Updated Mar 16, 2020

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UBQ Materials uses an advanced conversion technology to transform household waste into a sustainable, recyclable, bio-based material that can replace conventional plastics in the manufacturing of everyday products.

UBQ's raw material is household residual municipal solid waste (MSW) that has been diverted to our factory from an unmanaged landfill. The waste-to-UBQ conversion process is about as energy intensive as recycling plastic but our process is zero waste & requires no added chemicals or water. UBQ feedstock is made from 100% MSW that has been shredded & dried; we support conventional re...
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UBQ's raw material is household residual municipal solid waste (MSW) that has been diverted to our factory from an unmanaged landfill. The waste-to-UBQ conversion process is about as energy intensive as recycling plastic but our process is zero waste & requires no added chemicals or water. UBQ feedstock is made from 100% MSW that has been shredded & dried; we support conventional recycling by removing metal, glass & certain plastics capable of being recycled. During the UBQ conversion process organic trash (e.g., food & garden waste), which comprises 70-80% of UBQ’s feedstock, is broken down to its particulate constructs—lignin, cellulose, fibers, & sugars—& then reassembled & bound together into a matrix. The mixed plastics that constitute the remaining 20-30% melt & bond into this matrix to create a novel composite bio-based thermoplastic. Like any virgin or recycled polymer, UBQ can be compounded with additives commonly used in the industry to address product specifications. Working seamlessly with today’s current manufacturing processes, UBQ can be used as a substitute for oil-derived plastics without additional adaptation costs. From injection to compression molding through to extrusion and 3D printing, UBQ material has been proven to be compatible with PP, PE, PLA, & PVC.
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Stage 5: Scaling

UBQ introduced its material to the market in 2018, after 7 years of R&D. We recently signed our first contracts for the supply of the material to plastic manufacturers, and we are also currently validating the material for new applications.

Focus Areas:

Waste Management, Climate Change and Resilience and Supply Chains

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Implemented In:

Israel and United States

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Key Partners
2
Countries Implemented In
20
Customers
34
Employees
$30,000,000
Funds Raised to Date

Problem

Society generates over 2 billion tons of waste a year, most of which ends up in unmanaged landfills. BC methane emissions from decaying organics accelerate climate change in the ST, unmanaged waste has a disproportionate impact on the world's most vulnerable populations. The problem of plastic waste in trash, which negatively impacts life on both land & sea, is only growing (as is the demand for virgin plastics) in the wake of bans on the international sale of plastic waste for recycling.

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Solution

UBQ Materials has developed a process to transform unsorted household waste–everything from chicken bones to dirty diapers, mixed-plastics & oily cardboard–into an alternative that can be used in place of virgin plastics to produce everyday goods, from car parts to building materials. UBQ material can be recycled again & again via our conversion tech or conventional recycling systems. Because trash is our only raw material, UBQ's tech solution can close the loop on the cycle of waste.

Target Beneficiaries

UBQ is short for ubiquitous, a word to describe both the problems we are solving (waste & its GWP) & the diversity of UBQ's potential end-use applications. UBQ is the most climate positive thermoplastic @ -11.7tCO2eq/t UBQ; a ton of UBQ diverts 1.4t of methane-emitting MSW from landfills. UBQ's technology serves people & the planet by mitigating global GHG emissions. In the long term it will be a solution for communities most @ risk to climate change w/out closed-loop waste management systems.

Mission and Vision

Mission: Transform the world’s waste into a sustainable resource. Vision: A world where waste is no longer wasted.

Competitive Advantage

UBQ diverts waste from landfills bringing to the market a technologically viable, economically competitive & highly recyclable new material that can replace conventional oil based plastics. At a time when waste is unstoppable and plastic demand is only growing, our competitively priced plastic alternative is a welcome option by manufacturers & brands looking to accelerate the transition to a sustainable tomorrow while meeting growing sustainability demands of consumers & policymakers today. According to Quantis, it is the most climate positive thermoplastic on the market today. Because of UBQ's climate positivity, when replacing conventional polymers in the manufacture of products, it effectively reduces their carbon footprint. Unlike existing oil-derived plastics, UBQ can be recycled many times without losing its physical properties. See the Innovation Description above for additional info about what sets our innovation apart and how it is better than other existing innovations.

Planned Goals and Milestones

We are currently preparing the master plan for the set up of our first large scale facility in Virginia, USA. This will be an upscale from our current low scale facility of 5,000 TPY (tons per year) to a 50,000 TPY facility. We aim to finalize site selection, detailed design planning and plant commissioning in 2020, in order to start production by Q2 2021.
Funding Goal50,000,000
Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted800
New Implemented CountriesBrazil, China, Australia, United States, India, Thailand
RecruitThe expected HQ personnel of the project is 14 (executive management, marketing, sales and finance departments). The expected operational personnel of the project is 127 (production 24/7, technical support, maintenance , shipping & logistics, QA & QC). They will operate starting the commissioning phase.
New FeatureWe envision a stage in which waste processed through the UBQ conversion process will be used to make building materials for social housing. We are actively researching the requirements and are in contact with organizations promoting self-sustaining housing in developing countries. We have performed feasibility tests of a brick made 100% of UBQ material and the results are encouraging.

The Team Behind the Innovation

UBQ Materials was founded by entrepreneurs Tato Bigio and Yehuda Pearl. UBQ's team is small yet highly diverse: 3 religions, 45% women, and several different languages and ethnicities. Three of UBQ's VPs (marketing, sustainability and sales) are female. UBQ's main facility is located in Israel's periphery, and 41% of our team are Bedouin Arabs, an underrepresented population in Israeli society. As a B-Corporation, we strive to implement principles of equality throughout our team.

EXECUTIVE TEAM INCLUDES WOMEN

Milestone

Mar 2020
Recognition ReceivedPENDING
ORGANIZATIONFast Company
Jan 2020
Key Partnership
ORGANIZATIONDaimler
Dec 2019
Key Partnership
ORGANIZATIONArcos Dorados
Aug 2018
Recognition ReceivedPENDING
ORGANIZATIONB Corporation
Dec 2017
New Country Implemented In
Israel
Jul 2017
Created

Supporting Materials

Additional-Information-UBQ-Materials-orientation-null.pdf