30 November 2011

Amsterdam ArenA football stadium to incorporate seats made from plants

Braskem's bio-Polyethylene for 2,000 new "sugar seats"

The Amsterdam ArenA – home to football giants AFC Ajax – are to use Brazilian petrochemical company Braskem’s green plastic to make nearly 2,000 new seats for the stadium. Under the agreement Braskem will supply the raw material to make 2,000 seats for the multifunctional Dutch stadium made from 100 per cent renewable ethylene, derived from sugar cane.

The installation of the “sugar seats” – as these seats are being called – is part of the stadium owner’s strategy to turn the Amsterdam ArenA into a landmark of the world’s most sustainable capital. They plan to make the stadium carbon neutral by 2015. “The use of Green Plastic at the Amsterdam ArenA is fully in line with Braskem’s strategy of becoming the world’s leading company in sustainable chemicals”, said Marcelo Nunes, Braskem’s Renewable Chemicals Director.

“Braskem’s partnership with Station Amsterdam complements other alliances already consolidated in recent months, uniting companies that seek sustainable solutions”, added the executive. Unlike fossil plastic, green plastic offers a better environmental result: each ton of plastic produced avoids the emission of 2.5 tons in carbon dioxide (CO2), said Braskem.

Braskem is the eighth largest producer of thermoplastic resins in the world and has been producing green polyethylene plastic since September 2010, when the company opened the world’s largest ethylene facility in Triunfo, Brazil, which has a production capacity of 200,000 tons per year.

Source: NNFCC, 2011-11-30.

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