Vancouver-based Solegear Bioplastics, which designs, produces, and distributes bioplastics and biocomposites, has announced partnerships with the University of British Columbia and Ecole Polytechnique to support the research and development of additional innovations in bioplastics. The partnerships will enable Solegear to work with the chemical and biological engineering departments at these institutions to innovative the bioplastics space.
"Solegear's Polysole and Traverse bioplastic materials are already demonstrating that they can replace and, in some cases, outperform traditional petroleum-based plastics. While we are pleased with this initial success, we remain committed to innovation and to expanding our commercial opportunities," said Solegear CEO, Toby Reid. "By partnering with these leading institutions, we are ensuring that we can access the kind of thinking that will help us to not only stay on the leading edge of our industry, but to continue to move towards tangible, climate-focused solutions that have significant returns for the Canadian economy."
"We are pleased to be working with Solegear to develop bio-based formulations for compostable packaging materials," said École Polytechnique's Dr. Charles Dubois. "École's expertise in formulating and processing bioplastics is in perfect synergy with Solegear's activities in bioplastics engineering and compounding. We look forward to continuing to advance the science behind these innovative materials with Solegear, and to providing the benefits of compostable plastics to a growing audience."
The bioplastics industry grown by an average of nearly 25% per year for the past 5 years, and this growth is expected to continue, according to Technavio's Global Bioplastics Market Report."The bioplastics market is just taking off today, as consumers demand healthier solutions for a more stable future," added Toby. "In 10 years' time, how we make and dispose of products made from plastic will be completely transformed."