Our 100% biodegradable and compostable thermoplastic, Xylomer™, can be applied in a variety of commercial plastics, including cups, plates, and bags.
We modify lignin, an abundant, natural byproduct of the paper manufacturing process, and blend it with other compostable polymers to create our product, the Xylobag™. The main benefit of using our Xylomer™ technology is that our Xylobag™ breaks down into humus in approximately 180 days once it has reached the natural environment. This improves soil structure while leaving a cleaner environment. With government regulation restricting the use of harmful high-density polyethylene bags, the Xylobag™ provides retailers with a viable, more cost-saving bag alternative. The Xylobag™ allows consumers to eliminate unsightly plastic litter from their communities.
Our Xylomer™ pellets are a proprietary blend of polymers and additives to produce a 100% biodegradable and compostable thermoplastic. The pellets are produced on standard compounding equipment. We transform our Xylomer™ pellets into many different products using existing converting equipment. To date, we have produced single-use plastic bags, trash can liners and meat bags on commercial blown extrusion lines. Additionally, we have used the Xylomer™ pellets in injection molding and vacuum forming processes to create samples of cups and bowls.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is lignin?
Lignin is a complex oxygen-containing organic substance that, with cellulose, forms the chief constituent of wood. It is second only to cellulose as the most abundant organic material on Earth.
Does cycleWood harvest trees for lignin?
cycleWood is not in the forestry business. We will not cut down any trees to acquire our raw lignin material. Instead, the lignin we use is a byproduct of paper mills and biofuel plants. To help the environment, we make use of an otherwise wasted byproduct.
Doesn't lignin take longer than 180 days to decompose?
We are producing a film which is thin and should breakdown faster than lignin in wood. Think about how a leaf breaks down. A leaf can decompose in as little as a few month. In some cases it can take up to two years. However, if you’re composting leaves, the decomposition time should be shorter rather than longer. We are modifying the lignin and blending it with other biodegradable material which also speeds up the degradation time.