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 natural, sustainable and beautiful alternative to plastic.

Sulapac® is a biodegradable and microplastic-free material made entirely from renewable sources and certified wood. It can be used as packaging for everything from cosmetics to foodstuff to gift boxes and more. It has all the benefits of plastic, yet it biodegrades completely and leaves no trace once it’s gone.

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 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 a microplastic-free, marine degradable and mass producible straw on the mission to save the world from the plastic waste.

Europe's 100 hottest start-ups

Wired UK Selected Sulapac among the 100 hottest startups in Europe.

Sulapac won Worldstar competition

Sulapac won the world championship competition of packaging industry with Kohinoor jewellery packaging for Kultakeskus.

Universal recipe for injection moulding

We want sustainability to be an easy choice. Sulapac universal recipe can be used with all production lines and molds.

People behind Sulapac

We set out to save our planet from plastic waste with the world’s number one sustainable material.

Suvi has a PhD in biomaterials and is the key person in fund raising and building a world-class team of passionate professionals.

Suvi Haimi

CEO, Co-founder

suvi.haimi@sulapac.com

Laura has a PhD in biomaterials and is the key person developing the patented biomaterial recipe and technology.

Laura Tirkkonen-Rajasalo

CCO, Co-founder

laura.tirkkonen-rajasalo@sulapac.com

Antti has experience in more than 20 wood composite break-through products and their commercialization. He is a co-founder of Onbone & Woodio which operates in 35 countries.

Antti Pärssinen

Innovation, Co-founder

antti.parssinen@sulapac.com

Antti has 15+ years of experience in leadership positions on global marketing from companies like Telia AB and F-Secure Corporation.

Antti Valtonen

CMO

antti.valtonen@sulapac.com

Imran has 10+ years of experience in delivering results for IoT and Clean Technology scale-up companies such as Tieto in the US and Europe.

Imran Ahmed

Sales & Partnerships

imran.ahmed@sulapac.com

Panu has 10+ years’ experience in leading R&D and production in IVD and Medical Device industry, working for Biohit Oyj, United Medix Laboratories Ltd., and Radiometer Finland Oy.

Panu Hendolin

CTO

panu.hendolin@sulapac.com

Tero has 15+ years of experience in corporate finance, M&A and private equity from operational roles to board seats. He has worked at PwC, Vaaka Partners and at KONE Corporation.

Tero Lehtinen

CFO

tero.lehtinen@sulapac.com

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.

A word from Sulapac CEO

Suvi Haimi introduces Sulapac and the world’s most sustainable straw.

Customers & awards

Proudly introducing companies that have joined us on our mission to save the world from plastic waste.