Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)
Bio-Origins receives funding for a three-year (2019-2022) project through `The Partnership’, to develop biofibre based compostable and environmentally responsible packaging containers from Ontario sourced agriculture fibre materials for the horticulture and agriculture sectors. This project was funded by the Canadian Agriculture Partnership, a five-year federal-provincial-territorial initiative.
The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) supports agri-food and agri-products sectors and for competitiveness by driving innovation and addressing key sector priorities. This funding support to Bio-Origins will address the needs and demands from Ontario's edible horticultural and agriculture sector and consumer pull for biodegradable container products for substituting the single use, non-renewable plastics products.
Bio-Origins thank `The Partnership’, for supporting the project that will help to develop and accelerate for commercialization of innovative biodegradable and/or compostable packaging containers. In the project an emphasis will be placed on collaborative partners working together across the value-chain to accelerate the creation and adoption of innovative solutions that address emerging packaging sector challenges and opportunities that will drive competitiveness and sustainability. This project would help Ontario farmers for value added use of their crops (miscanthus and other biomass) and diversification strengthening the agri-food sector.
Ontario Biomass Producers Co-operative Inc. (OBPC)
Ontario Biomass Producers Co-operative Inc. is a group of Ontario farmers exploring the sustainable production and marketing of biomass. This group is open to all Ontario farm operations, from small to large scale that are engaged in the biomass industry. They classify biomass as-An environmentally friendly, carbon neutral, product from purpose grown crops, like Miscanthus, Switchgrass and other tall grasses, as well as other agricultural or wood fibre-based by-products.
Bio-Origins are proud to be associated with OBPC in using their switchgrass and miscanthus grown in Ontario to produce single use packaging for fresh produce vegetables thereby replacing currently used plastic alternatives.
Bio-Origins seeks answers to questions related to solving real world problems and we are always looking for like-minded partners to work with on tackling these challenging issues. When we had an idea on how to make sustainable food packaging and dinnerware out of renewable biomass, we approached Lambton College in Sarnia Canada, a leader in collaborative projects with a focus on the applied side of research. Bio-Origins and Lambton College have developed a new process development project that will directly impact our food packaging production. Bio-Origins will continue to work on innovative ideas for the benefit of our customers as well as the planet.
Wellington Produce Packaging
Wellington Produce Packaging (WPP) are a leading supplier of packaging in Ontario. They have been working with Bio-Origins to find alternatives to plastic products prevalent in the fresh produce sector. Significant progress is being made to this end and we are hoping 2021 will see some game changing products in the sector through this partnership. WPP helps farms to market produce in store, on the farm market, or at the roadside stand. Offering a dynamic range of products and short lead times, they are the one-stop shop for all your packaging needs. They are large enough to meet a variety of packaging needs and small enough to provide exceptional, personable service.