Collaboration And Partnerships Aimed At Producing Advanced, Renewable And Sustainable Products

Weyerhaeuser shares recent examples
Sep 11, 2013 5:00 PM ET

For decades, Weyerhaeuser has used carbon-neutral biomass to provide energy to help run its manufacturing operations. Additionally, the company’s wood products and cellulose fibers products are renewable; they’re derived from trees – a renewable resource. Weyerhaeuser is not shy about sharing that forests and related biomass can be a prime source of raw material for a variety of products.

Today, the company is continuing a strong tradition of ingenuity, research and sustainability by exploring new ways its assets can be used to generate renewable energy and fiber. Weyerhaeuser’s sustainable report shares examples of recent collaboration and partnerships aimed at producing advanced, renewable and sustainable products. One example is THRIVE™ - a proprietary, patent-pending form of thermoplastic composite that uses sustainably-sourced cellulose fiber as a reinforcement additive.

In 2012, working with Ford Motor Company, Weyerhaeuser launched THRIVE. Compared with abrasive short glass fibers, products made with THRIVE require less energy to produce and can reduce wear-and-tear on processing equipment. These benefits create significant advantage for a company looking to reduce its carbon footprint while enhancing performance and productivity. The product is initially being used in household goods and automotive parts. In addition, THRIVE can be used in a variety of composite plastic applications including office furniture, kitchenware, small and large consumer appliances, and other industrial goods.


Read more about Weyerhaeuser’s recent collaboration and partnerships in its online sustainability report.