UBQ Materials at JEC Composites Startup Booster

The 10 Startups shaking the Composites Industry at JEC World 2019

We are happy to announce and are incredibly excited and honoured to be nominated as one of 10 finalists of #JECStartupBooster contest, the leading startup competition in the world of composites.

After the success of the two first editions, JEC World organizes the third edition of Startup Booster, the leading startup competition in Composites, where ten startups will present their innovation in front of a jury of experts.

Members of the 2019 jury:

  • Jelle BLOEMHOF, Head of Manufacturing Technologies of Composite, Airbus
  • Karl-Heinz FUELLER, Responsible for material innovations and BIW concept development, Daimler AG
  • Jeffrey WOLLSCHLAGER, Senior Director - Composites Technology, Altair Engineering
  • Renaud POULARD, Partner, Omnes Capital
  • Raphael SURUN, Head of Composites Department, Beneteau Group

 Come see us pitch at #JECWorld 2019 JEC Composites, in Paris, March 12-14


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UBQ Supports the UN Global Compact

We are pleased to confirm that UBQ Materials reaffirms its support of the Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. 

In this annual Communication on Progress, we commit to continually improve the integration of UNGC's principles into our business strategy, culture and daily operations of the company. 

You can find some more information in our UNGC profile here  

Please click the link below to read the full report:
UBQ Materials UN CoP

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UBQ Materials at World Bio Markets

We are pleased to participate in the 14th annual World Bio Markets, taking place on 1-3 April 2019 in Amsterdam.

Uniting the entire bio-based ecosystem under one roof, the event offers companies from across the industry the opportunity to network and learn.

Chris Sveen, our chief sustainability officer,  will be speaking at the World Bio Markets Conference and in the meantime, Liz Gyekey, senior content manager at Bio-Based World News caught up with him for an interview about the rapid urbanisation and an alarming rate increasing waste generation as a result of it, population growth and economic development. 
You can read the full interview below: 


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U.S. Climate Report Warns of Damaged Environment and Shrinking Economy

A major scientific report  presents the starkest warnings of the devastating effects of climate change on the economy, health and environment of the United States, predicting that if significant steps are not taken to rein in global warming, the damage will knock as much as 10 percent off the size of the American economy by century’s end.

“One of the big warnings there is about the potential for increased fire in the southeast,” said Andrew Light, a contributor to the report and a senior fellow at the World Resources Institute.

The report says the continued release of greenhouse gases from cars, factories and other sources will make fires more frequent, including very large fires that burn more than 12,400 acres. And wildfire risk in the United States won’t just be a Western problem.

Please follow the link and read the full article by "The New York Times" here 

To learn more about the report click here. 


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UBQ Materials at ChangeNow Summit

Talking about UBQ's scalable solution to one of the most urgent global issues, Christopher Sveen, our Chief Sustainability Officer, joins the circular economy panel in Paris and explains more about our patented, commercially viable and bio-based material, that is ready to be implemented.

It was inspiring to be hosted by the ChangeNOW Summit team in the heart of the largest startup campus in the world, where over the 2 days more than 150 promising startups were pitching their solutions and action that can be taken right NOW.

Watch the video:  


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Cash for Trash

Waste is an enormous problem globally, regardless of income level, developed infrastructure, and even certain policy frameworks.   

Poorer countries lack good infrastructure and the trash often piles up in open [illegal] dumps and in many places directly on the streets, side of hilltops, or into our rivers and coastlines.
Although developed countries have a much better collection, sorting, and recycling infrastructure, material reutilization rates remain well below ideal targets.

The following article published in  The Economist, discusses this subject and summarizes that economic viability is both the challenge and the opportunity as the core factor for sustainable solutions to have a real impact on the growing mountains of waste.  

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The Economist, Cash for Trash, "How the world should cope with its growing piles of rubbish", [accessed on September 27th, 2018], full article copied below.


The world is producing ever more rubbish. Households and businesses took out 2bn tonnes of trash in 2016, the equivalent of 740g each day for every person on the planet. The World Bank predicts the annual pile could grow by 70% by 2050, as the developing world gets richer.

Such waste is not simply unsightly, it also threatens public health. Diarrhoea, respiratory infections and neurological conditions are more common in areas where waste is not regularly collected. And even where it is, it can cause environmental problems (see our special report this week). Greenhouse gases from the waste industry, principally in the form of methane from older landfill sites, could account for as much as a tenth of the global total by 2025. The case for taking action is clear. But what kind of action depends on where you are.

Poorer countries often lack good waste infrastructure. Rubbish piles up on open dumps, if not in the street. In July, for example, India’s Supreme Court warned that Delhi is buried under “mountain-loads of garbage”. Such places must invest enough to get the basics right. One study found that burning, dumping or discharging rubbish into waterways costs south Asian economies $375 per tonne in pollution and disease. Basic disposal systems would cost only $50-100 per tonne. Morocco’s government reckons the $300m it has recently invested in sanitary landfills has already averted $440m in damage. Such spending makes sense even when budgets are tight.

The rich world has a different problem. It is good at collection. But at the start of 2018, China, until then the destination for many of the world’s recyclable material, stopped importing most waste plastic and paper, and severely curtailed imports of cardboard. Rich countries must recycle more, dispose of more waste at home or no longer produce as much.

For environmentalists the preference for recycling is obvious. Some even want economies to become “circular”—ie, to reuse or recycle everything. But anyone arguing that reducing physical waste is a moral imperative needs to reckon with recycling’s hidden costs. Somebody must pick out, clean, transport and process junk. When the time and effort obviously pay off, the economy is already naturally circular. Three-quarters of all aluminium ever smelted remains in use, and there is a thriving market for used aluminium cans. But for other materials, recycling just isn’t worth it.

Round and round
That is partly because chucking stuff out is artificially cheap. Were landfill and incineration priced to reflect their environmental and social costs, people would throw their rubbish in the river or dump it by the road instead. Rules to discourage waste should
therefore focus on producers rather than households. The principle of taxing pollution should be extended to cover makers of things that will need disposing of. A good example is the requirement, pioneered in Europe, for firms to finance the collection and recycling of electronic waste.

Transparent subsidies for the recycling industry would also help. It is better to pay the industry to absorb trash, and let the market take care of the rest, than to craft crude rules with unknowable costs, such as San Francisco’s ambition to send zero waste to landfill. If recycling is sufficiently profitable, more waste will become a valuable commodity. Some of it might even be dug back out of the ground.

Thankfully, rubbish is one environmental issue where there is little need to worry about political incentives. Voters everywhere want rubbish to be taken away—and they do not want to live near landfill sites and incinerators. The trick is to get the economics right, too.

This article appeared in the Leaders section of the print edition under the headline "Cash for trash".


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Prof. Oded Shoseyov awarded

We are excited to congratulate Prof. Oded Shoseyov, on receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from the  President of the Economic Associations Mr. Shraga Brosh, for his dedicated contribution to the national economy and society at large. 

Together with Oded, other highly prominent Israeli entrepreneurs were amongst those awarded for their contribution to the development of the business sector in commemoration of the 70 years of Israel. 

UBQ is proud to have Prof. Shoseyov serving as a key member of our International Advisory Board with strategic significance and oversight into all UBQ's research and development projects since the company foundation. 

Oded is a multi-talented professor, inventor, entrepreneur and author - a true Israeli innovator. He is  Professor of Protein Engineering and Nano-Biotechnology at the Faculty of Agriculture, Food, and Environment, at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
His central research is on plant molecular biology protein engineering and nano-biotechnology, specifically Bio-Nano-composite materials.
He has authored and co-authored over 180 scientific publications, is the inventor of more than 50 patents and the founder of 12 companies.
One of the companies that he co-founded, CollPlant, produces Human recombinant Type I collagen in transgenic plants (tobacco) for medical implants used in human tissue repair.

As a renowned scientist, Oded is also frequently invited to lecture abroad and has appeared in Ted Talks a number of times. His most recent talk was translated to 21 languages with more than 1.4 million views. 


Watch the full video (Hebrew) prepared for the Award:  

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UBQ is a Certified B Corporation®

We’re proud to be a Certified B Corporation®.  

B Corps are a new type of company that uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. B Corp certification is to business what Fair Trade certification is to coffee or USDA Organic certification is to milk. 

UBQ Materials was certified by the non-profit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. We’ve evaluated how our practices impact our employees, our community, the environment, and our customers. 

Today, there are over 2,600 Certified B Corps around the globe, including Patagonia, Eileen Fisher, and Natura. We are proud to join them in redefining success in business so that one day everyone uses business as a force for good.

To learn more about our certification, check out our B Corp profile in the link below:



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The Power of Supply Chain

"With great power comes great responsibility"

Supply chains and the raw material acquisition strategies they rely upon to source, manufacture and distribute the products we consume around the world, is the cornerstone of the linear 'take, make, trash' economic approach we have today. 

Suppliers, local retailers through to big box brand owners have the power and the responsibility to fundamentally change the way we source and use materials in the products that are marketed today.

To quote Dr. Paul Connett, "The message to industry is this: If we can't reuse it, if we can't recycle it, if we can't compost it - you shouldn't be making it! " 

This is the absolute ideal model, however, with such a high focus on pricing, industry tends to 'cut corners' to increase their short-term profit margins rather than develop longterm value propositions. It is here where the significant potential of economically viable and sustainable solutions can have an immense impact when scaled in partnership with industry leaders. 

As suggested by  Christopher Sveen, a slightly different message to the industry could be, "If you want cheap, sustainable and readily available materials today you need to be an equal partner in scaling breakthrough technologies, like UBQ Materials." 
Alongside new innovations from Switzerland, Canada, UK and Germany -  UBQ is mentioned as a  company with a viable and revolutionary waste solution, producing bio-based composite materials.  

ACT NOW!   By implementing our bio-based materials you can achieve carbon neutral products and a climate positive supply chain. 

UBQ thanks Supply Management magazine for the coverage and seeking out new emerging sustainable technologies like ours. 
The following was published in the Supply Management Journal, June 2018. 

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UBQ Selected Innovation Open Finalist

UBQ was honored as a finalist if the Innovation Open hosted by Sustainable Brands in Vancouver, with the final pitch competition that took place on the main stage on Wednesday, June 6th.

"We were awarded with huge interest from the public, new opportunities and the potential partnership with Brand Owners, and their suppliers alike, looking to make their products more sustainable by implementing UBQ in their products," says Christopher Sveen, UBQ's Chief Sustainability Officer. 

Christopher gave the audience a convincing pitch introducing UBQ's technology, our vision for the future, and addressing the enormous potential (and 'magic') there is in waste. The video below is the excerpt of the UBQ Pitch. 

UBQ Pitch: Christopher Sveen at the SB Innovation Open

"It is critical for companies like UBQ to work with the brand owners and their suppliers in order to accelerate the road to ZeroWaste and transition into a truly circular economy" Christopher added.

Proud to have been chosen among the 11 semifinalists and then one of the four finalists in the main event, it was a great opportunity to engage with prospective customers and partners seeking innovative solutions. 

"The Innovation Open semi-finalists have all built their business models around sustainability, and seek to disrupt their respective industries towards a flourishing future,” says Eda Isik, Innovation Open Coordinator at Sustainable Brands. “The Sustainable Brands community calls on these innovative entrepreneurs for inspiration. We want to provide resources to encourage success and accelerate impact."

"We are eager to see the first "UBQ Inside" product in the market and have some great product development projects in the pipeline!" say Sophie Tuviahu, UBQ's VP of Business Development & Sales.

Our booth at the activation hub was also a lively exchange ground for information and ideas. 

To see the full video of the finals, please visit the Sustainable Brands website here:

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i24News Interviews UBQ CEO, Tato Bigio

Following World Environment Day, held every year on the 5th of June, UBQ's CEO was interviewed by Emily Frances on i24News.

World Environment Day is a platform for action and encouraging awareness for the protection of our environment. UBQ sees the importance of reducing the solid waste going to the landfills, as it poses a huge problem and has economic and environmental impact.
"UBQ uses the material that can't be recycled,- says Tato Bigio, UBQ CEO, -there will always be a fraction which is a majority of the garbage, such as food waste, mixed plastic, diapers, carton, paper- that will end up in landfills. We take that waste! We don't compete with the recycling, we complement it."

See the full interview herein below:

Converting waste into sustainable materials

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UBQ Presents in China

UBQ was recently featured as part of the 2018 Go-4-Israel Conference hosted in both Hong Kong and Foshan, China.

UBQ's CEO, Tato Bigio, was there to  presented our Advanced Waste Conversion Technology and Sustainable Materials before a diverse group of Chinese investors and prospective strategic partners. During the event and immediately after Tato's presentation, there was strong response to our key messages and significant interest to implement the UBQ solution in China and throughout Asia.

"China represents an enormous opportunity for UBQ with their strong drive towards reducing waste, climate mitigation and adaptation, as well as their appetite for renewable and cost-effective alternative materials like UBQ Materials," says Tato. "We will be very interested to see how UBQ might work with the right strategic partners to bring our breakthrough technology into Asia and support the Chinese momentum of addressing the global waste epidemic." he continues. 

The highlight of the latest conference in Foshan, China was the meeting with hundreds of Chinese investors including executives, PingAn executives, Fosun, Sailing Capital, Haitong, GF Securities, and many funds, as well as other players competing for our time and for meetings with UBQ, to learn about our technology.

Standing alongside other Israeli companies, it was amazing to see the interest and excitement generated by both well-established high-tech companies as well as younger startups. To name just a few of those present: Trax, Orbotech, HearMeOut, Lamina, Valcare, Curalife, Check-Cap, PerfAction, NGT3VC, MindUP and many  more.

It was a hugely successful conference where in Foshan there were over 1,200 participants, +500 Chinese investors, and some 100 Israeli companies presenting.


We thank Cukierman & Co. and Catalyst Funds for including us in this prestigious event

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A glimpse inside the "UBQ Materials"

Tato Bigio, UBQ materials' CEO, welcomed Henrique Cymerman, the SIC Portugal correspondent in the Middle East and introduced him the process of domestic waste conversion into the plastic products that do not pollute the environment and are at the same time useful.

The "UBQ Materials"  does not reveal the factory's secret of the transformation, but allows a glimpse behind the scenes. 

See the full story herein below:
UBQ Materials, the factory

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UBQ shares the stage with Prof. Ada E. Yonath at the AIPPI Israel 2018: International Convention on the Economy of Innovation Gala

UBQ Materials CEO, Jack ‘Tato’ Bigio, had the honor of introducing the UBQ Materials Solution at the AIPPI Gala Event as a part of the AIPPI Israel 2018: International Convention on the Economy of Innovation. 

 ‘It was a pleasure to speak at such an event with amazing thoughleaders and inspiring people. I felt especially honored to appear together with Prof. Ada Yonath, a world renowned scientist, Nobel Prize Winner and a remarkable person.'
- Tato Bigio

The AIPPI Gala Event was hosted by Dr. Ilan Cohn, Senior Partner, Reinhold Cohn Group, Co-chairman of the Conference Organising Committee and UBQ Materials International Advisory Board member.

Opening remarks by Dr. Ilan Cohn (AIPPI Gala Event)

Tato Bigio, took the stage to present UBQ and its technology, our thoughts on development and expansion on a global level with our innovative advanced waste conversion technology. Also our ambition to reach our goals while maximizing the highest triple bottom line impact we can have. 

Jack ‘Tato’ Bigio on the stand at the AIPPI Gala Event

Tato Bigio and Dr. Ilan Cohn also had the chance to discuss the UBQ Materials waste solution with Nobel Price winner in Chemistry and acclaimed scientist, Prof. Ada E. Yonath. 

Prof. Ada Yonath accompanied with Dr. Ilan Cohn (left) and Tato Bigio (right).

This 3th annual conference took place at the David Intercontinental Hotel in Tel Aviv from April 29th - May 1th. The conference took a hybrid approach and offered insight into the pivotal legal and business decisions faced by innovators and businesses on a daily basis. Over 100 prominent speakers from the U.S., Europe, Asia and Israel participated.

AIPPI and AIPPI Israel
It is a politically neutral non-profit organization, headquartered in Switzerland, which currently has almost 9000 members, representing more than 100 countries.

The objective of AIPPI is to improve and promote the protection of intellectual property on both an international and national basis.  It pursues this objective by working for the development, expansion and improvement of international and regional treaties and agreements, and also national laws relating to intellectual property.

AIPPI operates by conducting studies of existing national laws and policies, and proposes measures to promote best practices and achieve international harmonization of law, policy and practice.  In this context, AIPPI has become increasingly involved with defining well balanced systems for protecting and enforcing intellectual property rights.

Read more on their homepage www.aippi.org.

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UBQ opens its doors to China

The UBQ advanced waste conversion system and bio-based materials have an appeal to the Chinese market. Aggressive government anti-pollution campaigns resulted in a 54% drop in air pollution last year in Beijing alone. CGTV’s Stephanie Freid visited the UBQ plant where UBQ was featured on CGTV, as they are seeking Lighthouse Solutions with innovative solutions for waste disposal and reducing emissions.  

As part of China’s focus on air pollution, community health, and reducing waste pollution and related emissions, UBQ is gaining traction and attention from potential strategic partners. UBQ’s vision of a world of zero waste, showing the immense value within waste, solutions like ours are becoming vital to China’s new position on waste.  Working with China and strategic partners, this could be the start of a massive change in way the world will see and handle waste.

The value proposition of converting waste into commercially viable materials that manufactures can use to make their products, provides an obvious win-win for all parties involved. Positioned with competitive and stable material pricing, offering a renewable and recyclable material, while having a significant environmental impact could bring UBQ to be one of the Lighthouse Activities China will seek to implement in the near future.

The problem is clear, landfills and decomposing waste dumped within are breeding grounds for greenhouse gases, specifically methane, which are over 86 times more toxic than carbon dioxide.

Diverting waste from landfills, open burning, and illegal dumping is the only way we stand a chance to reduce emissions and pollution generated from the +2 billion tons of waste produced globally each year. Even though there has been significant progress in recycling, the world today only recycles approximately 5%-10% of materials in circulation.

Here you can see the full interview(video) and article on CGTV.

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Monetizing Waste

Plastic Bank wants to monetize waste to stop plastic pollution. There are approximately 150 tons of plastic in the ocean, with one garbage truck of waste entering the ocean every minute. David Katz, founder of Plastic Bank, believes turning waste into a currency will encourage people to collect waste instead of dumping it.


David Katz explains how his company will change the way the world deals with plastic.

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EuroNews Covers UBQ's "Rubbish Idea"

The interview was conducted with top UBQ executives on site, at kibbutz Zeelim.  

They introduced the new revolution in garbage conversion. 
UBQ focuses on waste left after recyclables and uses that unwanted, unsorted rubbish to produce a new material that will be used in the plastic industry.

"We have converted this garbage with our revolutionary patented technology into a material that we have been able to produce flower pots, panels, chairs." - says Tato Bigio, CEO of UBQ Materials. 

"These garbage cans (made of recycled UBQ plastic) are at least 50% that material. Food leftovers, dirty carton, diapers... "- explains Albert Douer, Executive Chairman of UBQ.

Christopher Sveen, UBQ’s Chief Sustainability Officer adds: “We can take something that is polluting the environment, and turn it into something that supports the environment, whether it's construction products, infrastructure products or consumer products that you'd go out to a store and buy"

Curious to learn some more? Here is the full news item. 

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UBQ in the NYTimes

KIBBUTZ ZEELIM, Israel — Hawks, vultures and storks circle overhead as Christopher Sveen points at the heap of refuse rotting in the desert heat. "This is the mine of the future," he beams.

Sveen is chief sustainability officer at UBQ, an Israeli company that has patented a process to convert household trash, diverting waste from landfills into reusable bio-based plastic.

After five years of development, the company is bringing its operations online, with hopes of revolutionizing waste management and being a driver to make landfills obsolete. It remains to be seen, however, if the technology really works and is commercially viable.

UBQ operates a pilot plant and research facility on the edge of southern Israel's Negev Desert, where it has developed its production line.

"We take something that is not only not useful, but that creates a lot of damage to our planet, and we're able to turn it into the things we use every day," said Albert Douer, UBQ's executive chairman. He said UBQ's material can be used as a substitute for conventional petrochemical plastics and wood, reducing oil consumption and deforestation.

UBQ has raised $30 million from private investors, including Douer, who is also chief executive of Ajover Darnel Group, an international plastics conglomerate.

Leading experts and scientists serve on its advisory board, including Nobel Prize chemist Roger Kornberg, Hebrew University biochemist Oded Shoseyov, author and entrepreneur John Elkington and Connie Hedegaard, a former European Commissioner for Climate Action.

The small plant can process one ton of municipal waste per hour, a relatively small amount that would not meet the needs of even a midsize city. But UBQ says that given the modularity, it can be quickly expanded.

On a recent day, UBQ Chief Executive Tato Bigio stood alongside bales of sorted trash hauled in from a local landfill.

He said recyclable items like glass, metals and minerals are extracted and sent for further recycling, while the remaining garbage — "banana peels, the chicken bones and the hamburger, the dirty plastics, the dirty cartons, the dirty papers" — is dried and milled into a powder.

The steely gray powder then enters a reaction chamber, where it is broken down and reconstituted as a bio-based plastic-like composite material. UBQ says its closely-guarded patented process produces no greenhouse gas emissions or residual waste byproducts, and uses little energy and no water.

According to the United Nations Environment Program, 5 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions are produced by decomposing organic material in landfills. Roughly half is methane, which over two decades is 86 times as potent for global warming as carbon dioxide, according to the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

For every ton of material produced, UBQ says it prevents between three and 30 tons of CO2 from being created by keeping waste out of landfills and decomposing.

UBQ says its material can be used as an additive to conventional plastics. It says 10-15 percent is enough to make a plastic carbon-neutral by offsetting the generation of methane and carbon dioxide in landfills. It can be molded into bricks, beams, planters, cans, and construction materials. Unlike most plastics, UBQ says its material doesn't degrade when it's recycled.

The company says converting waste into marketable products is profitable, and likely to succeed in the long run without government subsidies.

"What we do is we try to position ourselves at the end of the value chain, or at the end of the waste management hierarchy," Sveen said. "So rather than that waste going to a landfill or being incinerated, that's kind of our waste feedstock."

The wonder plastic isn't without its skeptics, however. Duane Priddy, chief executive of the Plastic Expert Group, said UBQ's claims were "too good to be true" and likened it to alchemy.

"Chemists have been trying to convert lead to gold for centuries, without success," Priddy, a former principal scientist at Dow Chemical, said in an email to The Associated Press. "Likewise, chemists have been trying to convert garbage to plastic for several decades."

UBQ said it is confident its technology will prove the skeptics wrong. "We understand that's people's perceptions. We hope to convince them in a professional and scientific manner," Sveen said.

Even if its technology is ultimately successful, UBQ faces questions about its long-term viability. Building additional plants could be expensive and time-consuming. It also needs to prove there is a market for its plastic products. The company said it is negotiating deals with major customers, but declined to identify them or say when the contracts would go into effect.

The U.N. Environment Program has made solid waste disposal a central issue to combatting pollution worldwide. Landfills contaminate air, water and soil, and take up limited land and resources. A December 2017 report by the international body devoted five of its 50 anti-pollution measures to reducing and processing solid waste.

"Every year, an estimated 11.2 billion tons of solid waste are collected worldwide," the organization says. "The solution, in the first place, is the minimization of waste. Where waste cannot be avoided, recovery of materials and energy from waste as well as remanufacturing and recycling waste into usable products should be the second option."

Israel lags behind other developed countries in waste disposal. The country of roughly 8 million people generated 5.3 million metric tons of garbage in 2016, according to the Environment Ministry. Over 80 percent of that trash ended up in increasingly crowded landfills. A third of Israel's landfill garbage is food scraps, which decompose and produce greenhouse gases like methane and carbon dioxide.

To UBQ, that means a nearly limitless supply of raw material.

"The fact is that the majority of waste goes to a landfill or is leaked into our natural environments because there simply aren't holistic and economically viable technologies out there," said Sveen.

The article is no longer avaivable at The New York Times - but read more at source/AP.

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UBQ presents in GoforIsrael conference

GoforIsrael, organized by Cukierman & Co. and Catalyst Funds, helps to create new business contacts and future partnerships between Israel and the rest of the world.

It has been one of the most influential business conferences in Israel for over 20 years. The Conference addresses current issues in fundraising and establishes strategic alliances globally between Israeli companies, businesses and financial institutions. It brings together an increasing number of investors, participants and organizations.

The last Conference in Tel Aviv was attended by more than 1000 participants, including 300 guests from abroad. Ronnie Chan, Chairman of Hang Lung properties acted as Chairman of the Day.

We kindly thank Cukierman & Co. and Catalyst Funds for making our participation in this prestigious event possible. 

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UBQ in "Solution Nation"

UBQ Materials has been selected as one of the most dynamic and innovative Israeli start-ups analyzed in David Wanetick's "Solution Nation".

"It is an honor to have been part of this comprehensive guide which provides great insight about some of Israel's most promising, cutting-edge companies, that are implementing world-changing solutions" says Tato Bigio, CEO of UBQ. 

It is a well-known fact that Israel is a world leader in technology-based innovation, where one Nation is disproportionately responding to the world’s most intractable problems. 

"Solution Nation does a great job summarizing UBQ's technological breakthrough as an industrial scale alternative solution to landfills and incineration with our innovative advanced waste conversion process. Combined with our Business Model Advantage, the book lays a foundation of the UBQ potential to come in the near future," Tato continues. 

David Wanetick has over 20 years of experience in valuing companies, patents, and emerging technologies. The 62 companies included in his book were carefully selected after his team gathered, reviewed, and researched recommendations from thousands of individuals who are familiar with the Israeli high-tech industry, university technology transfer offices, incubators, and well-connected officials within the field.

For more information about the book, please visit the website on the below link. 

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Food Waste

Around 50 percent of all produce in the United States is thrown away— $160 billion worth of produce annually.

Wasted food is also the single biggest occupant in American landfills, the Environmental Protection Agency has found. The organic material in landfills decomposes and emits Greenhouse Gases, specifically Methane which is 21x more powerful at trapping heat than CO2.

No one likes to throw out food, so why do we do it?

Vox Media dove into the issue and analyzed the psychology behind it.

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Year of Polar Prediction

The Year of the Polar Prediction has begun a two-year international effort aimed to improve predictions of weather, climate and ice conditions in the Arctic and Antarctic. The warming Arctic does not only have a debilitating effect on the traditional indigenous communities, wildlife and ecosystem on the local level, it also influences weather conditions all over the world. The effects of the warming Arctic include extreme cold spells, heat spells and droughts in the Northern Hemisphere.

This initiative brings together academics and scientists from all over the world to build an accurate model.

In their inspiring video, the World Meteorological Organisation explains why Polar climate change is an important issue for the entire world.

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Two Great Products, Two Great Brands


Traditional footwear companies often use  cheap and synthetic material to produce its products.

Allbirds shows us that we don’t have to sacrifice style for sustainability by keeping its products eco-friendly. It is redesigning the common sneaker by using New Zealand’s superfine merino wool and castor bean oil, a natural substitute for plastic and rubber. These two materials are not only  sustainable, but they also have a carbon footprint that is 60 percent smaller than a typical synthetic shoe.

Allbirds is a certified B Corporation, and its wool is ZQ certified for animal welfare and environmental care.


Another innovator to watch is Toast Ale, a company that makes beer with surplus bread from bakeries that would otherwise have ended up as waste. According to its  Indiegogo campaign, “each beer bought will help realize [its] goal of diverting 100 tons of bread from landfill in 3 years.” Founded in London, selling English Ale with alt and citrus notes, it is now in the process of producing an American Pale Ale in New York City.  

100% of the profits go to Feedback, a non-profit aiming to reduce food waste through research and innovation.

We will toast to that!

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New Plastics Economy

The New Plastics Economy Report by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, outlines a blueprint for a more environmentally friendly plastics system. The report recognizes the plastic industry as the most representative of the current linear model of “make, take and dispose” and aims to disrupt the industry through innovation.

Currently, only 14% of plastic is collected for recycling globally, the rest of it is either incinerated, landfilled or ends up as litter, often in the ocean.

If we continue on this route, by 2050 oceans would contain more plastics than fish (in weight).

The report is not calling for an end to plastics. It is providing a new way of thinking about plastics as an effective global material flow that is aligned with the principals of the circular economy.

The report outlines three strategies and a set of actions needed by the industry to move towards a new plastics economy.

  1. Redesign and Innovation

  2. Reuse

  3. Recycle

By redesigning, reusing and recycling plastic material, the industry will be able to make the transition towards the circular economy.

Download The New Plastics Economy report.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqeulFxqT1Y

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Debunking Common Myths

  1. Myth: Landfill gas capture recovery systems are an effective way to address methane emissions from landfills.

    1. Fact: Landfill gas capture systems do a poor job of recovering methane emissions.

  2. Myth: Wet landfills or “bioreactor” designs will improve landfill gas capture rates and help reduce methane emissions from landfills.

    1. Fact: Wet landfills are schemes to speed methane generation, but because lifetime gas capture efficiency rates may approximate 20%, actual methane emissions may be greater with the reactor design than without.

  3. Myth: Landfills and incinerators are sources of renewable energy.

    1. Fact: Landfills and incinerators waste valuable resources and are not generators of “renewable” energy. They inefficiently capture a small amount of energy by destroying many the Earth’s diminishing resources that could be conserved, reused, or recycled.

  4. Myth: Subsidizing landfill gas capture recovery systems through renewable portfolio standards, alternative fuels mandates, and green power incentives is good for the climate.

    1. Fact: Subsidies to landfills encourage waste disposal at the expense of waste reduction and materials recovery options that are far better for the climate.

  5. Myth: Incinerators are tremendously valuable contributors in the fight against global warming. For every megawatt of electricity generated through the combustion of solid waste, a megawatt of electricity from coal-fired or oil-fired power plants is avoided, creating a net savings of emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.

    1. Fact: Incinerators increase — not reduce — greenhouse gas emissions. Municipal solid waste incinerators produce more carbon dioxide per unit of electricity generated than either coal-fired or oil-fired power plants.

*Taken from Stop Trashing the Climate

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Climate Change Refugees

When we think of refugees, we often think of people displaced from their homes because of war or unstable governments.

But, another refugee is starting to emerge: climate change refugees. Unfortunately, this doesn’t make it on the front page of major news outlets.

The small indigenous village of Kivalina is experiencing the devastating effects from climate change. This village sits on the western coast of Alaska away from big cities, coal plants and factories, but it is estimated that in less than a decade this island will disappear.

Although this is a remote village, the same can occur to some of the big cities like Miami and Beijing as the ocean levels keep rising.

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Carbon is Not the Enemy

William McDonough wants to redefine the carbon language. In his article for Nature Journal, McDonough states humans have made carbon a toxin. He has a point. In the right place, carbon is a resource and a tool.

McDonough describes 3 types of carbon: Fugitive, Durable and Living.  

Fugitive Carbon is a toxin to our planet and our health. It is the result of unsustainable human activity such as fossil fuel production, landfills, and ‘waste-to-energy’ plants. The carbon mankind release into the atmosphere needs to be captured and turned into a durable or living carbon.

Durable Carbon is a resource. It is a carbon that is locked in stable solids. For example, a plastic bottle that is manufactured and then recycled sequesters the carbon.  On the other hand, if the same plastic bottle ends up in the ocean, the carbon becomes a fugitive, a toxin to our oceans.

Living Carbon is source. Carbon is the critical ingredient to the biological cycle. It is organic and needed for healthy and fertile soils. McDonough states. ‘carbon in the atmosphere is a liability,’ McDonough states, ‘but in the soil, it’ an asset.’

To tackle climate change, we need to rethink carbon.

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Impossible Foods

Food production accounts for as much global greenhouse gas emissions as all forms of transport combined.

We can’t tackle climate change without addressing what we eat.

That’s why, the team at Impossible Foods spent the last 5 years developing a plant based patty that bleeds, sizzles and tastes like any other hamburger.

The Impossible Burger uses about 75% less water, generates about 87% fewer greenhouse gases and requires around 95% less land than conventional ground beef from cows. It's produced without hormones, antibiotics, cholesterol or artificial flavors.

Reduce your carbon footprint without compromising taste by eating an Impossible Burger instead of a regular beef burger.

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