On July 23rd, it was announced by the Government of Canada that $28.8 million is being invested into a leading North American fibre innovator, Domtar Inc. They are currently working on a project that may help to make single-use plastics obsolete in Canada. So that by the time that the Canada single-use plastic ban comes into effect, this material can be the new alternative.

It is called Stealth Fibre Technology, which will essentially a heavy-duty paper product that will be able to withstand wear and tear. It is set to replace plastics that are used for medical packaging as well as food wrapping.

The list of uses for this product is expected to expand as more development takes place. This upgrade will cost a total of $57.5 million in new equipment and processing.

The company expects that this will reduce 48,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions annually from their production plant alone. That is the equivalent of removing 16,000 cars from the road in a year. Air quality and noise pollution in Espanola, Ontario - the town where the paper mill is located - is therefore also set to be improved with the anticipated upgrades. 

Last month, Justin Trudeau announced that single-use plastics could be banned as early as 2021. With the help of this new technology, it seems as though this idea is becoming feasible. 

According to Environment and Climate Change Canada, about 8 million tonnes of plastic waste enter our oceans each year. It is estimated that only 11% of plastics get recycled in Canada each year. The global rate is even lower, at 9%. 




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