German automaker Daimler AG, Mercedes parent company, today announced its planning a pilot to test the Israeli eco-plastic innovation, alternatives for auto parts.
The company UBQ Materials from Kibbutz Ze’elim has developed an innovative and efficient recycling process that transforms household waste into new plastic-like material.
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In the production process, waste is reduced to its most basic natural components at an almost molecular level such as lignin, cellulose, sugar, and fiber.
These particles connect together to the new raw material. It is a decomposition of a diverse bulk containing all the components of household waste – food scraps, paper, and cardboard, unsorted plastics, dirty diapers, used yogurt cartons and other waste types, some of which cannot be recycled in other ways. The plant’s production volume now reaches 5,000 tonnes per year.
The Daimler Corporation is one of the world’s largest car manufacturers and the leader in truck production, with annual sales of € 167 billion. The corporation includes Mercedes-Benz, Smart, and other truck brands and luxury vehicles. The implementation of the innovative pilot is done as part of the company’s moves to environmentally friendly raw materials in the production process and reduce its carbon footprint.
According to Tato Bigio, CEO, and co-founder of UBQ, the agreement marks the first time the company’s products will be tested for use in the global automotive industry, which has huge growth potential.
UBQ’s raw material is already used today to manufacture a wide range of products including pipes, garbage bins, shopping carts and more. The company recently signed an agreement to integrate the products into the McDonald’s network in South and Central America. The use of the raw material produced by the company’s technology has a huge environmental impact thanks to the reduction of the emission of harmful gases. UBQ’s technology makes it possible to take the household waste that we all produce and make it an environmentally friendly material that can be used as a replacement for plastic.