Four companies win plastics challenge funding

The federal government has announced the four winners of the latest Canadian Plastics Innovation Challenges. These small and medium-sized Canadian companies will each receive up to $150,000 toward developing solutions to address plastic waste.

The following companies are receiving funding to develop their proof of concept:

Magemi Mining Inc., in Markham, Ontario, is developing a durable recycled paper to serve as a sustainable alternative to plastic packaging like grocery bags.

“There is a unique opportunity for two of Canada’s emblematic industries, mining and forestry, to join forces and leverage the rapid innovation in graphene technologies to bring forward to Canadian households graphene-enhanced paper products, which are biodegradable, recyclable, and extremely durable,” said – Maria Christova, Financial Services Lead, Magemi Mining Inc.

“We are very proud to have this nanotechnology project that creates equal opportunities for cross-industry apprenticeship and research and which will engage Indigenous communities while helping Canada to achieve its vision of a zero-plastic-waste future.”

CACITH Inc. (Tengiva), in Montréal, Quebec, is creating a network of recyclers to quantify textile waste and find new markets for otherwise wasted materials.

“We are proud to be supported by the Canadian government in our mission to develop an innovative digital solution to reduce textile plastic waste. Textile based plastics, such as nylon and polyester represent more than 50 percent of global textile production,” said Annie Cyr, CEO and Co-founder, CACITH Inc. (Tengiva) .

However, due to collection, distribution, and identification complexity, most end up in landfills or are incinerated. “Through our proposed solution, the Recyclers Network, we will connect textile plastic wastes with recycling facilities, providing the recyclers with a stable supply and an alternative to landfills worldwide. Our goal is to position Canada as a leader in the global efforts to reduce plastic waste,” she added.

Met-Tech Inc., in Burlington, Ontario, is developing a low-cost process to recycle more textile waste such as clothing.

“It is with the grateful support of the Innovative Solutions Canada Program that Met-Tech is now able to focus innovative technology on eliminating key roadblocks preventing the recycling of waste textiles and the commercialization of high value-added cellulose and starch-based polymer materials,” said – Norm Rathie, president, Met-Tech Inc.

“If successful, this support will help Canada become a world leader in sustainable, low-carbon-footprint technology while simultaneously contributing to the reduction in materials ending up in landfills and our environment.”

Singular Solutions Inc., in North York, Ontario, is developing a biosustainable additive that will cause plastic textile waste to biodegrade in long-term-composting landfill facilities.

“We are very proud to implement the patent-pending Canadian BioSustainable Additive technology, created with support from NRC-IRAP, into this exciting new project aiming to give new life to synthetic textile waste as topsoil quality compost,” said – Alex Mann, vice-president, Singular Solutions Inc. The project will be executed by a Singular Solutions team, create new employment opportunities, and enable Singular Solutions to grow economically. The project’s success will mean that mixed textiles, as well as post-consumer and medical plastic waste streams from landfills, will be diverted back into a use cycle, bringing us closer to a circular economy and will showcase our commitment to creating a sustainable environment.”

The Canadian Plastics Innovation Challenges are part of the Innovative Solutions Canada program. The challenges target plastics sectors that generate some of the greatest quantities of plastic waste and show the greatest opportunity for impact and innovation. Innovative Solutions Canada has launched fifteen plastics challenges to date, committing nearly $19 million to support Canadian innovators and small and medium-sized businesses.