Partnership ramps up plant-based packaging

By Jenni Spinner

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Solegear Bioplastics is partnering with r-pac International to produce and distribute bio-based plastic packaging.
Solegear Bioplastics is partnering with r-pac International to produce and distribute bio-based plastic packaging.

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Solegear Bioplastics has sealed a deal with r-pac International to speed production, sales, and distribution of its plant-based plastic packaging.

Solegear produces Polysole and Traverse bio-based packaging materials. Polysole consists of a polyactic acid (PLA) base polymer blended with natural additives, whereas Traverse is a biocomposite of biomass fibers and conventional plastics.

r-pac manufacturers rigid packaging for food, beverage, and other markets. Michael Teitelbaum, r-pac CEO, told FoodProductionDaily Solegear’s plant-based materials and r-pac's packaging capabilities are a good fit.

Solegear’s plant-based plastic packaging executes seamlessly with r-pac’s rigid plastic manufacturing capabilities​,” he said. “When it comes to creating solutions for our customers, the stakes are always very high and the challenges are compelling, so we choose our partners very carefully​.”

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Toby Reid, CEO of Solegear, said joining forces with r-pac will enable the materials firm to reach a broader base of food and beverage customers, and others.

This agreement sets the stage to further broaden Solegear’s vision: providing a better performing and more sustainable alternative for rigid packaging solutions on a global basis​,” he said.

Solegear developed its bioplastic materials for rigid consumer packaging through collaboration with a number of Canadian research outfits, such as the National Research Council of Canada. The agreement holds the two firms will work together to sell and market the packaging products; r-pac will start offering Polysole and Traverse packaging immediately.
It has been a pleasure developing our relationship with r-pac​," Reid said. "Their expertise in packaging design, production, sales and retail support is first-rate​."
The terms of the agreement between Solegear and r-pac were not disclosed.

r-pac produces consumer packaging for Target, Walmart, and other international brands. Solegear is a Canada-based material development firm specializing in bioplastics for packaging, electronics, toys, and other consumer applications.

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