26 August 2016

Solegear Awarded U.S. Patent for High Performance Bioplastics

Patent recognizes one of the company’s unique technology platforms for bio-based durable goods and packaging applications

Solegear Bioplastic Technologies Inc. (TSX-V:SGB) (“Solegear” or the “Company”) announced today it has been granted US Patent 9,416,255 titled “Compositions Comprising Polylactic Acid, Bentonite, and Gum Arabic”. The patent broadly covers the synthesis of bio-based additives along with polylactic acid (“PLA”) to deliver a number of key performance characteristics required for rigid packaging and durable goods applications.

This proprietary technology enables Solegear to reformulate everyday products and packaging using plant-based materials that deliver equal or better performance than traditional petroleum-based plastics. While others have achieved this by creating composite materials that may include a certain percentage of plant-based material, Solegear’s commitment to Green Chemistry adds additional rigor to ensure no additives that have been identified as potentially hazardous to human health or the environment are used to meet performance, processing or price requirements.

“Our product development team is focused on developing bio-based materials that can truly replicate what has traditionally only been possible with petroleum-based plastics and additives,” said Michel Labonté, CTO of Solegear. “This patent highlights our team’s long-term commitment to creating innovative, breakthrough materials that use the maximum possible bio-based content and no chemicals of concern.”

Paul Antoniadis, Solegear’s CEO, further added: “This is a very important milestone that clearly demonstrates Solegear is doing something different. What’s really exciting for our team is that we go beyond the materials to create real-world products and packaging. They get to see these inventions come to life on retail shelves and know that we are truly making a difference.”

Technology from Patent 9,416,255 was used in the development of Solegear’s good naturedTM brand of home and office organization products. Independently verified by the USDA BioPreferred® program, good naturedTM products contain an industry-leading 85% plant-based material and no BPAs, phthalates or other potentially harmful additives.

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.

Source: Solegear, press release, 2016-08-18.

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