A new partnership has been announced between Heartland and Ravago Americas for the joint development of the next generation of plastic resins.
The collaboration aims to drive material innovation for companies that buy large volumes of plastic, with Heartland’s hemp additives helping manufacturers reduce the cost, weight and carbon footprint of the raw materials.
Heartland is building an industrial hemp supply chain in the US to provide additives for manufacturers that use plastics, with its hemp additives reducing the carbon footprint of virgin plastics by as much as 44%.
Ravago, one of the world’s largest plastic recyclers, compounders and distributors, will offer composite products that are stronger, lighter, cheaper and more sustainable, by leveraging carbon-negative and renewable plastic additives like industrial hemp.
The hemp additives are also expected to help prolong the life of Ravago’s materials that use recycled content.
The company and its subsidiaries service more than 50,000 customers in 55 countries, annually supplying more than 6.6 million metric tons of polymer and rubber.
Heartland has worked alongside Ravago to engineer the hemp materials as renewable additives for plastics, with the latter company’s research and development team helping engineer products that do not require additional retooling costs for plastic compounders and moulders.