The Finnish cosmetics brand has collaborated with material innovation startup Sulapac on a pilot project to sustainably package two of its most popular skincare products Nordic-C [VALO] Glow Reveal moisturizer and Nordic Hydra [LÄHDE] Intense Hydration 24H moisturizer.

The two products will be packaged in Sulapac jars made from FSC-certified wood chips from industrial side streams and plant-based materials. The inner lining of the jar consists of the world’s first barrier technology for cosmetics made of industrially compostable material that protects the sensitive cosmetic product.

Up until now, the main challenge of using bio-based material in jars has been the fast evaporation of moisture, which is why it hasn’t been deemed a workable solution for water-based cosmetics. Through this pilot, we are making an investment towards the future of innovation in the cosmetics industry,” says Essi Arola, Head of Research and Development, Packaging at Lumene.

According to Sulapac, four years of scientific development and testing were required to create an innovative jar made of industrially compostable material that would be able to host a water-based formula. The design philosophy of Sulapac is to mimic nature – similarly to a same-size piece of wood left on the forest floor, Sulapac jars can be digested by naturally occurring microorganisms and break down into carbon dioxide, water and biomass, leaving no traces behind.

The products will be available internationally on Lumene’s online store and in selected stores in Finland.