RheTech adds that this results in an environmentally friendly bio-plastic that reduces the use of fossil-based materials and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. It also helps reduce component part weight, while providing excellent durability and performance for a variety of applications ranging from automotive to consumer goods.

The new bio-composite technology, developed by Eco Research Institute Ltd. (ERI) of Japan, the parent company of EBPM, involves dry-grinding paper and pulp into micro-sized powder. The powder can then be used as a reinforcement in polypropylene and other plastics.