Cellulose as a material has an important role in Finnish industry. Instead of being seen only as a traditional pulp and paper, cellulose has a huge potential as a sustainable, functional and recyclable material. Development of technologies and new innovations, for example nanocellulose, are creating possibilities for totally new applications. Design and branding will be an essential part of the future of cellulose in Finland.
Cellulose is one of the most abundant materials found in nature and is mainly produced by plants, but also by bacteria and algae. It is a structural component of plant cell walls, which is considered sustainable, renewable and multifunctional. Due to its abundance, biodegradability and chemical tunability, new methods of using cellulose have become an active research topic besides the traditional wood-based products.