Innovating Today for a Better Tomorrow
We set out to create a sustainable 100% plant and mineral based bioplastic with superior capabilities. With the innovation of our EarthMatter™ microfiber technology we were able to do just that, and we didn’t stop there. Our continued research and development efforts allowed us to apply the same technology to virgin and recycled conventional plastics, broadening their applications, increasing their functionality, and helping them move towards higher sustainability.
Biobased products are derived from plants and other renewable agricultural, marine, and forestry materials and provide an alternative to conventional petroleum derived products. Biobased products include bioplastics and can be used to reduce a product’s carbon footprint as well as qualify for incentive programs such as the USDA BioPreferred Program. Products that meet the USDA Biopreferred Program’s requirements can be listed with the U.S. Government’s Mandatory Federal Purchasing program. This list includes items such as packaging (minimum biobased content: 74%), disposable containers (minimum biobased content: 72%), and disposable cutlery (minimum biobased content: 48%).
EarthMatter™ full compounds range from 90% to 100% biobased and can be provided in a custom masterbatch to meet your processing requirements. Our biobased performance and color masterbatches can be used to replaced non biobased additives and raise your biobased content in biopolymers, conventional plastics, and recycled resins.
Reduce Carbon Footprint
The carbon footprint of a product is defined as the total set of greenhouse gas emissions created during the product’s life cycle – expressed as carbon dioxide equivalent. The higher the carbon footprint, the higher the emissions into the atmosphere of gases that cause climate change. In plastic products the carbon footprint must take into account the life cycle of a product, and is referred to as embodied carbon. the carbon footprint of a product can be drastically reduced by using plant based feedstocks in place of petroleum feedstocks, and ensuring products find and end of life compatible with a circular economy. For instance products using biobased plastics such as PLA can use 42% less non-renewable energy for production compared to PET, and can see a 67% reduction in greenhouse gases.
EarthMatter™ compounds and masterbatches, and EarthFiber™ additive packages can provide the performance properties needed to convert many products over to plastics made from renewable feedstocks. Our products can also provide benefits in extending the use of recycled materials as well as boosting the performance of biobased versions of conventional plastics such as bioPET and bioHDPE.
The U.S. Composting Council states that biobased and compostable plastics, also known as bioplastics, hold the potential to reduce dependence on fossil fuels, foster the development of more sustainable products, and increase the diversion of food waste from landfills by helping facilitate the collection of food scraps for composting. Replacing petroleum-based plastics with plastics made from renewable raw materials – such as plants – reduces our dependence on fossil fuels. Replacing petroleum-based plastics with plastics designed to degrade, biodegrade, or compost can provide even more environmental benefits. Bioplastics comprise less than 1% of the plastics in use today, but the plastics industry’s desire to reduce its reliance on fossil fuel, combined with consumers’ increasing demand for environmentally benign disposable products are predicted to spark explosive growth in bioplastics production.
Earth Renewable Technologies had developed select lines of EarthMatter™ compounds and masterbatch and EarthFiber™ microfiber additives with compostability in mind allowing products to meet performance requirements without sacrificing a green end of life story. See our EarthRenew™ and EarthRestore™ product lines.
Collaboration and innovation are at the core of our product development. We created the EarthRestore™ line of EarthMatter™ compounds and masterbatches to extend the functionality of recycled materials and to amplify the performance of recycled resins.
Our mission here at Earth Renewable Technologies is to use our innovative technology to provide a positive impact in the entire value chain. Consumer brands are driving innovation in the supply chain with ambitious sustainable packaging demands while organizations such as the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the Closed Loop Fund, and the Recycling Partnership are working to increase capture rates, expand recycling infrastructure, and further packaging design concepts to promote a circular economy.
EarthRestore™ products offer the sustainable solution to restoring recycled plastic to its highest use. The circular economy relies on system-wide innovation to redefine product standards, reduce waste, and endorse a positive life-cycle of a product.