Bosk’s project constitutes a radical innovation by the fact that it offers a fully compostable bioplastic at a competitive cost. Unlike other bioplastic on the market, it do not contain or use any GMOs, is non-toxic and is made from renewable untapped by-products of the forest industry. By working with Bosk you can achieve a 0-waste solution.
A SUSTAINABLE SOLUTION
Bosk produces bioplastic based on its proprietary PHA which is completely compostable, non-GMO and non-toxic. To produce our PHA, we use by-products of the forest industry that are not used in the value chain and doesn't compete with food sources. This highly compostable PHA is then mixed with ingredients that are meticulously chosen to make sure that at the end of its useful life, this biopplastic breaks down quickly into beneficial elements to the environment. Bosk’s bioplastics are developed to meet the most stringent requirements in terms of standards for composting.
AS EFFICIENT AS CONVENTIONAL PLASTIC
These bioplastics can be used for finished products from standard processes like injection, thermoforming, extrusion and blow molding and requires no additional equipment for the manufacturer.
The finished product has the same desired properties, whether it's flexibility, impact resistance or other properties.
And no need to worry about product durability. Thanks to a clever blend of ingredients, it can meet consumer demands while ensuring compostability. Biodegredation begins only when the object is in contact with the natural bacteria living in the soil or in the aquatic environment. The time required for degradation can be as short as a few weeks up to a few months, depending on the thickness of the finished product.
WE ONLY USE NON-TOXIC INGREDIENTS, FDA APPROVAL PENDING
All the ingredients we use are already FDA approved and our team is working towards obtaining FDA approval for our bioplastics. The time required for approval will depend on the adjustments to be made to the bioplastic to meet the characteristics and needs as defined more precisely.
PHA is one of the rare bioplastics with good heat resistance. Bioplastics developed by Bosk have already shown good resistance to heat. Once we have better defined the standards to reach, Bosk's bioplastics could be optimized to achieve all the criteria specific to the intended application. One of the strengths of Bosk is that we have integrated a team specialized in the development of bioplastic and natural fiber, which allow among others a better resistance to heat, while remaining highly compostable.
A COMMERCIALLY VIABLE SOLUTION
PHA is known as the most compostable bioplastic, but it is also among the most expensive. Bosk has managed to achieve competitive production costs through an innovative production process that uses untapped resources from key-players in the value chain, both raw material supply and finished product manufacturing. This business model also makes it possible to reach the targeted markets more quickly by integrating an efficient value chain.
HOW IT’S DONE
- We use untapped by-products from the forest industry to produce our high quality PHA
- The sales team surveys the market with end users to better define the needs and characteristics to achieve
- The R & D team develops the bioplastic based on this PHA, and adds a clever blend of ingredients to obtain the desired characteristic properties
- The production team develops the product according to the needs of the end users
- Goods manufacturing and distribution is ensured through partnerships with companies that share our values, have untapped production capacity and / or want to access a new market
MANY OPTIONS ARE POSSIBLE
The various grades of Bosk bioplastic can work with different manufacturing technologies and several options are available for the manufacture of fully compostable cups. For example, we can produce a completely compostable coating on fiber cups or we can produce thermoformed bioplastic cups.
NEXT STEPS TO ACHIEVE THIS PROJECT
- Define more precisely the needs and the desired characteristic properties (because we are consumer centric, we do not only reproduce the performance of the actual fiber cup with a better recoverability, we will try to improve its properties to better meet the needs of the market).
- Finalize the evaluation of the production costs according to different methods (coating of a fiber cup, thermoformed cup, injection, etc.)
- Finalize budget planning and project financing
- Confirm the choice of the manufacturer(s)
- If necessary, optimize the composition of the bioplastic
- Perform a test of the material on the equipment of the selected manufacturer(s)
- Produce prototypes
- Run a test on a defined market