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Plastics challenge – Sustainable alternatives to plastic packaging

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Description

Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) is seeking the development of innovative alternative reusable or recyclable products and/or product systems that can replace one or more “challenging” plastic packaging product(s) that contribute to plastic waste and pollution.

Eligible Applicants

Solution proposals can only be submitted by a small business that meets all of the following criteria:

  • for profit
  • incorporated in Canada (federally or provincially)
  • 499 or fewer full-time equivalent (FTE) employees
  • research and development activities that take place in Canada
  • 50% or more of its annual wages, salaries and fees are currently paid to employees and contractors who spend the majority of their time working in Canada
  • 50% or more of its FTE employees have Canada as their ordinary place of work
  • 50% or more of its senior executives (Vice President and above) have Canada as their principal residence

Eligible Expenses

The program will fund projects that proposed solution to replace “challenging” plastic packaging product(s) that contribute to plastic waste and pollution:

  1. Present an innovative product and/or technology that enables the replacement of plastic packaging that contribute to plastic waste and pollution in Canada with a reusable or readily recyclable alternative, as defined below. For example, solutions could eliminate plastic packaging for durable goods including but not limited to molded polystyrene, mixed material packaging, polyurethane foam, bubble wrap, etc.
    • Eligible reuse solutions must enable the replacement of challenging plastics packaging with a reusable alternative. Proposals must clearly detail the business context in which the reuse system would operate. Research by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation concludes that reusable packaging alone is a $10B USD innovation opportunity that can deliver significant user and business benefits. While reuse systems require changes in both business models and consumer behaviour, they can also reduce costs and environmental impacts while delivering a superior user experience.
    • Eligible recyclable solutions must enable the replacement of challenging plastics packaging with an alternative that is readily recyclable in most geographic regions in Canada. For the purposes of this challenge, “readily recyclable” is defined as a product for which it is reasonable to assume that at least 60% of the Canadian population would have access to a collection system that would accept the item. Solutions must clearly detail how the solution meets this definition and its compatibility with existing recycling infrastructure in Canada.
  2. Be informed by science, be evidence-based and consider environmental, social, and economic impacts.
  3. Describe the proposed product and/or technology and how it compares with existing single-use plastics packaging products, explain its applicability in different contexts, and describe the potential benefits and drawbacks throughout the entire life-cycle (i.e. from input, production, use, and waste).

In addition, the proposed solution should:

  1. Provide reusable or readily recyclable solutions for challenging single-use plastic packaging that maintain essential functionality within their context (e.g. convenience, accessibility).

Deadline Date

  Closing date: May 29, 2020 14:00 Eastern Daylight Time

Contact

Contact Name: Government of Canada

E-mail Address: solutions@canada.ca

Website: https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/101.nsf/eng/00087.html

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