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Stora Enso and Sulapac Launch Biodegradable Drinking Straw at Slush 2018

Sulapac - biodegradable straws The new biodegradable straw is based on Sulapac's biocomposite material — made of wood and natural binders — designed to be recycled via industrial composting and biodegrade in marine environments.

Dec. 6, 2018 - Stora Enso and Sulapac launched a biodegradable drinking straw at Slush 2018, a startup event that took place Dec. 4-5 at Messukeskus Helsinki Expo and Convention Centre in Finland. The event gathers some 20,000 tech enthusiasts from around the world.

The recyclable demonstartion straw, which targets production on an industrial scale, is designed to replace traditional plastic straws. The straw is 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,” said Annica Bresky, EVP, Consumer Board division. “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.”

In May 2018, Stora Enso signed a joint development agreement with Sulapac 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,” explained Hannu Kasurinen, SVP Head of Liquid Packaging and Carton Board at Stora Enso. “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 the second quarter of 2019.

About Sulapac

Sulapac is a fully biodegradable and microplastic free material made of renewable and sustainable raw materials. Sulapac products are designed for brands that want to eliminate plastic waste and demonstrate a genuine commitment to sustainability through the use of premium ecological material. The company was founded in 2016 by Suvi Haimi and Laura Kyllönen and is based in Helsinki, Finland. To learn more, please visit: sulapac.com

Stora Enso is a leading provider of renewable solutions in packaging, biomaterials, wooden constructions and paper on global markets. To learn more, please visit: www.storaenso.com.

SOURCE: Stora Enso