Our Technology

BiologiQ has invented a process for making homogeneous polymer blends that combine low crystallinity NuPlastiQ  BioPolymer
with high crystallinity legacy plastics.

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  • In the world of plants, there are similar carbon, hydrogen
    and oxygen-based structures that we all know as
    carbohydrates.These are the basic building blocks of
    all living organisms and are readily available in starch
    obtained from potatoes, cassava, corn and similar plants.

Here's a simplified description of how we do what we do:

 

  • Known as hydrocarbons, fossil fuels can be turned into plastics by polymerizing chains of hydrogen, carbon, oxygen, and other molecules. The bonds between these molecules are very strong, which is what gives plastics their strength, and also provides energy for use as fuel when the bonds are broken during combustion.

  • Using the same elements and molecular properties found in fossil fuels, the EcologiQ Production Process transforms the carbohydrates from plants into a polymer we call NuPlastiQ, that readily combines with, and enhances, hydrocarbon-based polymers. (Diagram below. Click on it to enlarge.)

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  • Our proprietary Eco-Alloy Reaction Extrusion Process then combines plant-based NuPlastiQ BioPolymer with everyday plastics such as polyethylene and polypropylene, or bioplastics such as PBAT, PLA, or PHA to produce a family of polymer BioBlends:  BioBlend XP, XD, and BC. Each family has enhanced physical and environmental performance characteristics versus traditional plastics:

  1. For packaging applications, BioBlend XP High-Performance BioPolymers are stronger, more durable, and give products a softer feel than PE, PP, or PS alone. They also reduce material usage, the usage of fossil fuel-based resins, and the generation of greenhouse gas (GHG) generation associated with plastics production by as much as 50%.                                                                              

  2. For durable goods, BioBlend XD High Durability Resins have been compounded with PP, PE, or PS, or other engineering resins. Plastics made with XD maintain or improve the physical properties, durability, and strength of the resins with which it's dry-blended. BioBlend XD also enables fossil-based material reductions and accelerates biodegradation based on our internal testing. Moreover, BioBlend XD can also reduce greenhouse gas generation by up to 50%.                                                  ​​

  3. For compostable packaging and films, BioBlend BC Biodegradable/Compostable Resins are compounded with other biodegradable resins such as PHA, PBAT, or PLA. They result in plastic products that are designed to biodegrade in Industrial and Home Compost conditions and to meet ASTM D6400 and EN-13432 certification standards.  While common starch is limited in its uses, BioBlend BC 27150, for example, made from NuPlastiQ blended with PBAT, can then be dry blended with PLA and calcium carbonate masterbatches, per the application’s requirements, significantly expanding customer’s application options and possibly reducing costs significantly.                                                                                                   

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*Sources: U.S. EPA, Starch Europe, BioLogiQ in-house production cost data and lifecycle analysis

**Recycled or recovered HDPE, including marine & ocean debris