Stora Enso & Sulapac Announce Joint Effort

STOCKHOLM SWEDEN | Stora Enso and Sulapac have signed a joint development agreement to combat the global problem of plastic waste by accelerating the use of fully renewable, recyclable, and biodegradable materials in packaging. Stora Enso is a global provider of renewable solutions in packaging, biomaterials, wooden constructions, and paper. Sulapac, located in Helsinki, Finland, is a fully biodegradable and microplastic-free material made of renewable and sustainable raw materials. The company says its products are designed for brands that want to eliminate plastic waste and demonstrate a commitment to sustainability through the use of premium ecological material. 

Through the joint development agreement, Stora Enso will license Sulapac’s materials and technology and begin the development of fully renewable caps and closures for liquid packages. Other areas for joint development work include food packages and packages for consumer electronics

“At Stora Enso we believe that everything that’s made with fossil-based materials today can be made from a tree tomorrow. Our future growth comes from innovations in renewable materials,” says Annica Bresky, EVP Consumer Board at Stora Enso. “With our partners, such as Sulapac, we drive these innovations to create the packaging of the future.”

Adds Sulapac CEO Suvi Haimi, “The world needs material solutions that are 100 percent biodegradable. Sulapac material has all the benefits of plastic yet it completely biodegrades without the issues of microplastic. With Stora Enso’s global expertise, we can really speed up the global launch of our Sulapac material.”

The cooperation between the companies began in 2017 through Stora Enso’s Accelerator program, which involves partnering with Aalto University and startups to ideate and innovate around renewable products. Stora Enso is the first customer to use Sulapac’s material and technology license.

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