Conceived to replace hard-to-recycle materials including thermoplastics, Sulapac Luxe is said to offer the very same resistance, density and aesthetic properties, but with bio-based content.
In the face of increasingly stringent regulations coupled with consumer demand for more sustainable packaging solutions, fragrance and cosmetics brands are starting to phase out thermoset materials and thermoplastics. In response to this, Finnish materials company Sulapac has just launched Sulapac Luxe, a bio-based alternative grade specifically designed for fragrance caps. “One major challenge beauty brands face in replacing conventional plastics is the strict performance criteria of the chosen materials,” explains Colin Strobant, Sulapac International Sales Director in a statement. “With Sulapac Luxe, we have shown that conventional plastics can be easily replaced without compromising on quality. The material […] stands up to the highest demands for luxury performance.”
Sulapac Luxe can be formed on existing injection molding lines. With its “smooth and glossy” surface, it is said to resist temperature fluctuations and offers the same “feel and sound” of ceramic.
The new grade can be made with recycled content on demand. This is in keeping with the supplier’s goal to work only with recycled biopolymers within the next five years, according to Sulapac CEO and Co-founder Suvi Haimi.
Two years ago, Sulapac launched its bio-based barrier solution for water-based formulas. In 2019, Chanel entered Sulpac’s capital.