Israel’s UBQ Materials has partnered with Mexican plastic polymer producer, Resirene, to create a sustainable, UBQ-infused polystyrene material, the company announced on Wednesday.
The collaboration is set to incorporate UBQ into polystyrene to offset carbon emissions.
UBQ Materials converts unsorted household and municipal landfill-destined waste into UBQ, a climate-positive, cost-competitive replacement for plastic. UBQ is a bio-based drop-in material that can be incorporated into standard manufacturing processes without additional machinery or materials. The production of UBQ decreases the landfilling of waste, preventing methane emissions and curtailing the leakage of toxic substances into the soil.
UBQ’s customers include global retail solutions provider Mainetti, Daimler, the manufacturer of Mercedes-Benz, and Arcos Dorados, and the world’s largest franchisee of McDonald’s restaurants across Latin America, among others.
Resirene, a large polymers producer, serves numerous market segments, including polymer applications for food and beverage, healthcare and medical products, electronics, construction, and advertising, among others. The company has made significant R&D and production investments as it foresees increased demand for sustainable products. UBQ will be used in higher-value items ranging from multi-use razor handles to signage.
“We have reached a new level in terms of reducing our product’s environmental impact with UBQ™ inside, thereby allowing our customers to jointly achieve sustainable loans, enabling the polystyrene industry to strive as a whole towards circular economies,” said Sergio Paredes Castañeda, CEO of Resirene.
“This partnership with Resirene allows us to incorporate our climate-positive thermoplastic into various products, offsetting emissions and offering a viable end-of-life solution for waste,” said Albert Douer, chairman and co-CEO of UBQ Materials