Stora Enso and Sulapac team up for biodegradable straws

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In Finland, Stora Enso and Sulapac continue to combat the global problem of plastic waste by launching a demo for sustainable drinking straws based on Sulapac’s biocomposite material – made of wood and natural binders. The demo, which targets production on an industrial scale, is designed to replace traditional plastic straws with renewable ones. The straws are designed to be recycled via industrial composting and biodegrade in marine environments.

Sulapac’s material works in existing extrusion lines and the target is to have the straws commercially available in the second quarter of 2019.

“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.