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Braskem & Plantic to Utilize Green Plastic for Developing Ultra-high Barrier Packaging

Published on 2012-05-23. Author : SpecialChem

Braskem, one of the largest petrochemical companies in the Americas and among the world leaders in biopolymer production and Plantic Technologies signed an agreement for the use of green plastic in packaging in the eco PlasticT product line. Made by Plantic, it is the first ultra-high barrier packaging made from renewable raw materials.

The use of the green plastic produced by Braskem will increase the renewable content of eco Plastic™ to over 90% without compromising the barrier properties already offered by the packaging. The major benefit of the polyethylene made from sugarcane is that it captures and sequesters up to 2.5 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere for each ton produced.

Manufacturers do not have to invest in new processing or packaging technologies in order to use the trays and sheets made from eco PlasticT. The rigid trays and sheets are available in a transparent version and a variety of colors, and even in multi-colored formats.

"Braskem's strategic vision is to become the world leader in sustainable chemicals by 2020. The partnering of Plantic products with Braskem's green plastic will lead to new packaging options that are not only better for the environment, but also offer superior performance for retailers and brand owners," said Marcelo Nunces, director of the Renewable Chemicals Business of Braskem. Plantic's eco PlasticT made from green plastic is the high barrier packaging with the highest renewable content in the market," said Brendan Morris, CEO of Plantic Technologies. "Our partnership with Braskem brings together two plastics with excellent environmental performance to create an ultra-high barrier packaging with exceptional performance and environmental advantages," he said.

About Plantic Technologies Limited

Plantic Technologies Ltd is based in Australia, where its head office, principal manufacturing and research and development facility are located. The company also has manufacturing operations in Germany and sales offices in the United States and the United Kingdom. The exclusive polymer technology patented globally by Plantic is based on the use of corn starch with high amylose content, which is derived from hybrid corn (not genetically modified). The company offers a full line of high barrier products and won various awards for its innovation in biodegradable plastics, including Dupont's Global Innovation Award in 2006.

About Braskem

Operating in the chemistry and petrochemical sector, Braskem stands out on global stage as the largest producer of thermoplastic resins in the Americas and the eight-largest in the world. Its production is focused on thermoplastic resins - polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP) and poly vinyl chloride (PVC) - basic chemical inputs, such as ethylene, propylene, butadiene, benzene, toluene, chlorine, soda, solvents, water and steam, among others. Together they make up one of the most comprehensive portfolios of the market by including outstanding products made from renewable raw materials.

Source: Braskem

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