The Pine Chemistry sector produces environmentally friendly products that are important to our everyday lives. Pine Chemistry uses natural, renewable products as raw materials to make some of the most basic, yet necessary, items and serves as a mechanism for lowering our carbon footprint. The Pine Chemistry industry relies on raw materials from the forestry sector (wood, pulp and paper processes). These co-products include crude tall oil, black liquor soap, crude sulfate turpentine and sawdust. 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.

Here are some of the many ways in which Pine Chemistry touches our lives every day:

  • Serves as an environmentally friendly application. The sap taken from trees, also called crude tall oil, after being extracted from the pulp and paper process, can be used in products as an alternative for petroleum-based products in many applications.

  • Air and water purification systems. The activated carbon produced from sawdust serves as a natural filter to clean air in everything from auto emissions to drinking water.

  • Paints and coatings. Pine chemicals are used in the production of paints and coatings, which help with renovating homes and painting rooms and offices.

  • Soaps and detergents. Pine Chemistry is an important ingredient in natural soaps and detergents, two items that are a necessary part of any home.

  • Adhesives. Pine Chemistry is used in making adhesives, which are used in everything from book binding, box labels, name tags and many other applications.

  • Hoses, conveyers and tires. 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.

Environmental Benefits

Pine Chemistry has valuable environmental benefits. Here are just a few of the many ways Pine Chemistry helps support our environment:

  • Reduces our carbon footprint. The sap taken from trees, also called crude tall oil, after being extracted from the pulp and paper process, can be used in products as an alternative for petroleum-based products in many applications.

  • Creates its own bioenergy. All pine chemical biorefiners capture the residue of their own processes as bioenergy. This secondary use maximizes utilization of the original natural resource and results in reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Saves energy and reduces emissions. Sawdust, one of the co-products of Pine Chemistry, can be used as a natural absorbent to remove gases, corrosion and odor, including prevention of vehicular gas emissions, which saves one billion gallons of gasoline annually.

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