1. WHAT IS SULAPAC® MADE OF?
Sulapac Universal and Sulapac Premium materials are both made from sustainably sourced wood and natural biopolymers. They are 100% bio-based and non-toxic. The Sulapac Straw is made of non-toxic, sustainably sourced raw materials with maximized renewable material content. It is microplastic-free and marine-biodegradable making it the most sustainable mass-producible straw in the world. The wood in all our recipes originates from wood industry side streams.
2. WHAT CAN SULAPAC® BE USED FOR?
Sulapac® is a sustainable alternative for conventional plastic. Although not all plastic can or should be replaced, the number of possibilities is vast. Sulapac® can be used as packaging for everything from cosmetics to foodstuff to gift boxes and more. There are also countless application possibilities outside of packaging: Sulapac Universal material is suitable for rigid products such as clothing hangers, personal care items, and more – your imagination is the limit. The Sulapac Straw material can be adopted by existing straw manufacturers to replace plastic straws. It is a great example of a product that can have a substantial positive impact on the environment.
3. HOW CAN MY COMPANY START USING SULAPAC®?
If you are interested in the Sulapac Premium material for injection molding, simply ask for an offer. For optimal compatibility, please consult Sulapac experts regarding the injection molding machinery, from nozzle size to mold selection.
The Sulapac Straw material is a plug-in solution for plastic straw manufacturers and has been tested successfully with multiple production lines. If you are interested in producing more sustainably with the Sulapac Straw material, let us know.
4. WHY IS SULAPAC® A SUSTAINABLE CHOICE?
Sulapac material is fully biodegradable, non-toxic and microplastic-free. It is made of sustainably sourced raw materials. Most of our materials are also 100% bio-based.
By replacing conventional plastic with Sulapac you help solving the global plastic waste problem. Sulapac can be recycled via industrial composting. If a Sulapac product accidentally ends up in nature, it will biodegrade into CO2, water and biomass leaving no microplastics behind. In addition to being a zero-waste alternative, choosing Sulapac means a reduced carbon footprint.
5. HOW SHOULD I DISPOSE A SULAPAC PACKAGING OR PRODUCT AFTER USE?
The preferred disposal method is industrial composting, which means the material degrades into CO2, water and biomass in a biowaste treatment plant. Separate biowaste collection exists in many countries and regions already, and by 2023 it’s set to be mandatory in the EU. However, a compostability certificate such as the Seedling may be required in order for the product to be accepted in the recycling system. Our Premium Plus material has the Seedling certificate, which verifies that the packaging can be composted in the majority of composting plants in the EU. We are in the process of getting the certification for our other products as well. Please note that brands using Sulapac® need to apply for the Seedling certificate separately for the end product.
In case the industrial composting is not a feasible option, Sulapac packaging can be disposed with energy waste. When burned, there are no toxic emissions. Also, the carbon footprint is comparably small.
In a home compost the breakdown of Sulapac® may take considerable amount of time, as the conditions are milder compared to industrial compost. Home composting is something we are currently experimenting with.
6. ARE SULAPAC PRODUCTS RECYCLABLE?
Sulapac material is recyclable via industrial composting, a form of organic recycling. Other recycling options are currently under investigation. Potential future recycling methods include mechanical and chemical recycling, either as separately collected waste streams or within plastic waste streams. In our preliminary tests it has been shown that Sulapac Premium material can be mechanically recycled up to six times.
7. HOW IS SULAPAC® DIFFERENT FROM CONVENTIONAL PLASTIC?
Sulapac® is 100% biodegradable, non-toxic, microplastic-free material, meaning if it accidentally ends up in nature it will not harm the ecosystem. An item made of conventional plastic takes hundreds of years to disappear in nature, and may release toxic substances, whereas a Sulapac cosmetics jar, for example, dissolves in a similar timeframe as a piece of natural wood of same size. Most Sulapac materials are 100% bio-based, whereas conventional plastic is fossil-based. This means Sulapac® is a climate friendly alternative to plastic.
8. SULAPAC® IS A MICROPLASTIC-FREE MATERIAL. WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
Microplastics are plastic particles that are smaller than 5 millimeters in size in at least one dimension. Microplastic releasing materials cannot be digested by naturally occurring microorganisms, and therefore, remain in nature for hundreds of years. Microplastics usually contain hazardous substances. Moreover, as they degrade into even smaller nanoparticles, they can be harmful for living organisms. Microplastic-free materials such as Sulapac® can be digested by naturally occurring microorganisms, and eventually biodegrade to CO2, H2O and biomass. Sulapac promotes a zero-waste lifestyle; If a Sulapac product accidentally ends up in the natural environment, it biodegrades fully and leaves no microplastics behind.
9. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SULAPAC UNIVERSAL MATERIAL AND SULAPAC PREMIUM MATERIAL?
The look and feel, as well as production-related characteristics are slightly different. Sulapac Universal material contains wood flour and is designed to fit perfectly to existing production lines and moulds. It allows you to start producing sustainable products with minimal investment. Sulapac Premium material has large wood chips visible with a haptic touch. It is an ideal fit for sustainable products that aim for that exclusive feel. For optimal compatibility for injection molding machinery, please consult Sulapac experts. Both materials are 100% biodegradable, non-toxic, microplastic-free and 100% bio-based.
10. WHERE CAN I BUY SULAPAC PRODUCTS?
Sulapac® is used by brands worldwide. Product introductions will be soon available on our website. Stay tuned!
If you are interested in using our material or the ready-made Nordic Collection, ask for an offer and we will be shortly in touch.