Paptic Ltd produces a completely new kind of packaging material which could replace more environmentally harmfull packaging materials such as plastics, paper and textiles in many flexible applications. They include carrier bags, web shop mailing envelopes, and medicine and cosmetics packaging.”
PAPTIC® is a soft, robust, flexible, and moisture-resistant material manufactured from wood fibre, and it is particularly suited for applications where plastic film has previously been the only option.
Paptic® was founded in 2015 as a spin-off of the VTT Technology Research Centre of Finland by Tuomas Mustonen, Esa Torniainen, and Karita Kinnunen-Raudaskoski. The patented Paptic® technology enables production that is more resource-efficient and environmentally friendly and follows the principles of circular economy. The PAPTIC® material can be produced by traditional paper making machines, and there finement of the material into products can be managed with plastic, paper and textile processing machines. In other words, no new infrastructure is needed at all.
The primary mission of the company is to solve the issue of plastic pollution in the oceans, which is largelycaused by plastic bags. Millions of tons of plastic ends up in the oceans every year, and in order to prevent this, new sustainable packaging materials must be introduced. The main means of disposal place ofPAPTIC® is to sort it as cardboard recycling, but if it finds its way into the environment, it will biodegrade in the end. The first products were delivered to clients in 2016, and now the aim is to increase th production to industrial scale by the end of 2019.