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Microplastic-free Sulapac-material challenges plastic

Objective

The extensive use of plastic in packaging is a growing global challenge. Over 30% of the 78 million tons produced annually ends up polluting our environment. There is not a great alternative for the plastic yet in the mass market: biodegradable bioplastics degrade too slowly and non-biodegradable bioplastics pollute the world with microplastic.

Finnish SME Sulapac has created the most sustainable packaging solution in the world. It is 100% biodegradable and contains 0% microplastics. Sulapac® has all the benefits of plastic, but without the waste problem. The renewable wood-based material has a low carbon footprint, yet it is similar to plastic in terms of price, formability and functionality.

Sulapac® is a fast biodegrading water, oil and oxygen resistant material solution. It is suitable for mass manufacturing of rigid and flexible packaging such as jars and tubes. It can also be used for light weight packaging. Sulapac is a real alternative to plastics used in high-volume cosmetics and food industries.

The aim of the SULACHANGE project is to finalise our product offering to capture the full potential of our unique material and prepare for global scale market introduction. We will optimise our recipe and barrier coatings for high volume cosmetic and food industries, apply for required certificates, do customer pilots and create a licensing model. As a result of the project, the company will grow to annual revenues of €90 million within a few years.
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Coordinator

SULAPAC OY

Address

Iso Roobertinkatu 21-25
00120 Helsinki

Finland

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 1 934 187

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 829681

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 November 2018

  • End date

    31 October 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.

H2020-EU.2.3.

H2020-EU.2.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 763 125

  • EU contribution

    € 1 934 187

Coordinated by:

SULAPAC OY

Finland