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Sobeys, Newmarket-Based Company Plan Pilot Project to Reduce Polystyrene Packaging

"What Eco Guardian put forward really excited us," she said. "It's a fibre-based tray — so, something that is non-plastic — and they were also in a position to be commercially viable."
Someone holding meat in packaging

Nova Scotians could soon see less plastic in the meat aisle thanks to the winner of a nationwide competition held by Sobeys. The grocer awarded Newmarket, Ont., packaging company Eco Guardian $25,000 for its meat packaging product design, which is made from sugar cane and bamboo fibres.

The competition sought an alternative to polystyrene foam, which is being phased out with new federal regulations. “It was really very encouraging [and] motivating for us,” Anil Abrol, Eco Guardian founder and CEO, said of the award. “It validates, basically, what we are doing.”

Bamboo and sugar cane packaging decomposes in 30-60 days in industrial composting facilities, while Styrofoam takes many years to decompose, according to the company.

Full Article: cbc.ca