Stora Enso and Sulapac have introduced a demo of a sustainable straw that is designed to replace plastic straws with a renewable alternative.
The demo was launched at start-up event Slush 2019, and targets industrial scale production.
These straws are based on Sulapac’s biocomposite material, which are made from wood and natural binders, and designed to be recycled through industrial composting and biodegradable in the marine environment.
Stora Enso executive vice president consumer board division Annica Bresky said: “This is an important step for Stora Enso and showcases our long-term commitment to gradually replacing fossil-based materials with renewable solutions. Our collaboration with Sulapac is a great example of what we can achieve through partnership in terms of driving innovation to create sustainable solutions within the bioeconomy.”
Sulapac and Stora Enso signed a joint development agreement in May 2018 to license its materials and technology.
Stora Enso senior vice president head of liquid packaging and carton board Hannu Kasurinen said: “Eco-awareness is a strong driver for consumer demand, and our customers want help in replacing non-renewable materials. Different biocomposite solutions, such as renewable caps and closures and straws will be add-ons and a complement to our own consumer board portfolio, bringing additional value to our customers.”
Sulapac’s material works in existing extrusion lines and the target is to have the straws commercially available in 2019.
Sulapac founder and chief executive Suvi Haimi said: “Today, we proudly announce that we are launching a demo for a recyclable, microplastic-free and marine biodegradable straw. This is the world’s most sustainable straw that can be produced on an industrial scale and we have jointly developed it with Stora Enso. Billions of plastic straws are produced and used every week. This straw has the potential to be a true game changer.”