Solegear planning on developing bioplastics in durable markets
VANCOUVER—A B.C.-based bioplastics company is coming closer to bringing renewably sourced plastics into new markets.
Solegear Bioplastics Inc. develops and makes a compostable bioplastic called Polysole.
The company announced this week that it has received positive written opinions on two of its international patent applications for the bioplastic.
The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) notes that the application is potentially “novel and inventive”.
Toby Reid, Solegear founder and CEO, says they’re hoping to develop plant-based plastics in new areas.
“We’re focusing on durable applications, which is an area where bioplastics have traditionally been challenged,” Reid said.
“Applications range from kids’ toys to the medical device industry, such as syringes, to cosmetic cases, electronics, and automotives.”
The durable market is pegged at about a 150-billion a year.
The patent application process could take between six to 12 months.
Solegear is also planning to file several other applications this year.
The company started up in 2007.
It has received support from the University of B.C. and NSERC.