FINLAND is fighting plastic pollution with “green bags”.
In a business-as-usual scenario, by 2050 oceans are expected to contain more plastics than fish. The worst offenders are plastic bags – only 7% of those are recycled in Europe, according to a Euronews report.
Helsinki-based SME Paptic has developed a new material made of wood fibre and bits of bioplastic that can be used to make sustainable bags.
“It’s the next generation of paper,” says CEO Tuomas Mustonen. “It’s environmentally-friendly, recyclable, renewable, and it’s really durable. That’s why we are replacing plastic with our material.”
To develop this, the company has raised hundreds of thousands of euros in venture capital.