Sustainable by design
When Suvi Haimi and Laura Tirkkonen-Rajasalo looked around their bathrooms, they both saw the same thing: a problem. Aware of the ever-growing amounts of single-use plastic that fills our lives and seas, they set out to find a solution.
As biochemists specializing in biomaterials, Suvi and Laura came up with a sustainable alternative to plastic.
Sulapac® is both beautiful and functional. Like nature. It biodegrades fully without leaving permanent microplastics behind. Sulapac® can be processed with existing plastic product machinery, making the switch from conventional plastic to an eco-friendly alternative easier than you might think.
CreativityThink outside the box.
IntegrityKeep your word.
Sulapac on a timeline
Sulapac was founded in 2016 in Helsinki, Finland. We first focused on packaging, but soon saw how the material can also be used in various other applications. Click through our journey below.
Sulapac is founded
Dr Suvi Haimi and Dr Laura Tirkkonen-Rajasalo founded Sulapac in Helsinki, Finland with a mission to save our planet from the plastic waste. They are both specialized in biomaterials.
Luxepack Monaco win
Sulapac® was awarded as the best green packaging solution at the LUXE PACK in Green Awards in Monaco.
First patent filed
Sulapac’s first patent was approved in 2018 and many new patents are pending to safeguard new material and manufacturing innovations.
First market release for oil emulsion and dry foods
Naviter was the first cosmetic producer to use Sulapac as its packaging for natural cosmetics.
ISO 9001 quality system
Sulapac received ISO 9001:2015 certification.
Manufacturing innovation for existing machinery
Plastic product manufacturers can use the material with their existing machinery.
First licensing customer Stora Enso
Stora Enso and Sulapac signed a joint development agreement to combat the global plastic waste crisis. Through the agreement, Stora Enso became the first licensor of Sulapac’s materials and technology.
Straw pre-launch with Stora Enso
Sulapac and Stora Enso introduced the bio-based biodegradable straw with outstanding usability.
Europe's 100 hottest start-ups
Wired UK selected Sulapac among the 100 hottest startups in Europe. We received this recognition also in 2019 and 2021.
Sulapac won Worldstar competition
Sulapac won the world championship competition of packaging industry with Kohinoor jewellery packaging for Kultakeskus.
Universal recipe for injection molding
We want sustainability to be an easy choice. Sulapac universal recipe is a drop-in solution for most production lines and molds.
The Nordic startup to watch
Sifted, backed by the Financial Times, listed Sulapac as one of the Nordic startups to watch in 2021.
A groundbreaking barrier innovation
Sulapac launches the first ever barrier for water-based products that biodegrades without leaving permanent microplastics behind.
People behind Sulapac
We accelerate and inspire the plastic waste-free future with sustainable materials that are beautiful and functional. Like nature.
Investors and partners
Sulapac is backed by Lifeline Ventures, Business Finland, EU Horizon 2020 -program, large strategic investors as well as well-known Finnish private investors.
SULAPAC has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 829681
Prof. Dirk Grijpma
Director of Ardent Venture
Chairman and main owner of Cargotec
Director of Valve Ventures
Chairman of Rovio and Marimekko
Tomi & Janne Kyöstilä
Main owners of Planmeca
A word from Sulapac CEO
Suvi Haimi introduces Sulapac and the 'straw without compromise'.