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Every kilogram of its Imperium Filler additive reportedly removes 3 kg of carbon dioxide equivalent.

November 9, 2022

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Material science company Heartland reports that it has completed a cradle-to-gate life-cycle assessment (LCA) of its hemp-based Imperium Filler, an alternative to conventional plastic additives. The LCA showed that every kilogram of Imperium Filler removes 3 kg of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e), according to Heartland.

The LCA was conducted by Presidio Graduate School and Steffan Unnasch, Managing Director of Lifecycle Associates, in accordance with ISO 14040.

The research studied Heartland’s Imperium Filler as a replacement for mineral fillers commonly used in plastics. Specifically, the LCA quantifies filling plastic with 20% Imperium Filler to replace talc and calcium carbonate, two commonly used plastic additives.

The material can also be used as an additive for rubber, foam, asphalt, paper, and concrete. This LCA will provide the backbone for lower carbon footprint solutions across raw material supply chains, said Heartland. It gives manufacturers a predictable path to create carbon-neutral, or carbon-negative, products. Heartland claims that its carbon-negative additives are the first practical way to decarbonize plastic products without compromising strength or cost.

“SEC climate disclosures are coming online over the next couple of years. This is going to force public companies and their suppliers to disclose scope 1, 2, and 3 carbon emissions,” said Heartland CEO Jesse Henry in a prepared statement. “Our sustainability platform will support manufacturers with the materials and technologies needed to create lower carbon footprint everyday products.”

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