Nanofibrillated Cellulose

The Future of Sustainable Materials

What Is It?



Project Description

Bye Bye Plastic, Hello Progress

Nanofibrillated cellulose (NFC) is going to change everything. That’s why Global Mana is driving support for this revolutionary material that will disrupt traditional manufacturing practices and help eliminate plastic from our waste streams. NFC is made of 100% cellulose fiber and water—and nothing else.  Patented milling processes convert plant cellulose into an industrial strength molding material that is resilient, beautiful and versatile enough to make thousands of products used every day around the world. Cellulose is a long linked chain of sugar molecules that form the main component of plant cell walls. This natural polymer is what gives wood its remarkable strength, and it is the building block of any textiles or paper. NFC is completely non-toxic, biodegradable and compostable throughout its life—from harvest to manufacturing, use to disposal. What more, NFC can be made from a wide range of byproducts and organic waste that would otherwise sit in the landfill, including hemp, agricultural biomass, recycled denim, carpet fibers, paper, sugarcane. Imagine the scraps from your green food bin enjoying an afterlife as a lounge chair in the living room, or as the membranes of your speakers (yes, it even has impressive acoustic qualities), or the beams that support your home. Nanofibrillated cellulose “locks up” and sequesters carbon into beautiful, functional forms. Turning waste into possibilities.

Nanofibrillated Cellulose Rivals Existing Materials

Nanofibrillated cellulose is being explored as a robust platform for numerous green-technology applications. NFC’s tensile strength is about 500MPa, similar to that of aluminum, so it is flexible and strong. Its stiffness is about 140–220 GPa, comparable with that of Kevlar and better than that of fiberglass, both of which are commercially used to reinforce plastics. Films made from NFC have high strength (over 200 MPa), high stiffness (around 20 GPa) and high strain (12%). Its strength/weight ratio is 8 times that of stainless steel. This material can be lighter than cork or as dense as ebony, and its increased functionality, improved mechanical properties, novel optical and conductivity properties, light weight-high performance capabilities makes NFC ideal for diverse range of applications across industries: from furniture to automotive, construction, building, storage, shipping, housewares, music, medical, electronics and consumer goods. This means that NFC can potentially replace hardwood, aluminum, fiberglass and plastic—the leading cause of environmental degradation.

Help Develop This Green-Smart Industry

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Help develop this green-smart industry. Your contribution helps us create compelling campaigns to grow awareness for this revolutionary biomaterial and its cross-industry uses. Our NFC program promotes education and drives interest by inviting manufacturers, designers, artists, architects, engineers and fabricators to explore the potential of NFC and build a demand. Global Mana wants to bring NFC to local industries around the world. Your donation goes to building kits that include the tools and techniques people would need to create their own NFC from recycled materials in their own communities. We believe that smart and sustainable technology should be for everyone, not only those who can afford it.

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