A Quebec-based company brings a new solution to slow down the accumulation of plastics in the world.
Montreal, August 9, 2017 - Bosk Bioproducts, a Quebec-based private company, wants to introduce products made exclusively from a new generation of eco-friendly plastic: truly compostable, nontoxic, GMO-free and made from renewable untapped by-products of the paper industry.
The stakes of the plastic industry
According to a 2016 joint study by the Nova Institute and European Bioplastics, 320 million tons of plastic are produced each year. These petroleum-based plastic objects, even if they are recycled, usually end up buried in landfills and degrade so slowly that they accumulate and are found all over the environment. In the last years, innovations in the plastics industry have mainly targeted two objectives: to make us independent from petroleum (bioplastics biosourced) and to slow down the growth of plastic waste generated (recycling). Unfortunately, these innovations can not eradicate the problem of accumulation of plastic waste or ensure the future of our upcoming generations.
Composting, the sustainable solution
As we speak, the sustainable solution that avoids the accumulation of plastics is composting, a process in which compostable plastics are transformed into basic elements that have become available and beneficial for the environment. But under what conditions? Make sure that these so-called compostable plastics are actually compostable, that they meet specific standards for industrial composting sites, or better, that they are compostable in your compost bin at home. This is the solution proposed by BOSK. We believe that to reduce the accumulation of plastic waste, the sustainable solution is to produce compostable plastic that meets recognized compostability standards.
Bosk bioproducts offers a new generation of plastic
For more than 10 years, researchers at the INRS in Québec have been developing a biotechnology to produce a 100% natural molecule : PHA (polyhydroxy alkanoate), a biopolymer that can be substituted for conventional plastic.
Bosk's "bioplastic" is based on its PHA that is 100% compostable can finally meet the most stringent requirements in terms of standards for composting. At the end of life, this bioplastic can be thrown into the composting that is done at home, with the residues of gardening and cooking.
Compostable, but also durable
No worries about its durability. PHA adds a clever blend of ingredients to meet consumer demands while ensuring its compostability at home or at industrial sites. Degradation begins only when the object is in contact with the natural bacterias living in the soil and the time required for degradation can be as low as a few weeks to a few months.
Designed to reduce our impact on the environment
Moreover, in order to preserve the most natural product possible and reduce its impact on the environment, this new generation of plastic does not originate from GMOs nor contains toxic additives such as BPA and PVC. The production of this bioplastic makes it possible to reduce the carbon footprint compared to the production of conventional plastic. And the icing on the cake: the raw material of this plastic is an untapped by-product of the pulp and paper industry. Bosk makes no compromises. Both the product and the production process are developed to reduce our impact on the environment.
Life cycle of Bosk’s compostable plastic finished products
Bosk’s PHA is not for sale
Bosk bioproducts does not sell PHA, but rather finished plastic products based on this PHA. Bosk is identifying the needs of the market and potential customers. The goal is to create plastic products that truly meet our needs ... and that is compostable! In short terms, Bosk Bioproducts wants to create products that contribute both to our daily well-being and to the well-being of our upcoming generations.
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