Revolutionizing plastic and paper packaging

Taking Sappi towards a sustainable strategy and a portfolio of new products

It’s a tough time to be a paper company. Overseas costs, increasing digitization, and a growing consumer commitment to sustainability all present hurdles. But Sappi were committed to change and innovation — which is why they approached us.

We collaborated with Sappi to achieve two main goals: to expand and grow the company in more than one direction and to do so sustainably.

A team effort
towards change

Over a long-term partnership, Board of Innovation and Sappi came together to become one. We researched what their current and potential clients really wanted, and pushed Sappi to consider what they could offer the world. Then, it was time to test out ideas and solutions that would unlock Sappi’s ambition.

Sappi dreamed of moving into sustainable materials for a variety of applications, and we believed in them. The result was Symbio, a wood-based alternative to standard plastic components. Its versatility and sustainability means it has the potential to change production chains across industries, including automotive interiors, consumer electronics, and food packaging.

Symbio in automotive use © Sappi

The materials that
make the future

Sappi soon launched a new portfolio of sustainable food packaging. Knowing normal paper wouldn’t cut it, together we developed a portfolio of coated paper-based wrappers with the ability to preserve all types of foods. As a result, Guard, Sappi’s award-winning packaging, could replace plastic forever.

With our help, Sappi successfully evolved from a paper production company to a manufacturer of sustainable materials. With Symbio recognized by companies such as Fiat, Sappi are on a mission to ultimately change large mass-producers’ approach towards plastic.

Likewise, Guard has landed collaborations with global CPG/FMCG market leaders such as Tony Chocolonely and Nestlé, meaning Sappi are driving the fight to replace plastic food packaging for good.

Tony's Chocolonely in Guard packaging © Tony's Chocolonely

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