Grant will help develop bioplastics

Quebec City-based BOSK Bioproducts Inc. is in line for a $1 million federal investment under the second phase of the Bioplastics Challenge.

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

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 the 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 for 3D printing, food packaging, plastic bottles and containers for cosmetics.

Collaboration

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. The government may then act as a first customer, helping these small businesses to commercialize their innovations, scaling up their business and creating good jobs for Canadians.

“Canada’s forests offer us so much, and we’ve become leaders in finding new ways to use this rich resource,” said Seamus O’Regan, minister of natural resources.

“Bioplastics made from forest biomass are compostable. They can reduce plastic waste in our landfills. They can be used in 3D printing and food packaging. It’s good for the environment, and it’s good for jobs.”