Natures Affinity produces biodegradable packaging

Toronto, ON-based Natures Affinity Inc. has developed biodegradable packaging that reduces greenhouse gases – and its first commercial product is a biodegradable plant pot for use by commercial greenhouses.

The plant pot is made using the company’s Biobinder, a technology that combines natural chemistry with nanotechnology. Biobinder adds strength and water-resistance to wood pulp materials to produce packaging that uses a renewable, wood-based product that can replace petroleum-based bonding agents such as polypropylene and polystyrene, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Biobinder meets Health Canada’s food packaging regulations and is certified with the USDA’s BioPreferred labeling system at 98% bio-based carbon level, as the main constituent of the binder is a waste product from papermaking.

The product was developed with the support of $C188, 000 in funding from Natural Resources Canada’s Investments in Forest Industry Transformation (IFIT) program. Biobinder is expected to save up to 20% in material and reduce the use of petroleum-based materials.

Natures Affinity Inc. started from the Faculty of Forestry research laboratories at the University of Toronto, ON. It is a nanotech company offering biobased binders that find applications in biopackaging as well as the greenhouse industry, horticulture, hospital disposables and electronic packaging.

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