The photograph shows a briefcase made from cellulose that Metsä Fibre will give to its partners at London Pulp Week.
A revolutionary material
As the world’s most common organic compound, the possible uses of cellulose are almost limitless. Sellusta Finland Ltd. and its Sukarwood brand are seeking to open up an innovative carbonneutral market for natural cellulose fibre, providing alternatives to non-renewable material solutions that rely on oil-based polymers. The company has explored new uses for such products as Metsä Fibre’s Botnia Nordic softwood pulp as material for its design goods.
A touch of nature
The first Sukarwood product was a cellulose-based modelling clay for use by children in schools and nurseries. The company finds that the tactile properties of cellulose make it an ideal material for use in many household and office items, such as light fittings, curtains, hangers and handicraft products.
The Sukarwood trademark belongs to Sellusta Finland Ltd., which was established in 2015. Aki Saarinen, the CEO and a founder of the company, has long experience working in the pulp and paper industry. Sukarwood products are made entirely in Finland from local softwood pulp and plywood. The headquarters of Sukarwood are in Jyväskylä, Central Finland. The new business currently employs five people. The trademark alludes to the origins of cellulose as a sugar fraction separated from wood.