Wood-based design packaging for cosmetics

Sulapac’s innovation is completely biodegradable and microplastic-free raw material. Plastic manufacturers can procure a licence to use the material and technologies in their existing equipment and plants without major capital investments. The solution has vast potential to reduce the amount of plastic waste that ends up in the sea.

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Problem

Approximately 80 million tonnes of plastic packaging is produced worldwide every year. Up to 30 per cent of plastic packaging ends up in nature, untreated. Microplastics that are released into the oceans harm the ecosystem and ultimately find their way into our food chain. Oil, which is used to make plastic, is also a non-renewable natural resource.

Solution: biodegradable packaging design

Sulapac has developed a material meeting the principles of sustainable development that can be moulded into objects according to customer needs on plastic manufacturers’ existing production lines. The material is made of wood chips from certified forests and natural binders, and it can be recycled in industrial composts. Sulapac also has its own line of biodegradable packaging that can be used for products such as cosmetics.

Revenue logic and benefits to Sulapac

Sulapac’s customers include brands, plastic manufacturers and material suppliers. Sulapac licenses and sells the material and technology that manufacturers can use to make objects for various purposes on their existing production lines.

Benefits to customers and end users

Plastic manufacturers using Sulapac’s material do not need to make major equipment investments. The material produced in keeping with sustainable development reduces the environmental footprint of Sulapac’s customers and the amount of plastic waste in the world. The biodegradable packaging made of renewable raw materials reduces the environmental footprint of Sulapac’s customers.

FACTS

Sulapac in a nutshell

Main business: packaging

Established: 2016

Net sales: less than €1 million

Launch of circular economy solution: 2017

Share of the circular economy solution of the total business: 100%

Employees: 1-10

Based: Helsinki

Website: www.sulapac.com

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The most interesting companies in the circular economy in Finland

The most interesting companies in the circular economy is a list compiled by Sitra to showcase Finland’s most inspiring examples of the circular economy. Sitra is using the list as a way to challenge Finnish companies to meet the changing needs of the world.

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