Towards a fossil-free chemical industry
We convert pine trees sourced from renewable forests into sustainable pine chemicals.
Petrochemicals are used in millions of products, from detergents, adhesives, tyres to personal care products. It’s one of the dirtiest industries in the world, consumes more than 10% of fossil fuels produced globally and emits an estimated 3.3 gigatons of greenhouse gas emissions a year.
In 2020 we acquired Essential Queensland
In 2020 Leaf Resources acquired Essential Queensland, a company pioneering sustainable and clean pine chemical production, utilising a proprietary organic solvent extraction technology.
The founder Ray Mountfort developed the idea to extract and produce rosin and terpenes directly from wood, after working for a New Zealand based company (Eka Chemicals now Lawters) that extracts rosin and terpenes from the by-products of the Kraft pulping process and adds value to them through further processing.
Supply was short and it was identified that plantation trees were not being suitably exploited for pine chemicals. Since this time Ray has been developing this process. In July 2016 Ray and his family moved to Gympie in Queensland, Australia and started to develop the Natural Pine Chemicals opportunity.