Safeguarding the Sustainable Use of Forests – FSC® Certificate for Sulapac® Premium
Sulapac received the FSC® certificate (FSC-C158142). FSC, The Forest Stewardship Council, is the world’s most trusted sustainable forest management solution. FSC promotes environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world’s forests through certification, labelling, and stakeholder cooperation.
Sulapac® Premium is a 100% biobased material made of wood chips and plant-based binders. The material has a luxurious look and feel and is suitable for cosmetic packaging and jewelry boxes, for example. Sulapac Premium now carries the FSC Mix label, which means that at least 70% of the wood within the product is from FSC-certified forests, and maximum of 30% is controlled wood. According to FSC, their forest management certification confirms that the forest is being managed in a way that preserves biological diversity and benefits the lives of local people and workers, while ensuring it sustains economic viability.
“A globally recognized certificate like the FSC is important to us as our business grows and expands to new regions. It gives confidence for our customers and helps us to maintain the high sustainability standards, also when knowing each and every supplier in person is no longer feasible”, says Suvi Haimi, Sulapac CEO.
Currently the wood in Sulapac originates from the Nordic forests, but as the company aims to use local resources whenever possible, there will be several geographical locations in the future. FSC makes sure the same principles of good forest management are followed and associated criteria met regardless the country of origin.
The new certificate covers at the moment only the Sulapac Premium material, however, Sulapac continues to guarantee the sustainable origin of wood throughout the entire portfolio. All Sulapac raw materials are responsibly sourced in accordance with the principles of sustainable sourcing.
“For Sulapac it is a top priority that our raw materials are sourced in a way that respects nature, the local people and workers. FSC certification is an effective tool to manage and highlight these aspects. However, it is not our sole criterium to ensure sustainability”, Haimi continues.
“In Finland only 10% of forest is FSC-certified. Here PEFC, the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification, is more widely adopted. Our policy is that we operate with timber goods companies who only process certified wood. We also always verify that the wood chips are generated as a by-product”, explains Sulapac’s Quality Manager Kati Häyhä.
“When discussing Sulapac and wood, the utilisation of industry’s side streams is an extremely important fact to highlight”, Haimi says. Side stream refers to the small particles that are generated when logs are being processed in sawmills. This side stream is typically not used for material production, but burned for energy. In case of Sulapac, the small particles are being salvaged and find a new life in our products as part of the circular economy.
Sulapac accelerates and inspires the plastic waste-free future with sustainable materials that are beautiful and functional. Like nature. The Helsinki-based company was founded in 2016 by two biochemists Suvi Haimi and Laura Tirkkonen-Rajasalo and has been ranked one of the 100 hottest startups in Europe by WIRED UK. Join the forerunners at sulapac.com.