Nanollose Ltd is an Australian based biotechnology company which has developed (and aims to continue to develop) innovative proprietary technologies relating to the production, processing and applications of microbial nanocellulose, which have the potential to effect change in the global cellulose industry and to offer an environmentally sustainable alternative to plant-based cellulose materials.
Cellulose, in its various forms, is produced globally and used to manufacture a wide range of products such as cotton and linen textiles, and a range of regenerated fibres and films such as rayon and cellophane. It is also the main component of paper and paper related products. Traditionally, cellulose has been obtained from plant-based sources such as cotton, flax and timber. These sources require considerable agricultural land and inputs putting pressure on natural resources.
By contrast, microbial nanocellulose is a form of cellulose consisting of nano-sized fibres produced by a non-hazardous and non-infectious bacterium in a biological system. Nanollose refers to the microbial nanocellulose that is produced using the Nanollose Technologies as plant-free cellulose. This concept is core to the Company’s philosophy.
Nanollose Technologies, which uses industrial organic and agricultural waste products to produce plant-free cellulose, does not involve the felling of trees or require the use of arable land or its associated use of irrigation, pesticides and other resource intensive inputs making it a sustainable product with potential for industrial scale manufacture.
Nanollose believes that plant-free cellulose is a more environmentally sustainable and eco-friendly alternative to traditional forms of plant-based cellulose. Its focus is to develop sustainable alternatives to plant-based cellulose by developing improved systems and processes to produce plant-free cellulose, novel methods of processing it, and new products from it, which can be used in the global industrial and consumer markets.