Spotlight on New Sustainability Initiatives

students planting treeHere, at UrthPact we’re all about sustainability and developing compostable bioplastic products made from renewable feedstocks instead of non-renewable, petroleum-based resources.

In the course of promoting environmentally-friendly, plant-based plastic products, UrthPact CEO Paul Boudreau has witnessed the growing sustainability movement around the country and the world. In an effort to shine a brighter light on regional efforts to reduce the human impact on the environment, we’ll be highlighting various sustainability programs we are aware of , starting with the broad, pro-active approach being taken by UMass Amherst.

Sustainable UMASS: A University Striving to Practice What It Preaches

At UMass Amherst, students, faculty and university staff all have opportunities to not only learn about sustainability, but put what they learn into practice as well. UMass students can learn sustainability theory and practice in over 300 courses, 25 undergraduate majors, 15 graduate programs and undergraduate research experiences focused on sustainability. (more…)

Adventures in Plastics with Paul Boudreau

bioplastic-evalvPlastic is everywhere. It is almost impossible to pick up a product these days that does not have some amount of plastic in it. There’s a good reason for this, though – plastic is relatively inexpensive, durable, versatile, and attractive. It comes in a variety of compounds, formulations, textures, colors, and strengths. Plastics are used in virtually every industry and application, including healthcare, toys, electronics, transportation, packaging, clothing, furnishings, buildings, and others far too numerous to list here.

But plastic has its drawbacks, too.

Conventional plastics are made from non-renewable petroleum and natural gas resources. Their manufacturing processes are wasteful and not very environmentally-friendly. And while most plastics can be recycled, very few are. In fact, plastic is one of the fastest growing components of the general waste stream and one of the most expensive discarded materials to manage.

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Two Companies Team Up

Preserve-Cutlery-GroupAt Urthpact, we’re proud to be teaming up with plastic product recyclables leader Preserve to introduce a new line of environmentally-friendly, single-use cutlery that’s being rolled out March 1 in over 400 locations of a major national grocery chain that we can’t name quite yet.

It all started when UrthPact CEO Paul Boudreau announced that we’d been selected by Preserve to work with them in developing a novel, new line of earth-friendly cutlery made entirely from recycled #5 plastic that can continue to be recycled again and again. Right now, the new cutlery line is slated to be used in the  grocery chain’s in-store cafes, available in dispensers also  manufactured by UrthPact.

One of the factors that makes this project so unique is that it’s designed to integrate with Preserve’s highly successful Gimme 5 program aimed at capturing as much used polypropylene as possible. The recycled plastic products are then remanufactured into new plastic products such as toothbrushes and razor handles.

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Paul Boudreau, CEO of UrthPact, featured in Sentinel & Enterprise’s Memorable People of 2016

When the CEO of UrthPact was discussing his lifetime of work in Leominster’s plastics industry and his partnership with a San Francisco company to develop an environmentally friendly “K-Cup” he said, “I kind of thought, ‘Is that what it’s going to say on my tombstone?’ That I was the guy that created all of this plastic waste?'”

His Leominster company, Innovative Mold Solutions, had designed and manufactured an array of plastic products over the years, but it was beginning to weigh on his mind, so he founded UrthPact devoted to finding green solutions to plastics manufacturing.

What followed was the development of the environmentally friendly OneCup created using a plant-based polymer that is heat resistant and completely biodegradable.

Selling in stores across the country, Boudreau said over 1 billion had been sold and prevented 6.6 million pounds of plastic waste going into landfills.

Read more: http://www.sentinelandenterprise.com/news/ci_30695949/look-at-20-local-people-who-helped-make#ixzz4UuzlPRO7

Two Massachusetts Companies Team Up to Provide Plastic Cutlery Made From Recycled Polypropylene to National Organic Grocery Chain

​Sustainable consumer goods company Preserve is teaming up with renewable plastics manufacturer UrthPact to provide a new line of environmentally-friendly single use cutlery for the in-store cafes of a major national organic grocery chain.

Paul Boudreau, CEO of UrthPact, LLC announced that his firm has been selected by Waltham, MA-based Preserve to manufacture a new line of single use cutlery made from recycled plastic, along with their dispensers. The new product line will be rolled out in a local six-store pilot program this January prior to the launch of a nationwide program March 1.

“We’re excited to be working with Preserve to launch this new line of earth-friendly cutlery manufactured entirely from recycled #5 plastic,” commented Paul Boudreau. “So much of this kind of plastic still ends up in landfills, so we’re doing everything we can to get it out of the waste disposal chain and recycle it for good use.”

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Sentinel & Enterprise: A greener K-Cup alternative, built right here in Leominster

LEOMINSTER — A banner hangs above the factory floor of the injection-molding company UrthPact that reads: “Good is the enemy of great.”

For CEO Paul Boudreau, good is delivering a product that customers want, but great is being able to develop a product with the power to change the world for the better.

“When I turned 50 years old, I had this kind of epiphany that I’d spent 25 years of my life in plastics and had done a lot of good things with plastic,” Boudreau said.

Read more: http://www.sentinelandenterprise.com/news/ci_30245157/greener-k-cup-alternative#ixzz4UuyeqVSo