Based on this well-accepted hierarchy, here's how plastics produced with iQ (NuPlastiQ) BioPolymer can provide better environmental performance than typical plastics such as polythylene (PE), polypropylene (PP), polystyrene (PS), and other plant-based resins such as polylactic acid (PLA):
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed its non-hazardous materials and waste management hierarchy,"in recognition that no single waste management approach is suitable for managing all materials and waste streams in all circumstances. The hierarchy ranks the various
management strategies from most to least environmentally preferred. The hierarchy emphasizes reducing, reusing, and recycling," in that order, as key to both sustainable materials management and Circular Economy thinking.
ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS OF iQ (NuPlastiQ)
(In order of importance, per the EPA Waste Management Hierarchy)
Environmental Benefits of
iQ (NuPlastiQ) BioPolymers
Reduce material use through down-gauging.
Reduce use of plastics made from fossil fuels and other non-renewable resources.
Reduce energy use during production.
Reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) generation during production.
Reduce food waste by using plant scraps, by-products, & processing waste as feedstock.
Reuse agricultural byproducts, reducing food waste.
BioBlend XP Resins can maintain the long term post-industrial recyclability of partner plastics.
iQ (NuPlastiQ) CG (Certified Grade) is compostable by itself in home and industrial facilities.
BioBlend BC Resins can maintain or enhance alloy partners’ compostability in industrial facilities.
Can be converted into energy through any recovery program that accepts plastics.
Grades of BioBlend Resins can biodegrade where microbial conditions exist.
Over time, there should be nothing left in the environment!