Canadian Manufacturing

Canada supports innovation for compostable bioplastic

This challenge is aimed at helping small businesses reduce pollution by turning forest-based residue into sustainable plastic materials

April 12, 2021  by CM Staff

Frost & Sullivan – Circular Economy in the Plastics and Composites Industry

QUEBEC CITY — The Government of Canada announced a $1-million investment to BOSK Bioproducts Inc. as part of the second phase of the Bioplastics Challenge. This challenge is aimed at helping small businesses reduce pollution by turning forest-based residue into sustainable plastic materials.

“These investments shine a light on the innovative nature of our local forest sector,” said Joël Lightbound, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, in a prepared statement. “With companies like BOSK Bioproducts Inc., we are reducing plastic pollution and building more sustainable communities. We will continue to empower and support local efforts to meet the challenges of climate change.”

With this funding, BOSK Bioproducts Inc. will focus on the installation of a small-scale production line for proto-typing the formulations of compostable bioplastics made from forest biomass, developed at National Research Council Canada. Additionally, it will allow for product formulation and better compatibility with existing industry manufacturing equipment.

As part of the first phase, BOSK Bioproducts Inc. developed a highly compostable and cost-effective new bioplastic made from paper mill sludge and wood fibre residue that could be used in areas like 3D printing, food packaging, plastic bottles and containers for cosmetics.

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Natural Resources Canada collaborated with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada to implement this challenge as part of the Domestic Plastics Challenge under the federal government’s Innovative Solutions Canada (ISC). ISC is a $100-million program dedicated to supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses in developing innovative and sustainable solutions to complex environmental challenges.