Cellulose Beads aims to scale up and commercialise the production of cellulose microbeads in partnership with Nordic Bioproducts Group, providing an eco-friendly alternative to plastic microbeads used in personal care and cosmetic products (PCCP). These plastic microbeads, commonly found in PCCP, contribute to marine pollution due to their low biodegradability. Unlike other biobased alternatives, our cellulose microbeads are cost-effective, round, and produced using common industrial chemicals. The raw materials include various cellulosic feedstocks, such as waste textiles and pulps, processed using the patented AaltoCell(TM) method. The resulting biodegradable beads prevent accumulation in water bodies and marine life, promoting circular economy practices in the textile industry.
I am a Doctoral Candidate at Aalto University and an R&D Specialist at a startup company called Nordic Bioproducts Group (NBG). My passion is developing new biomaterials, finding applications for various renewable products, and developing more sustainable alternatives to current commercial processes and products. The cellulose bead project is part of the R&D work conducted by the R&D team at NBG on developing dissolution and regeneration of cellulose in sustainable ways to produce more eco-friendly and yet economically viable alternatives to products such as primary microplastics in cosmetics, plastic films in packaging, and viscose rayon. moreLinkedIn