Green Chemistry Case Studies
Buckman International, Inc. – 2012 PGCCA Winner in the Area of Design of Greener Chemicals
Title: Enzymes Reduce the Energy and Wood Fiber Required to Manufacture High-Quality Paper and Paperboard
Summary: Traditionally, making strong paper required costly wood pulp, energy-intensive treatment, or chemical additives. But that may change. Buckman’s Maximyze® enzymes modify the cellulose in wood to increase the number of "fibrils" that bind the wood fibers to each other, thus making paper with improved strength and quality − without additional chemicals or energy. Buckman's process also allows papermaking with less wood fiber and higher percentages of recycled paper, enabling a single plant to save $1 million per year.