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Non-plastic fantastic

Our world is hugely dependant on petroleum-based plastics and other non-renewable materials. But renewable “biofibres” such as wood, flax or hemp could take over – and sooner than many think. Scion, a Crown Research Institute, wants to realise products that are made with less energy, do the job at least as well, and ultimately don’t grow the landfill.


New Value

Crown Research Institutes

  • AgResearch logo.
  • Plant and Food Research logo.
  • ESR logo. GNS Science logo.
  • Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua logo.
  • NIWA logo.
  • SCION logo.

Crown Agent

  • Callaghan Innovation logo.

Subsidiaries, associates, joint ventures

  • Prevar
  • Grasslands Innovation
  • farmax
  • grasslanz
  • VARNZ Ltd
  • Clone International
  • PhytaGro, Inc
  • EnCoate
  • Enviro-Mark Solutions
  • EcoGene
  • Veritec
  • Atlastech
  • BioPacific Ventures
  • Virtual Institute of Statistical Genetics
  • Biopolymer Network
  • National Land Resource Centre (NLRC)