If you need a straw, there is a better alternative. Sulapac and Stora Enso have together developed a fully functional replacement for plastic straws. The straws are based on Sulapac's patent pending material innovation. The main components are renewable materials such as wood and plant-based binders.
The straw has strong usability and it works just like a traditional straw. It complies with existing waste systems and is designed to be recycled via industrial composting. The straws are produced with machinery originally designed to produce plastic straws.
The straws are available to brands and consumers looking for more eco-friendly solutions. In the first phase they are available in Europe and a global roll-out will follow.
Billions of plastic straws are produced and used every week. Together with other plastic products they create harmful waste that often ends up in the sea or in nature. In fact, only 14% of plastic packaging is collected for recycling. And with conventional plastic straws being based on oil – a finite resource – they can take hundreds of years to decompose.
Renewable fully biodegradable materials not only help reduce plastic pollution, but also our dependence on oil – which is a finite resource.
Stora Enso signed a joint development agreement with Sulapac in May 2018 to license Sulapac’s materials and technology. This cooperation complements Stora Enso's extensive biocomposite portfolio. The first commercially available product from the partnership with Sulapac is a renewable and biodegradable straw based on Sulapac’s material.
Sulapac develops sustainable materials that are designed like nature. Sulapac materials are bio-based and biodegradable, and they never compromise on functionality or aesthetics. Sulapac products are ideal for brands that want to eliminate plastic waste and demonstrate a genuine commitment to sustainability through the use of premium ecological material. The company was founded in 2016 by Suvi Haimi and Laura Tirkkonen-Rajasalo and is based in Helsinki, Finland. To read more visit www.sulapac.com.