Background

The key feature ‘Sustainable raw materials’ and the attached criteria and validation address predominantly the responsibility of the sourcing process. In addition, the renewable origin of the raw materials is covered here. Other environmental aspects of the Sulapac® material are covered in detail in the following key feature documents: ‘microplastic-free’, ‘safe by design’ and ‘compostable’, which are all, to a large extent, implications of the prioritization of renewable raw materials.

KEY FEATURE: SUSTAINABLE RAW MATERIALS

All our raw materials are sustainably sourced. The wood we use is industry side stream and comes from sustainably managed forests. The plant-based content in our recipes is maximized.

Criteria

  1. Sulapac acts in compliance with environmental laws and regulations, and we demand all the companies in our supply chain to do the same.
  2. Sulapac, as well as our material suppliers conform to applicable chemical regulations, such as REACH.
  3. The wood we use 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.
  4. The wood material used is industry side stream.
  5. The raw materials used are not genetically modified.
  6. The plant-based content is maximized.
  7. Sulapac and all the companies in our supply chain are committed to the United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Declaration of the Rights of a Child, and the International Labor Organization’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. All the companies we work with must comply with national labor laws.

Validation

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. When necessary, we also conduct a quality questionnaire and/or an audit on the supplier premises. The environmental, social and economical responsibility aspects are checked.

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 that 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.

The plant-based content of the Sulapac straw is over 75%. Our product development continues with the aim of creating a mass-producible straw made entirely from renewable raw materials.

As the supplier network grows, we are constantly developing our verification processes and auditing protocol to guarantee sustainability all the way to the raw material sources. Sulapac aims to use local raw materials as much as suitable and available.

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