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Noora Nylanden 20.06.2024 4 min

Sulapac awarded in the Packaging Gateway Excellence Awards in two categories

Sulapac Ltd has won two awards in the 2024 Packaging Gateway Excellence Awards in the Innovation and Environmental categories.

The Packaging Gateway Excellence Awards celebrate the industry’s greatest achievements and innovations. Powered by the business intelligence of GlobalData, the programme provides a platform to recognize the people and companies that are driving change in the industry.

Sulapac was recognized in the Innovation and Environmental categories for developing bio-based, biodegradable, and recyclable materials that offer sustainable alternatives to conventional plastics, while ensuring compliance with the most demanding customer and industry standards and fostering a circular economy through strategic partnerships.


Innovating for a cleaner beauty industry

The Excellence Awards research team highlighted the launch of the Sulapac Luxe materials and their ability to address the beauty industry’s challenge of finding eco-friendly packaging that still delivers the luxury feel and performance expected by high-end brands. “The launch of Sulapac Luxe and Luxe Flex materials demonstrates the company’s ability to provide sustainable alternatives without compromising on quality or aesthetics”.

Scalable solutions for global impact

Another material innovation that was pinpointed by the jury of Packaging Gateway Excellence Awards was Sulapac Flow 1.7 for thermoforming. “Its compatibility with existing manufacturing processes and its ability to be both mechanically and chemically recycled underscore Sulapac’s commitment to providing practical, scalable, and sustainable solutions.”

“We are delighted by the recognition and attention our material innovation for thermoforming has received, as it represents a significant breakthrough for the environment by reducing CO2 emissions and the consumption of fossil-based plastics in a practical and scalable way with the highest quality,” commented Joona Kontinen, Growth and Innovations Manager at Sulapac.

The low carbon footprint of Sulapac materials, such as Sulapac Flow 1.7, is one of the key factor in the company’s recognition in the Environmental category. “By maximising the biobased content and prioritising the use of industrial side streams and recycled biodegradable biopolymers, Sulapac is actively reducing the environmental impact of packaging, aligning with global efforts to combat climate change.”

Accelerating the circular economy through a collaborative approach

Packaging Gateway Excellence Awards Innovation category is set out to recognize sector’s pioneers in terms of R&D achievements and/or novel business practices that not only take their own business forward but the sector as a whole. In addition to Sulapac’s material innovations, its collaborative approach was acknowledged. Sulapac’s partnership with TotalEnergies Corbion to promote circularity in the cosmetics industry was identified as a great example of this. In addition, the Sulapac closed-loop model recently adopted in pilot mode by Burger King Finland exemplifies how the industry conventions can be pushed towards more sustainable practices through open collaboration.

Tackling microplastics and toxic residues

Recyclability and reduced carbon footprint were recognized as important environmental credentials for Sulapac. The Excellence Awards research team also states that one of the most pressing environmental issues associated with plastic is the proliferation of microplastics. “Sulapac’s materials are designed to leave no permanent microplastics or toxic residues behind in any stage of the product lifecycle, addressing this global concern.”

The biodegradability of each Sulapac material is ensured by standardised tests conducted by independent accredited third-party laboratories. “As a science-based company, all our environmental claims are validated by scientific evidence and rigorous testing, and the results are open for anyone to review. Transparency and integrity are integral parts of our culture,” Kontinen concludes.

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Sulapac Ltd is an award-winning material innovation company bringing solutions to the global plastic crisis. By replacing conventional plastic with sustainable, beautiful, and functional Sulapac materials, companies can reduce their carbon footprint, eliminate microplastic pollution, and advance the circular economy. The Helsinki-based company was founded by three scientists in 2016 and serves customers across various industries on three continents. Investors behind Sulapac®, the patented material innovation, include CHANEL and Sky Ocean Ventures.

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