Global plastic pollution poses a multi-dimensional challenge to humanity, often compared to climate change in terms of impact, breadth, and complexity. A challenge of this magnitude will often inspire a surge in potential solutions.

To accelerate the search for solutions, Canada's National Zero Waste Council and Think Beyond PlasticTM collaborated in the Canadian Innovation Showcase to feature Canadian solutions to the plastics challenge. The scope for submissions was broad including products and systems developed by Canadian innovators that were consistent with the resource-efficient, lifecycle management approach to plastics described in the G7 Ocean Plastic Charter.


The top four submissions in the Canadian Innovation Showcase were:  Bioastra Technologies, Pyroware, Soapstand and Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery (SPUD). They were announced at the 2018 Zero Waste Conference held in Vancouver on November 8-9. Congratulations to these innovators who have grasped the challenge and will contribute to a future without waste.