Biomass, CO 2 , as well as end-of-life materials and waste replace fossil raw materials such as crude oil or natural gas. Carbon is managed in a circular way. In realizing these ambitions, both companies are relying on long-term supply partnerships. In addition to biogenic CO 2 , Covestro is investigating the use of other technical gases from renewable sources. The materials manufacturer is already offering its customers its first sustainable products, such as climate-neutral MDI. With the expansion of its alternative raw material base, this portfolio is set to grow further in the coming years. ISCC (“International Sustainability and Carbon Certification”) is an internationally recognized system for the sustainability certification of biomass and bioenergy, among others. The standard applies to all stages of the value chain and is recognized worldwide. ISCC Plus also encompasses other certification options for instance for technical-chemical applications, such as plastics from biomass (see pp. 52). AT Biogenic gas being delivered, Luis Da Poca (SOL) connects the tank Delivery of biogenic CO 2 to Covestro site in NRW Inspection and acceptance of the delivery, from left to right: Katharina Rudel, Chemical Technician Covestro; Marcus Ney, Plant Manager Covestro; René Theisejans, Production Expert Covestro CCU / Feedstock bioplastics MAGAZINE [05/22] Vol. 17 17

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