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Plastic Packaging Alternative: Sulapac

Protection benefits of plastic minus the sustainability issues- sounds too good to be true. Sulapac offers a plastic packaging alternative with the potential to make a real impact.

Hailing from Finland, Sulapac® is a new sustainable packaging option offering a plastic packaging alternative. With many of the protection benefits of plastic, Sulapac offers a sturdy packaging option minus the sustainability issue.

Made from wood combined with a natural glue, Sulapac has both the feel and strength of plastic whilst being 100% biodegradable. As a patented product, the raw material breakdown is retained however a summary of the benefits is as follows:

  • Made of FSC-certified wood and all natural binders
  • 100% biodegradable 
  • Microplastic-free 
  • Water, oil and oxygen resistant
  • Low Carbon Footprint- 62% lower than traditional plastic, based on Lifecycle Analysis (LCA)
  • Recyclable via industrial composting
Comparison of sustainability between Sulapac and Plastic
Comparison of sustainability between Sulapac and Plastic: Source Sulapac.com

Currently, the product portfolio focusing heavily on the beauty industry, with a range of jars in 15 ml, 30 ml, 50 ml, 100 ml, and 200 ml sizes. This is clear like for like plastic packaging alternative, so its no coincidence therefor that luxury heavyweight Chanel became a significant investor in Sulapac®. A Chanel pilot product utilising this sustainable packaging is expected early 2019.

“Our mission to save this world from the plastic waste just became a big step closer”


Suvi Haimi, Chief Executive & Co-Founder, Sulapac

Whilst initially focused on these small jars, a major benefit of Sulapac® is its flexibility to overcome historic manufacturing process. Any plastic items currently made by injection moulding or extrusion can be replaced with Sulapac without the need to amend a production line. A clear plastic packaging alternative without the need to amend a production process.

Combined with a licensing model, companies can immediately consider a plastic packaging alternative with 100% biodegradable and microplastic-free products with minimal investment. Check out Sulapac website for further information on this new sustainable packaging option.

Further reading- Is re-useable packaging the future? Be sure to consider whether you can make packaging re-useable alongside plastic packaging alternatives being recyclable.

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