Upcycled PET

When we first read Cradle to Cradle, we immediately saw complementary connections with what we were trying to accomplish at SABIC with VALOX iQ™ technology. VALOX iQ™ resin is a product of up-cycling, consistent with the Cradle to Cradle principles. Used in a wide range of products from automotive to consumer products, and from electronics to fibers, VALOX iQ™ resin has provided designers with a new alternative at the hard to find intersection of recycled content and high performance.

A limitation of recycled plastics is that many recycling processes down-cycle the material, breaking down the polymers and reducing their performance with each life cycle. SABIC’s VALOX iQ technology overcomes these limitations by using chemical processes to unzip polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles into their precursor chemicals, purify them, and then use them to create new polybutylene terephthalate (PBT). The resulting VALOX iQ resin contains up to 60% recycled
content with performance that is nearly equivalent to virgin, non-recycled PBT.