Environmental impact

The Pillars of UBQ Sustainability

Tackle The Waste Problem

UBQ uses unsorted household waste as feedstock, including waste that is otherwise nearly impossible to recycle. This includes food waste that is not composted and mixed plastics that are too contaminated to recycle. If it weren't converted into UBQ™, all of this waste would be thrown in a landfill or incinerated.


Prevent greenhouse Gas Emissions

By diverting waste from landfills or incineration, UBQ prevents GHGs from being released to the atmosphere, helping mitigate climate change. Organic materials that decompose in landfill are the third largest human source of methane, a greenhouse gas more than 80 times more potent than carbon dioxide. As a substitute to oil-based plastic, UBQ™ prevents methane related to drilling for oil and the carbon dioxide released when oil is turned into plastic or incinerated.


Reduce Reliance on Fossil Fuels

UBQ™ replaces plastics made from petroleum, keeping fossil fuels in the ground where they belong. By using previously discarded materials as its sole feedstock, UBQ is supporting a circular economy and preserving finite natural resources for future generations.


The impact of 1 ton of UBQ™​

Comparing UBQ™
to Conventional Polymers

A climate-positive footprint

For every ton of UBQ™ produced, up to 11.7 tons pf co2eq are prevented. Conventional polymers all carry varying degrees of carbon footprint that negatively impact the environment

Low Energy Required

Producing UBQ™ is a low energy conversion process, using only a fraction of the energy required to produce conventional plastics. See the significant difference illustrated below:

Looking at one UBQ Facility

Annual waste diversion capacity of UBQ Netherlands

A truly sustainable plastic substitute

Download the full life cycle assessment