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From wood to food might become reality

From wood to food might become reality

The headline could indicate a straight line from trees to some kind of a vegetarian dish, although the latter would be quite a challenge for the stomach.

Historically this was actually the case, primarily in Scandinavia, when poverty and starvation due to crop failure forced people to produce so called bark bread. A crash course on bark bread runs like this: During spring the inner bark (the phloem, the only part of a tree which is edible) from pine, birch, aspen and some other deciduous trees was collected, dried over open fire and ground.

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From pulp mill to bioproduct mill

From pulp mill to bioproduct mill

Even a pulp and paper technician may sometimes be a bit philosophical about what has happened recently. When writing this piece I decided to dwell a bit on a new term whi...

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SunPine, from crude tall oil to green diesel, printing ink and perfume

SunPine, from crude tall oil to green diesel, printing ink and perfume

Piteå in northern Sweden is well-known for the production of kraftliner at SCA and Smurfit Kappa, in total more than 1.1 million tonnes, and may probably be the world's k...

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Traceability may become a serious issue for textiles too

Traceability may become a serious issue for textiles too

Swedish dissolving pulp producer Domsjö sees a future in fibre-certified fabrics. New garments feature certified fibre sourcing

For quite a few years now there was a big d...

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Killing two birds with one stone

Killing two birds with one stone

In Sweden, green liquor dregs are used to cover mine waste deposits

The forest industry has, with a few exceptions, been totally focussed within its own value chains, from...

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What makes the world go around?

What makes the world go around?

Enthusiasts with non-traditional thinking drive a thriving Swedish biorefinery cluster

There are many answers to this question: like money, state-of-art equipment and inve...

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