BOSK Bioproducts launches a new line of bioplastics
by CM Staff
Based on the circular economy model, REGEN(TM) hopes to help reduce petrochemical plastic waste.
QUEBEC CITY — On June 23, BOSK Bioproducts announced that they were launching REGENTM, a compostable bioplastic made entirely from biobased and non-toxic ingredients. In addition to its eco-responsible properties, the bioplastic made by BOSK, offered in pellets form to manufacturers of plastic products, can be used to make items such as caps, jars for cosmetic products, 3D printing filaments or children’s tableware. Based on the circular economy model, REGENTM hopes to help reduce petrochemical plastic waste.
“With REGENTM, BOSK brings a simple solution to the manufacturing industry which is at a crossroads following the recent addition of manufactured plastic products to the list of toxic substances of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act. REGENTM is a bio-based material, which does not contain toxic chemical additives or petroleum. It can substitute petrochemical plastics to reduce their accumulation at the source and is a complementary solution to the recycling of existing plastics,” estimates Laurence Boudreault, General Manager of BOSK Bioproducts.
BOSK has also developed a technology that transforms untapped by-products of the paper industry into PHA (polyhydroxyalkanoates), the key ingredient in REGEN(TM).
The next step for the company will be to gradually increase the production capacity of REGEN(TM) as well as PHA to meet demand in a market that expects a strong growth of 8% per year according to Nova Institute.
“The production line will allow us to grow our customer base. This first milestone will be followed by a gradual increase of our production capacity to reach 20,000 tonnes of REGEN(TM) bioplastic within 3-5 years. Then, we want to build other bioplastics plant directly on paper mills elsewhere in Quebec, in Canada and beyond our borders,” indicates Paul Boudreault, President of BOSK Bioproducts.
BOSK can now offer its compostable bioplastics due to the financial support of Natural Resources Canada, the ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs, and Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED), which totalled $2 million dollars and was announced on April 9.