Conversation with the CEO
Our story of innovation began with the identification that sugarcane-based agro-waste materials could provide a more sustainable base for paper and packaging products. Thus, cultivating a second-life culture for agricultural waste.
We exist to raise the standards of sustainable paper and packaging solutions. To this end we help companies make sustainability an integral part of their brand’s identity.
Whilst the majority of paper manufacturers plant trees to replace those cut down, we don’t need to. envoPAP products are all tree free, offsetting huge amounts of air and land pollution.
What is envoPAP?
envoPAP exists to raise the standard of sustainable paper and packaging products. We design and produce sustainable packaging made from the waste product of sugar cane production for some of Europe’s most forward-thinking companies.
Why should brands work with envoPAP?
We are proud to provide a truly end-to-end service. This means that we design, produce and deliver packaging solutions to reflect our customers and their needs on a personal level. envoPAP is FDA certified and innovates from non-plastic sources, replacing unsustainable packaging and co-developing bespoke solutions.
What is the story behind the business?
Born in Pune, India, I quickly became aware of the opportunities presented by sugarcane. “Sugarcane is the holy crop in India - it generates wealth for the farmers, is less labour intensive but has a high yield - it’s a booming business.” However, vast amounts of the by-product of sugarcane production are burnt, which despite generating electricity, also causes dense smog in the cities making it a health hazard.
In 2015 I moved to the UK to study Business at Southampton University. Harnessing my family’s experience in paper production I set about testing waste products as a base for packaging production, focussing on bagasse. This new product stood up to quality tests and so I went on to launch envoPAP whilst still at University.
Since then, envoPAP has grown and is now based in London, maintaining our original mission to raise the standard of sustainable packaging
I believe that everything made with fossil-based or tree-based materials today can be made from waste materials tomorrow.
What difference does using sugarcane based products have on the environment?
We use waste that would otherwise be burned, creating harmful air pollution. We are certified by Intertek Group PLC as biodegradable, compostable and recyclable and are official partners of Cool Earth, an initiative to halt deforestation to ensure the end of life of our products.
Finally, we do right by our people too. Our supply chain is fully traceable, working with cooperatives of farmers in India.
Is envoPAP more expensive than others in the market?
We remain convinced that other packaging suppliers aren’t fully exploring the potential available through utilising waste materials. However, notably we remain cost competitive. Companies working with us also get the added added value that as of day 1 our collaboration reduces your carbon footprint.
Does envoPAP own its supply chain?
I come from a family of packaging producers in India, where our supply chain is fully traceable, working with cooperatives of farmers in India.