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Manufacturer receives $188K to develop wood-based bonding agents

Sustainable bonding-agents replace petroleum-based products.


NEWMARKET, Ont. — An Ontario clean technology developer is receiving $188,000 in funding to commercialize wood-based bonding agents from Natural Resources Canada’s Investment in Forest Industry Transformation (IFIT) program.

Natures Affinity, based in Newmarket, Ont., has developed Biobinder, which adds strength and water-resistance to pulp materials to produce packaging that uses a renewable, wood-based product that replaces petroleum-based bonding agents, such as polypropylene and polystyrene.

The company says the products will help packaging producers reduce greenhouse gas emissions while meeting Health Canada’s food packaging regulations and is USDA biopreferred.

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