April 22, 2016— (Vancouver, BC) Just in time for Earth Day, Solegear Bioplastic Technologies Inc. (TSX-V:SGB) is pleased to announce the official launch of its newly branded, plant-based office accessory line, “Good Natured”, and its first B2B partnership with Vancouver-based Mills Office Productivity to distribute the products to business customers in British Columbia.
Solegear’s “Good Natured” office product line, colours and packaging are designed to bring a lighthearted, modern spirit to a sometimes overlooked and traditional category of consumer products. Made from the company’s 85% plant-based Polysole® LV1250 bioplastic – which contains no BPAs, phthalates or other hazardous additives, and has been certified by the USDA BioPreferred® program – the office accessory line includes a paper clip dispenser, pencil/pen holder, self-stacker desk tray, stacking legal desk tray and vertical file holder available in four designer colours: raspberry, frosting, licorice and mojito. The products are injection molded in Canada, at Surrey, B.C.-based Columbia Plastics, a local Solegear manufacturing partner since 2015.
“This is a big step in the evolution of our company’s focus toward developing and distributing finished bioplastic products and packaging,” said Paul Antoniadis, CEO of Solegear. “We’re proud to team with another Vancouver-based success story, Mills Office Productivity, to be able to more effectively reach customers with an innovative plant-based product that is bound to be a conversation starter and source of pride.”
“Being a B Corp, our environmental performance is very important to Mills’ overall values and mission,” said Brad Mills, CEO of Mills Office Productivity. “We are always looking at ways to support local companies that are innovative and trying to make our industry more sustainable. By partnering with Solegear, Mills is able to offer our customers a product that is not only stylish, but a purchase they can feel good about.”
“This is just the tip of the iceberg for Solegear and the innovations it plans to deliver to consumers in the coming years, all designed to lower carbon emissions, reduce reliance on fossil fuels and remove toxicity typically associated with traditional petroleum-based plastics,” added Antoniadis. “We are excited to continue to disrupt and push the market to think differently about what’s possible with bioplastics by reformulating, rebranding and re-launching everyday products for major brands and retailers.”
The full suite of “Good Natured” office organization products is now available online at www.mills.ca.
About Solegear Bioplastic Technologies Inc.
Solegear Bioplastic Technologies Inc. (TSX-V:SGB) is an innovator in the field of next generation bioplastics made from annually renewable plant-based sources. Committed to the principles of Green Chemistry, Solegear is driven by its mission to create healthier, safer and stronger communities by fundamentally changing the way plastics are made.
Solegear’s proprietary bioplastic formulations, Polysole® and Traverse®, are designed to meet today’s social and corporate requirements to lower carbon emissions, reduce waste and remove toxicity typically associated with traditional petroleum-based plastics. Together with its partners, Solegear custom engineers, produces and distributes its high-performance bioplastics as resin, sheets and finished goods with some of the highest percentages of renewable, plant-based materials currently available in the industry.
For more information: www.solegear.ca.
About Mills Office Productivity
Mills is a visionary family owned, B Corp Certified business thriving as one of the largest office supply and printing providers serving BC since 1949. Mills is a leader in social and environmental responsibility and is often the first office supply company to take the steps necessary to reduce its impact on the environment. Mills is committed to reducing its carbon as a signee of the Vancouver Climate Pledge and is a member of various networking groups to promote sustainability, such as Climate Smart, Loco BC and Eco Options. Mills offers its customers a comprehensive range of options to reduce their carbon footprint including: delivery via electric truck, toner and box recycling, delivery via reusable totes and a wide range of environmentally preferred products.