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Kelowna company gets $3.8 million for wheat straw pulp mill

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The federal government has awarded a Kelowna company $3.8 million to commercialize a pulp mill that will use wheat straw as a plastic alternative.

Red Leaf Pulp Ltd, based in Kelowna, will put the funds towards a pulping technology, transforming the agricultural residue with no former end use into high-quality cellulose pulp, which can be used in recyclable consumer products like packaging, moulded cups and plates, tissues and towels, and printing and writing paper, according to a press release from the Government of Canada.

"This environmentally conscious pulping method could be a game changer in the paper industry, in addition to conserving Canada’s forests, which are a vital stabilizing force for the global climate," according to the press release.

Red Leaf Pulp aims to open its first operating plant in Saskatchewan, the first it Canada, in 2024.

“As demand for paper products rises due to the shift away from plastic and polystyrene use, Red Leaf’s technology offers a sustainable alternative to responding to this demand by using a fibre source that does not contribute to deforestation,” according to Red Leaf.

This funding will also assist in co-product commercialization efforts that will potentially allow Red Leaf’s facility to become planet positive.

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