Tetra Pak using bio-based polyethylene

By Michael Lauzon
Correspondent

Published: June 26, 2013 4:58 pm ET
Updated: June 26, 2013 5:00 pm ET

Related to this story

Topics Packaging, Sustainability, Product News

Swiss carton packaging major Tetra Pak said it plans to use bio-based polyethylene from Braskem America in its products.

Braskem offers low density PE ultimately based on sugar cane from its production plants in Brazil. The firms will conduct a trial in Brazil and they expect to expand the program beyond the South American nation in the first quarter of 2014.

Braskem, based in São Paulo, said it will use bio-based LDPE as a component of packages made in Brazil. The plan will result in Tetra Pak achieving an 82 percent renewable source material usage in the 13 bilion composite cartons it makes in Brazil annually.

Braskem makes ethylene monomer from ethanol derived by sugar cane fermentation. It claims the bio-based LDPE has the same properties as LDPE made by polymerizing petroleum-based ethylene. Braskem sells its bio-based polymers under the I’m Green trademark.

“The new agreement to be signed with Braskem demonstrates our commitment to bring environmental initiatives to our customers and is a further step in our journey to develop fully renewable packages,” noted Tetra Pak President and CEO Dennis Jönsson in a June 26 news release. Tetra Pak’s headquarters are in Lausanne, Switzerland.

“The new bio-based I’m Green LDPE is as inert, resistant and recyclable as the polyethylene made from fossil sources but contributes to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere during the sugar cane growth process,” explained Braskem President Carlos Fadigas.

Braskem’s use of bio-based LDPE complements its use of paperboard from responsibly managed forests in Brazil, as certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.

Tetra Pak employs more than 20,000 in operations in more than 150 countries. In addition to packaging production it also has technology for food processing.

Braskem claims it is the largest thermoplastic resin producer in the Americas with 36 production plants in Brazil, United States and Germany. It said it makes 16 million tons of thermoplastics and other petrochemical products annually. It estimated it can make 200,000 tons per year of PE from sugar cane ethanol.

The Forest Stewardship Council is an international, not-for-profit organization that helps define social and environmental criteria for forest management.

 


Comments

Tetra Pak using bio-based polyethylene

By Michael Lauzon
Correspondent

Published: June 26, 2013 4:58 pm ET
Updated: June 26, 2013 5:00 pm ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

Chicago City Council committee approves plastic bag ban

April 24, 2014 7:11 pm ET

Chicago is poised to become the next major U.S. city to enact a ban on single-use plastic bags after a City Council committee vote on April 24.    More

Image

Plastics News Now: Simpsons go Lego, Pharrell Williams gets into recycled plastic

April 24, 2014 8:45 am ET

Lego has teamed up with "The Simpsons" for a special episode, we see the trends at the International Home + Housewares Show and musician Pharrell...    More

Bemis Co. reports flat quarterly sales and profit

April 24, 2014 3:22 pm ET

Bemis Co. Inc. feels no pressure to fill its vacant chief financial officer’s position, a slot that has now been vacant for months.    More

Interactive map aids polypropylene recycling efforts

April 24, 2014 1:34 pm ET

Folks interested in recycling polypropylene products now have a new tool at their disposal.    More

Biopolymer firms report success with PHA pilot production

April 24, 2014 1:30 pm ET

Biopolymer developer Meridian Inc. and Tate & Lyle plc have reported successful pilot production of Meridian's process to make polyhydroxyalkanoate, a...    More

Market Reports

Market Data Book - Rankings & Lists

A one-stop download of Plastic News' exclusive annual lists and processor rankings containing essential data including sales, employees, end markets, materials and more.
EXCLUSIVE EXCEL FEATURE: full mailing address details for available plant locations.

Learn more

Thermoformed Packaging 2014 Market Review & Outlook North America

This in-depth report provides analysis and discussions of economic and political conditions, market trends, legislative/regulatory activity impacting supply and demand, business opportunities and threats, materials pricing, manufacturing technology, as well as strategies being implemented by thermoformed packaging companies. In addition, there are reviews of 25 leading thermoformers in the packaging segment, assessing their growth initiatives and performance metrics over 10 years.

Learn more

Mold Making and Tooling Review and Outlook 2014 North America

This report provides in-depth analysis of the mold and toolmaking market for North America, including discussions of trends, opportunities, threats, the latest developments in production and labor and equipment trends impacting moldmakers.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

May 6, 2014 - May 8, 2014Plastics in Medical Devices 2014

May 12, 2014 - May 12, 2014Plastics News Brazil Pharma Summit

September 10, 2014 - September 12, 2014Plastics Caps & Closures 2014

February 3, 2015 - February 7, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

More Events