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Braskem opens green polyethylene plant

Brazil-based Braskem has opened the world’s largest ethylene-from-ethanol plant in the Triunfo Petrochemical Complex. This new plant will be producing 200,000 tons of green polyethylene per year. The most common applications of plastics from renewable sources are personal care and cleaning products, food packaging, toys and home appliances.

Since last year, Braskem has established several partnerships to supply green polyethylene to domestic and international clients who have adopted sustainable development as a pillar of their market strategy. This pioneering group of companies includes Tetra Pak, Toyota Tsusho, Shiseido, Natura, Acinplas, Johnson&Johnson, Procter&Gamble and Petropack.

Braskem CEO Bernardo Gradin stated that the completion of this project is a landmark for Braskem, the realisation of a dream shared with their clients, who can now acquire an even more sustainable product. Green plastics are exceptionally eco-friendly, since the process used to produce each ton of polyethylene from the primary raw material removes 2.5 tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

“Braskem’s green plastics are made from CO2 sequestered from the atmosphere through sugarcane photosynthesis. It is also the most competitive of all plastics made from renewable sources. And this has been widely acknowledged by the market, which recorded demand three times greater than the plant’s capacity,” added Gradin.