BioLogiQ, Inc., Idaho Falls, Idaho, launched new grades of its plant-based plastic, NuPlastiQ BioPolymers.

Using a proprietary process, BioLogiQ produces NuPlastiQ GP BioPolymers (GP) from natural, renewable resources. GP resins contain 100% USDA-certified, bio-based content, and are ASTM D6400 and EN 13432 certified for compostability. When combined with traditional plastics to produce the new XP, XD and BC grades, the resulting resins are stronger and more durable; reduce fossil fuel-based plastic usage and greenhouse gas generation; and maintain the recyclability, compostability or biodegradability of HDPE, LLDPE, LDPE, PP, TPE EVOH, PLA and PHA polymers.

NuPlastiQ XP High Performance BioPolymers. When GP is combined with traditional packaging plastics such as polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP) and polystyrene (PS), NuPlastiQ XP leads to down-gauging and reductions in the use of fossil fuel-based plastics. Applications include flexible bags and pouches, jugs, handle bags, grocery sacks and trash bags.

NuPlastiQ BC Biodegradable/Compostable. Made by compounded NuPlastiQ GP and other biodegradable or compostable resins such as PHA, PBAT or PLA, NuPlastiQ BC Biodegradable/Compostable BioPolymers are designed to maintain or increase biodegradation levels in industrial compost conditions and meet ASTM D6400 standards. The resulting compounds also provide opportunities for light-weighting and/or cost reduction. Applications include bags and sacks, agricultural films and foodservice products such as cups, lids, utensils, plates and containers.