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Braskem launches new green LDPE line for plastic packaging

Braskem has introduced new line of green low-density polyethylene (LDPE), which is used primarily in plastic packaging and films and will complement the company’s Green Plastics.

According to the thermoplastic resin producer, annual production of the new resin is expected to amount to about 30kton. It will be available in the market starting in January 2014.

Claimed to be made from sugarcane ethanol, the resin and exhibits properties that are similar to those of traditional polyethylene and helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions by sequestering carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

Braskem Polyolefins and Renewables unit vice-president Luciano Guidolin said, "We believe low-density green polyethylene will meet the growing demand for materials made from renewable resources by enabling other applications in addition to the ones already available through current portfolio of Green Plastic."

The company produces high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) made from renewable feedstock.