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Innovative bioplastic a key ingredient in fly box for fishing

PlastiQ case with flies
Container is made with innovative NuPlastiQ CB biopolymer from BioLogiQ (Idaho Falls, ID), a company exploring applications in other markets including packaging and grocery sacks.

Clear mountain streams. Clean, fresh air. If you’re in the fly fishing business, how do you match your products to such a pristine environment?

You design a fly box that uses less fossil fuel-based plastic, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, can be recycled, and may even biodegrade if accidentally dropped in the woods. The fly box, which is produced and sold by fly fishing gear distributor New Phase Inc. (Shelley, ID), is produced with NuPlastiQ CB Custom Blend BioPolymer from BioLogiQ, Inc. (Idaho Falls, ID) This particular NuPlastiQ CB formulation is 20% NuPlastiQ GP General Performance BioPolymer and 80% polypropylene.

According to Daniel Stark, New Phase VP, “We decided to go with NuplastiQ as we have been in the business of polypropylene packaging for the outdoor industry for many years and have been looking for a more environmentally friendly option for our customers. The fly fishing industry places high value on clean, cold water, stewardship of their local watersheds, and a high-quality outdoor experience.”

 “To meet New Phase’s specifications for both environmental and functional performance, we created a custom blend,” explained Micah Scott, general manager of BioLogiQ. “The specific formulation reduces use of fossil fuel-based resin by 20%, greenhouse gas emissions by 16%, and can be recycled wherever polypropylene items are recycled.”

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“NuplastiQ filled our needs perfectly,” added Stark. “NuplastiQ products help everyone work towards that goal as well as market their businesses as environmentally friendly.”

New Phase sells to over 600 independent fly shops and major chains throughout the United States. The boxes are private label branded per customer instructions. Retail pricing is expected to be around $0.99, about equal to similar fly boxes molded using conventional plastic.

NuPlastiQ GP is a 100% plant-based polymer made from renewable resources. It has passed ASTM D6400 for industrial compostability and has been certified by TUV Austria as both compostable and marine biodegradable.

In March, the company announced NuPlastiQ GP was certified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as containing 100% bio-based content. That means it became part of the USDA BioPreferred Program and earned the right to carry and use the “USDA 100% Certified Biobased Product” label. The goal of the BioPreferred program is to increase the purchase and use of biobased products, generating economic development, creating new jobs, and providing new markets for farm commodities while reducing the U.S. reliance on petroleum.

“What’s more, we’re very excited that in the early stages of ASTM D5511 anaerobic testing by Eden Research Laboratory, this specific NuPlastiQ GP/polypropylene blend has biodegraded by 74.6% in 146 days,” said Scott.

The company is casting its market net further: other applications including packaging are in the works.

“We’re developing high functioning resins designed to biodegrade in composting or marine environments,” Scott disclosed, "and we're working with a number of customers on resins for high-volume, environmentally sensitive applications such as grocery sacks and foodservice items such as straws, cups, and lids.”

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