The SUSBIND consortium develops, produces and tests bio-based adhesive systems as an alternative to adhesive systems based on a formaldehyde resin as currently used for wood-based panel boards in furniture mass production. SUSBIND aims at producing these bio-based adhesive systems with leading wood board manufacturers for two product types: P2 particleboard (PB) and medium density fibreboard (MDF). The resulting bio-based adhesive system aims to outperform current conventional adhesive systems by means of a significantly lower carbon footprint, while also reducing emissions toxic to humans. As a second step in the guidance on environmental aspects in the SUSBIND research we have carried out an analysis of the environmental impact of the carbohydrate/oil feedstock options. For carbohydrate feedstocks, production from wheat and maize grain is studied. For oil feedstocks, production from linseed, rapeseed, soybean and sunflower is considered.
Based on the analyses conducted, the following general recommendations are derived: