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Stora Enso signs joint development agreement with Sulapac

Finland-headed global forest industry major Stora Enso Oyj and compatriot start-up sustainable packaging developer 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.

Sulapac says that it has the world’s first mass-producible premium eco-packaging material that can be processed in the same way as plastic. The company has signed a joint development agreement with Stora Enso (photo courtesy Stora Enso).

Through the joint development agreement, Stora Enso will licence 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. With our partners, such as Sulapac, we drive these innovations to create the packaging of the future, said Annica Bresky, EVP Consumer Board at Stora Enso.

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

The World needs material solutions that are one hundred 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, said Suvi Haimi, Co-founder and CEO, Sulapac.

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