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Elephant Grass

We make Vibers from a crop called elephant grass, using the whole crop, but without using chemical processing. We grow elephant grass on marginal land, not fit for food production.

Thanks to our patented technology, we use Vibers to create materials with a high technical performance, and with a low ecological footprint. Our technology is scalable, usable for other companies all over the world.

Benefits
  • Absorbs about 30 tons of CO2 per hectare per year (four times more than a European forest)
  • Non food crop
  • Low moisture, from the land immediately ready for processing
  • Suitable for use in many sustainable materials, including bioplastic, bio-concrete and paper
  • No fertilizers needed
What does elephant grass contain?

Elephant grass is a biomass of cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin. Cellulose is the main ingredient for most biomaterials, while hemicellulose is the matrix consisting of various polysaccharides. Lignin provides the biomass with structure and rigidity.

Harvesting

In Europe this typically occurs in early spring. The spring harvest enables the plant to recycle nutrients from falling leaves and leaching. In other words, where elephant grass is grown, there is less nutrient and mineral depletion of the soil.

Low Moisture

These days, plants using little, or almost no water are very beneficial. Elephant grass moisture content ranges from 15-20% for late winter harvests.

The result

We could have focused on the use of elephant grass as animal feed. Or as a bio-energy crop. Or as a starting material to produce cellulose and other chemicals. We could have, but we didn’t. We had a more ambitious plan. We aimed higher in the value chain, developing high tech fibres. These fibres can be used to make bio-polymers, bio-concrete, papers and cardboard. At the same time, we are constantly researching and updating the technology and materials we use.

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Beautiful sustainable materials

Vibers is at the forefront in the fast-growing bio-materials industry. Offering our customers materials and solutions that are both sustainable and beautiful. Materials and solutions that can be used for your paper, packaging or construction materials. Let’s change the world together. Contact us, find out more about Vibers and join the vibe!

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Elephant grass, ready to harvest
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Production location in Zwolle, The Netherlands. Photo: Gerlinde Schrijver
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