An Efficient Use of Resources
The Pine Chemistry industry relies on raw materials from the forestry sector (wood, pulp and paper processes). The use of these co-products is a classic example of efforts to make the most efficient use of resources by literally trying to utilize every part of a tree that is harvested.

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Daily Uses
Pine Chemistry is used as additives in the production of rubber hoses, belts, conveyors and tires, making it an essential part of automobiles and trucks. The chemistry is also used to make asphalt, concrete and cement, which are important in building and construction and allow for the creation of roads, highways, sidewalks and buildings.

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Environmental Benefits
The activated carbon produced from sawdust serves as a natural filter to clean air in everything from auto emissions to drinking water.

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Pine Chemistry refers to the co-products from the papermaking process that are upgraded into crucial ingredients in a variety of goods important to our everyday lives. This whole process ensures that the papermaking process is efficient and its co-products are not wasted.

The raw materials, crude tall oil and crude sulfate turpentine, are derived from evergreen, cone-bearing trees during the pulping process and are vital to the Pine Chemistry industry. The trees yield cellulose to make paper, and two co-products in the sap are further refined and upgraded to be used in ink, paints and coatings, adhesives, soaps and detergents, fragrances, chewing gum, and pine oil disinfectants. Other co-products, such as sawdust, are also used by the industry in environmentally friendly ways, including as a natural filter for everything from auto emissions to drinking water. The Pine Chemistry Group at the American Chemistry Council works to educate the public and policymakers about the many benefits of Pine Chemistry.


Panel: Kevin Moran
Media: Bryan Goodman

New study shows environmental benefits of pine chemicals.

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