envoPAP – A (r)evolution of tree-free technology

United Kingdom, United States (US)

Introduction

We make innovative, sustainable packaging and paper that’s kind to the planet. By using renewable sources—like sugarcane waste instead of wood—our production has a much smaller environmental footprint than traditional packaging, and still delivers an industry-leading product.

As a certified B Corporation, sustainability’s at the heart of our business. We balance profit and purpose, striving for ethical, eco-friendly, transparent production. We’re also committed to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals for 2030, around sustainability, responsibility, and innovation.

Packaging that saves trees

Since identifying a gap in the packaging market, we’ve continued to innovate and disrupt. We want to find new ways to move beyond conventional tree-based paper packaging and create a more sustainable future. Our cutting-edge products show that you can shift from a disposable to a circular culture, while still offering incredible quality.

Every item of Envopap packaging is recyclable, biodegradable, compostable, marine-degradable, and has a lower carbon footprint than conventional products. Each metric tonne of Envopap helps save 50 trees from being chopped down for paper and packaging production. So far, we’ve saved 760,000+ trees from deforestation.

By 2030, we aim to save 10 million trees across the globe, as well as empowering 1,000+ people through job opportunities and donating profits towards sustainable development.

How we got here

Our CEO Kaushal Shah comes from a family of paper producers in India, so he knows the packaging world inside out. Kaushal moved to the UK in 2015 to study business at the University of Southampton. While attending a packaging conference in Germany, he first saw the growing need for fast-moving consumer goods (FMCGs) to improve their green credentials, especially through plastic-free packaging.

That’s when Kaushal started to look at alternative ingredients for packaging products that didn’t involve timber or harmful plastics. He already knew the benefits of working with sugarcane: it generates wealth for farmers, is less labor-intensive, and requires less water than other crops—but still has a high yield. And with plenty of well-established farming cooperatives, it’s a booming business.

Using his family’s production experience, Kaushal started testing waste products as a base for packaging production, focusing on bagasse—a byproduct of sugarcane farming. This new product stood up to quality tests, so Kaushal dove in headfirst and launched Envopap—while still at university!

Five years later, Envopap has 11 employees, based in our London office. We’re working in 50 countries and 15 distributors across Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, creating environmentally-friendly packaging for some of the world’s most forward-thinking brands. Our mission to raise the standard of sustainable packaging is just getting started.

What’s next

Our company mission is the replacement of plastic to the greatest extent possible. We appreciate that we cannot do this without a strong footprint within North America. Therefore we have been sueccefully selected into the Energia Ventures accelerator which is a three-month accelerator for entrepreneurs in the energy, clean tech, and cybersecurity sectors based in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Our participation in this program is the first step to establishing a presence in North America as we hope to open an office there, and start replacing plastic in North America as we are doing in Europe.

Second Life Certification

The packaging industry needs a shake-up and we’re here to do it. As well as continuing to develop our own innovative, purpose-led products, we want to help other companies do the same. Saving the planet’s not a competition—it’s a crucial task that needs everyone to come together for the greater good.

That’s why we’re creating a Second Life Certification. It’s a way to validate other companies’ products as matching our high standards for sustainability. By helping other companies change their production methods, our impact will continue to multiply and reshape the industry. We can’t wait to get started.

How do we intend to use contributions from the GreenFunder community?

We plan to use the funds to further investment in our R&D activities, to keep improving, extending and increasing the range of our innovative products. We also intend to further our marketing efforts so more people can learn about our environmental packaging.

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