Sulapac® key feature: Sustainably sourced

Sulapac® aims to minimize the environmental footprint of its materials and operations by careful selection of raw materials, and all suppliers and partners. The validation process includes all aspects of sustainability, covering environmental, social and economic topics. We conduct a sustainability and quality inquiry, and when necessary an audit on the supplier premises. The plant-based content of Sulapac materials is maximized with the aim to utilize raw materials originating from side streams as much as possible. Sulapac has in place ISO 9001 Quality Management System and ISO 14001 Environmental Management System.

 

Background

The key feature ‘Sustainable raw materials, sourcing and production’ and the related criteria and validation focuses on the responsibility of the sourcing and production processes and the origin of the raw materials. Other sustainability aspects of Sulapac materials are covered in detail in the other key feature documents.

 

Key feature

Sulapac uses a selection of biopolymers and natural fibers with the aim to maximize the use of side streams, second generation (non-food feedstock) and certified biomasses. E.g. the wood we use originates from industrial side streams from sustainably managed forests and constitutes a large share of the total composition of many of our materials. We pay attention to that the biomasses the biopolymers originate from are sustainably grown according to good land use principles.

Our leading design principle is to mimic the nature. The use of biomass resources is based on the natural carbon cycle: in photosynthesis plants take CO2 from the air, water from the ground and convert it into biomass with the help of solar energy. At the end of the life cycle the carbon can be returned to the nature to facilitate the growth of new biomass (see further information in the key feature “compostable”).  Sulapac’s business model is based on partnerships and factory as a service concept, meaning we do not own any production facilities but partner with existing production plants.

We combine material sales with consultative support throughout the product life cycle. Our materials are used on customers’ and partners’ existing production lines to replace conventional plastics. This business model already enables localized manufacturing of the end-products, and as our business grows, also the material production can be taken close to the customer. Our aim is to use local, nearby raw materials, as much as possible.

 

Criteria and validation

  1. Sulapac aims to minimize the environmental footprint of its materials by careful selection of raw materials and all suppliers and partners. Local raw materials are preferred whenever possible.
  2. Sulapac acts in compliance with environmental laws and regulations, and we demand all the companies in our supply chain to do the same.
  3. Sulapac, as well as our material suppliers conform to applicable chemical regulations, such as REACH. (for details see Key feature “Safe and circular by design”)
  4. Sulapac Universal, Sulapac Premium and Sulapac Flow materials comply with EU and US food contact criteria.
  5. The wood we use originates from industrial side streams and is harvested from sustainably managed forests. Sulapac or its partners are not directly or indirectly involved in illegal logging or the trade of illegal wood or forest products, violation of human rights in forestry operations, destruction of high conservation values in forestry operations, significant conversion of forests to plantations or non-forest use, nor the introduction of genetically modified organisms in forestry operations.
  6. The raw materials used are not genetically modified.
  7. The plant-based content of Sulapac materials is maximized with the aim to maximize the use of side streams, second generation and certified biomasses.
  8. Sulapac materials are compliant with EC 2023/2006 regarding Good Manufacturing Practice.
  9. Sulapac and all the companies in our supply chain are committed to UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the rights and values laid down in the International Bill of Rights and the fundamental rights in the eight core conventions of the International Labor Organization as set out in the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.
  10. Our suppliers shall comply with applicable laws and industry standards on working hours and must comply with all applicable laws and respect internationally recognized human rights, wherever they operate. All suppliers are strictly prohibited to use child labor.  Furthermore, Sulapac code of conduct insists our suppliers  to allow workers to freely associate or group e.g. in collective bargaining association and to form and join trade unions and other workers’ organizations.

 

To ensure the compliance with environmental laws and regulations, chemical regulations, human rights and labor laws, we asses all our raw material suppliers and raw materials according to our Supplier and Raw Material Approval Process, which is specified in our Quality Management System ISO 9001. The assessment must be completed before a supplier or raw material can be approved for production use. We conduct a sustainability and quality inquiry, and when necessary an audit on the supplier premises. The procedure includes all aspects of sustainability, covering environmental, social and economic topics.

The suppliers of raw materials are subject either to the Sulapac Code of Conduct, or they must have an own code of conduct that has the same principles and values as Sulapac has.

To verify that the raw materials do not contain genetically modified organisms and that the wood is industry side stream, we require Declarations of Origin and Safety Data Sheets from all our main raw material suppliers. Furthermore, to make sure the wood we use is harvested from sustainably managed forests, we operate with timber goods companies who only process certified wood. Sulapac Premium material acquired FSC® certification in August 2020.

As the supplier network grows, we are constantly developing our verification processes and auditing protocol to guarantee sustainability throughout the value chain. In May 2020 Sulapac received the ISO 14001 Environmental Management Certification.

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