Quebec bioplastics firm gets million dollar boost

Quebec City-based BOSK Bioproducts Inc. is getting a million dollar contribution from the federal government.

It will be used to help the company increase its production capacity by establishing a manufacturing unit for compostable bioplastics. The assistance provided will focus on the cost of acquiring equipment and installing, testing, and commissioning this unit.

The repayable contribution is from the Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED) under the Jobs and Growth Fund (JGF) program.

BOSK Bioproducts is an SME based that collects industrial waste, such as bio-sludge from paper manufacturing, and converts it into compostable bioplastics. Its new manufacturing unit will enable it to improve its production capacity by securing its supply chain.

The business will thus be able itself to produce polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA), a key component of REGEN, a bio-based bioplastic it has developed. Through this 100 percent compostable solution, BOSK aims to significantly reduce plastic waste in the environment.

PHA materials can substitute petroleum plastics for many applications that often by design or improper waste management end up in the environment. Biodegradation of PHA materials in all environments (compost, soil, water) is comparable to or faster than cellulose (i.e. paper).

​PHA materials can partly substitute any of the traditional fossil-based polymer families. Depending on type and grade, PHA materials can be used for injection molding, extrusion, thermoforming, 3D printing, etc. Also, their use in medical applications like sutures and wound closures is already commercial, since the material is bioresorbable.

“We are profoundly grateful to CED for its generous support. This loan is not just a financial boost; it is a sign of confidence in our mission,” said Paul Boudreault, president of BOSK Bioproducts.

“Plastic pollution is one of the most pressing environmental challenges of our time. Every day, we throw the equivalent of 2,000 trucks of waste into our oceans, and plastic packaging represents most of the world’s production.

Our commitment at BOSK Bioproducts is to be part of the solution. As a proudly Quebec-based business, we want to make a positive contribution to the local economy, and this grant enables us to accelerate our production of compostable bioplastics, marking a major step in our path towards sustainable development. We are more than a business; we are a community of innovators animated by a vision of a cleaner, greener future for Quebec and the world.”