Braskem will install, right in the middle of Rio+20, a functioning recycling plant that will transform plastic waste into furniture made from plastic wood. The recycling plant will be in operation at Athletes Park (Parque dos Atletas), which is one of the focal points of this United Nations global conference to discuss the green economy. Those participating in the event will learn all about how plastic wood furniture is made, which looks very similar to furniture made from rustic wood.
The waste products will be transformed into benches, planting boxes and trash cans. The initiative is a partnership between Braskem and the environmental engineering company Cetrel that seeks to show new ways how plastic can be used and to create a new post-consumer cycle for this material. Braskem will also be an official supplier to Rio+20. The company will make available to event organizers 50,000 water bottles made from Green Plastic, which is manufactured using raw materials obtained from renewable resources. Braskem will also supply 50,000 bags made from the same material. And hundreds of containers, all made from green polyethylene, round out the materials to be supplied to the world conference.
Source: Braskem, press release, 2012-05-18.