VTT developed a biodegradable material that is 100% bio-based. The first model product is a designer chair manufactured as a joint effort between VTT, Plastec Finland and KO-HO Industrial design. © VTT
Thermoformable bio-based material to replace fossil-based plastics in furniture: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd has developed a thermally formable, biodegradable material, which is 100% bio-based. According to VTT, the new material is suitable for furniture applications, making it an attractive alternative to wood and the various biocomposite materials already available in the market, while offering further advantages due to its formability and colouring properties. As a proof of concept, the first model product with the new material was a designer chair manufactured jointly by VTT, Plastec Finland and KO-HO Industrial design. The chair was produced using traditional compounding and injection moulding technologies, and is made from wood-based cellulose fibres, renewable and industrially compostable, thermoformable polylactide, and bio-based additives.