Frequently Asked Questions
What are iQ (NuPlastiQ) BioPolymers?
iQ (NuPlastiQ) is a revolutionary category of plastics that reduce fossil fuel-based plastic use and greenhouse gas emissions while also improving the functional performance of traditional plastics. Using our proprietary (and rather revolutionary) processes, we first produce a 100% natural, renewably sourced, plant based resin. We then combine it with popular plastics to produce a variety of unique, and highly beneficial, iQ (NuPlastiQ) BioPolymers.
How many types of iQ (NuPlastiQ) are there?
There are two types of iQ (NuPlastiQ) BioPolymers: iQ (NuPlastiQ) and iQ (NuPlastiQ) CG. The first is our "everyday" grade that we compound primarily with polyolefin's to produce plastics that reduce fossil fuel-based resin use, greenhouse gas generation, and overall material use. It's made from 100% natural, renewable, plant-based resources such as potatoes, cassava, and corn and is a USDA Certified Biobased Product.
iQ (NuPlastiQ) (Certified Grade) is our TUV OK Certified Industrial Compostability and Marine Biodegradable resin, for use with other biodegradable resins for which the end of life objective is a package or product that can be certified as industrial compostable or marine biodegradable. It passes ASTM 6400 and EN-13432 for industrial compostability and has ben tested according to ASTM D6691 for marine biodegradation. (Note: NuPlastiQ CG is also known as the GP 1000 series.)
Considering Compostable Packaging? Please keep the following points in mind:
Considering Marine Biodegradable Packaging? Please note that:
Do you sell iQ (NuPlastiQ) BioPolymers to Compounders and Converters?
Typically, we prefer to maximize performance and quality by compounding ourselves or under license. We blend NuPlastiQ and NuPlastiQ CG with other resins to produce four distinct grades called BioBlend Resins:
- BioBlend XP High Performance Resins for Packaging (blends with polyolefins)
- BioBlend XD High Durability Resins for Durable Goods (blends with certain polyolefins
and ETPs (Engineering Thermoplastics)
- BioBlend BC Biodegradable/Compostable Resins for Packaging & Industrial Films
- BioBlend MB Marine Biodegradable Resins for Packaging & Foodservice Items
You can review these grades on our Products Overview Page or via our Product Catalog.
How do iQ (NuPlastiQ) BioPolymers compare to similar resins that are made with starch?
In the past, starch was used as a filler, which both reduced functional and environmental performance. This was due to the fact that the starch and plastic were merely mixtures, and not new solutions. The starch produced clumps and domains.
iQ (NuPlastiQ) uses starch to create a new type of amorphous polymer that is then compounded with other resins to produce an entirely new polymer that actually enhances strength. When viewed under a microscope, iQ (NuPlastiQ) produces a homogenous melt, because the starch and plastic have chemically reacted to produce an entirely new polymer.
Are BioBlend XP and XD Resins shelf stable?
Yes. They will only break down in conditions where biodegradation is meant to occur, such as industrial compost piles or marine environments. In fact, we have test data indicating shelf stability for at least 3 years from production.
What products are using iQ (NuPlastiQ) BioPolymers and BioBlend Resins?
While many companies around the globe are commercializing iQ (NuPlastiQ) BioPolymers for packaging and other applications, the most visible products we can talk about can be viewed in the Examples tab in the top and bottom navigation menus.
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NuPlastiQ CG combined with other polymers can meet ASTM D6400 standards and be certified as industrial compostable, as long as the partner resins are also industrial compostable by themselves.
NuPlastiQ CG combined with other polymers can meet ASTM D6400 standards and be certified as home compostable, as long as the partner resins are also home compostable by themselves.
We have test results showing evidence that blending NuPlastiQ with traditional non-biodegradable polyolefins will result in plastic products that biodegrade in compost, landfill, soil, and marine conditions. However, these products will not pass ASTM D6400 Industrial Compost standards and cannot be certified as being compostable due to the fact that (ironically) the plastic products biodegrade without any preliminary fragmentation/disintegration.
While resins which contain NuPlastiQ have been shown to biodegrade in a marine testing environment, full testing of any such BioBlend resin is required before any claims or statements can be made.
There is no ASTM testing protocol currently in place that leads to certification for marine biodegradation. We are working with certain testing agencies to re-establish relevant testing protocols.