Star Plastics, together with our partner site Star Advance Materials Co. Ltd. in Shandong, China, has received recycled plastic validation through UL Environment certification (ULE) to produce post-consumer recycled (PCR) products under the ULE requirements.
The ULE certification for Star Plastics’ products, manufactured at the Shandong location, validates PCR supply streams through various site audits and documentation of material movement from source to compounding. This certifies that the PCR content used to compound the product line is certified recycled plastic material, sourced from known origins. With the rise in demand for recycled plastic materials such as post-consumer and ocean-bound plastics (OBP), there was a market need for validation of these materials.
“OEMs want that validation; they want to ensure that the sustainability claims they’re making to their customers through using our material are true. This gives them credibility in the market, gaining their customers’ trust,” said Michael Watson, Chief Representative for Star Plastics – Asia.
As a regulatory compliance company, UL stepped in to validate the work. UL Environment aims to support suppliers who are putting in time and energy working with PCR and OBP to combat against those with false claims of recycled content. The certification, UL 2809, measures and validates pre-consumer and/or post-consumer defined source material content.
“As one of only a handful of companies with this UL Environment certification, we’re excited to be at the forefront of offering outside verification for our sustainable, recycled-content products,” said Doug Ritchie, Star Plastics President and CEO.
ULE certified over 25 grades of Star Plastics’ ABS, PCABS and PC compounded products, which all contain a range of 5 to 85 percent recycled plastic. The recycled-content percentages of these materials are comprised of varying combinations of post-consumer recycled content, Internet Technology Equipment (ITE) recycled material, and/or ocean-bound plastics.
This ULE-certified Star product line is currently utilized in electronic applications such as laptops, printers and data trays. However, these PCR-validated materials would be well-suited for any application that uses ABS, PCABS and PC polymers for any OEM with sustainability initiatives.
“This is a great opportunity for companies who are developing their environmental initiatives to make their supply chain more sustainable with Star – a trusted recycled-content material supplier,” said Watson.
Through partnerships in China, Star is a self-declared post-consumer material compounder since 2008, developing recycled plastic products with customers to satisfy their environmental initiatives in the electronics and personal computer markets. These products have been developed using ocean-bound and other post-consumer recycled content materials in collaboration with major OEMs. Star is excited to have its demonstrated success endorsed by an external party.
Looking for a sustainable plastic material for your next application, but don’t want to sacrifice quality? You’re in luck. Star’s recycled-content materials, both in NA and China, are high-performance, UL-Rated custom compounds and will meet your specific requirements. Contact us today!