Technology

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, improving soil structure and leaving a cleaner environment. With government regulation restricting the use of harmful high-density polyethylene bags, the Xylobag™ provides retailers with a viable, cheap bag alternative. The Xylobag™ allows consumers to eliminate unsightly plastic litter from their communities.

 

Processing

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.

 

Xylobag™ Composting Test Results

 

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CycleWood Patent Information

USPTO Patent App 20140121307

Blending lignin with thermoplastics and a coupling agent or compatibilizer

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USPTO Patent App 20140121360

Injection of a chemical reagent into a process stream that contains lignin.

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USPTO Patent App 20130338347

Chemical modification of lignin and lignin derivatives

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USPTO Patent App 20130303667

Chemical modification of lignin and lignin derivatives

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USPTO Patent App 20130303711

Chemical modification of lignin and lignin derivatives

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USPTO Patent App 20130303738

Chemical modification of lignin and lignin derivatives

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