7 April 2015

Amerplast to market sustainably sourced flexible packaging material

Partnership agreement with Braskem aiming to produce Green Polyethylene (Green PE) from sugar cane ethanol

Finnish packaging giant Amerplast has entered into a supply partnership agreement with Braskem, the world leader in the field of drop-in bio PE, to market Green Polyethylene (Green PE) obtained from a renewable source, sugar cane ethanol, to tissue segment.

While environmentally sustainable, Green PE has the performance characteristics of a traditional PE. For Amerplast’s customers such as tissue producers, it offers an environmentally sound alternative for meeting their packaging needs.

Green PE is produced using ethanol, a by-product in sugar production. It contains no fossil raw materials and can be recycled in existing recycling streams. Green PE however has the same quality and technical characteristics as conventional oil based polyethylene. Sugar cane in turn is a 100% renewable and carbon dioxide depleting resource. Braskem’s Green PE removes up to 2.15 metric tons of CO2 from the atmosphere for each ton produced, from cradle to Braskem’s gate (source: LCA study by E4tech & LCA Works).

“Amerplast is going through an exciting transformation, expanding to new markets and  focusing further on innovation and related partnerships. Our goal is to be a leading European packaging company, in tune with customer and market trends”, says Børge Kvamme, Amerplast CEO. “As today’s consumers value sustainable packaging, our partnership with Braskem enables us to offer our customers a sustainable and innovative alternative to their packaging needs while contributing to the reduction of greenhouse gases,” Kvamme concludes.

“The partnership with Amerplast reinforces the European customers commitment to more sustainable packaging solutions. We are pleased to have Amerplast as a partner in this journey,” says Marco Jansen, Braskem’s Renewable Chemicals Commercial Director for Europe and North America.

Polyethylene is the most widely used type of plastic in the world, especially by the automotive industry and manufacturers of cosmetics, packaging, toy, personal hygiene and cleaning products, among others.

Source: Bioplastics MAGAZINE, 2015-03-24.

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