Tom Nathanson, president and CEO of Mississippi-based Summit Plastics, has announced that the company is using BioLogiQ Inc.’s line of BioBlend XP and XD resins to produce a variety of more sustainable, polyethylene- (PE-) based products, such as trash can liners, courier bags, shrink film for boats, retail bags, industrial films and single wound sheeting.
These blended resins start with BioLogiQ’s NuPlastiQ BioPolymer, which is made from natural, renewable resources such as plants, and contains 100 percent USDA (United States Department) Certified Biobased content. When NuPlastiQ is combined with traditional polyolefins, the resulting BioBlend XP and XD resins reduce fossil fuel-based plastic usage and greenhouse gas generation, Summit Plastics says. XP resins are used primarily to produce PE-based films, while XD resins are used primarily to produce high-density-PE-based injection and blow molded parts and packaging.
“We are very impressed with the reduction of fossil fuel-based resins and greenhouse gas generation that occurs when NuPlastiQ is added to traditional LLDPE (linear low-density polyethylene) and LDPE (low-density polyethylene),” Nathanson says. “We’ve also seen instances where the NuPlastiQ actually strengthens the polyethylene, allowing us to downgauge and thus use even less total plastic in our films and finished products. We’ve also had no problem recycling the BioBLend XP scrap and regrind that are part of our normal operating procedures.”
Dale Brockman, vice president of sales for BioLogiQ, states, “We are extremely impressed with Summit’s overall business capabilities, rapid growth, customer commitment and focus on enhanced sustainability. This is an ideal relationship for both of us, and we’re very proud to include Summit as a first-tier customer.”