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Renewable, marine biodegradable straws
Source：Food Bev Asia
Date Published：12/10/2018 10:12:15 AM
Stora Enso and Sulapac launched a demo for sustainable drinking straws at Slush 2018, a startup event that gathers 20,000 tech enthusiasts worldwide. The Helsinki-based companies seek industrial scale production of renewable straws as replacement for plastic ones. The straws are based on Sulapac’s biocomposite material – made of wood and natural binders – designed to be recycled via industrial composting and biodegrade in marine environments.
“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,” says Annica Bresky, EVP, Consumer Board division.
These drinking straws are recyclable, microplastic-free and marine biodegradable.
Stora Enso, a global provider of renewable solutions in packaging, biomaterials, wooden constructions and paper, signed a joint development agreement with Sulapac in May 2018 to license its materials and technology. The development of the demo straw is a joint collaboration between Stora Enso and Sulapac – a cooperation which complements Stora Enso’s extensive biocomposite portfolio.
“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,” says Hannu Kasurinen, SVP Head of Liquid Packaging and Carton Board.
Plastic-free straws are the way forward.
Sulapac’s material works in existing extrusion lines and the target is to have the straws commercially available in Q2 2019. All Sulapac products are made from renewable and sustainable raw materials and are designed for brands that want to replace plastics.
“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,” says Sulapac’s founder and CEO Suvi Haimi.