Reducing single-use plastics is of critical importance to all of us as global citizens. By supporting the research of Queens University’s Open Plastic initiative, The Star Group is helping leading scientists transform plastic waste into high-value, reusable materials.
The Open Plastic initiative, which includes five distinct research streams, dozens of academics and several industry partners, has the stated goal of reaching zero plastic waste in Canada by 2030.
The initiative is focussed on using microbes and enzymes to “valorize” used plastics – that is, to turn waste plastic into high-value material for reuse, thereby providing a meaningful economic incentive for reuse that is lacking in legacy recycling systems.
At The Star Group, we believe this line of research is perhaps the most viable path to the wide-scale reduction of single-use plastics, which is why we are serving not only as an industry/financial partner, but have also committed senior Star Group team members to actively participate in the project.
We are proud to support leading Canadian academics as they work to find a solution to plastic waste!