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.
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 world’s most sustainable straw.