Tetra Pak is set to pilot a recyclable plastic packaging made from sugar cane that will ensure all Tetra Pak packages produced in Brazil will contain up to 82 percent of material from renewable sources.
In a first for the carton packaging industry, Tetra Pak has announced that it plans to sign an agreement with thermoplastic resins producer, Braskem, for the supply of low-density polyethylene (LDPE) made from sugar cane to its packaging material factories in Brazil.
The initiative, which will be piloted in Brazil only, is scheduled to start during the first quarter of 2014. According to the plan, Tetra Pak will use bio-based LDPE as a component of its packages produced in Brazil.
Carlos Fadigas, Braskem president – “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”
The move to bio-based LDPE means that 100 percent of Tetra Pak packages produced in Brazil, about 13bn, will have up to 82 percent packaging material from renewable sources.
“The new agreement to be signed with Braskem demonstrates our commitment to bring environmental innovations to our customers and is a further step in our journey to develop fully renewable packages,” said Tetra Pak president and chief executive officer Dennis Jönsson.
Braskem will use ethanol derived from sugar cane to produce ethylene, which will then be converted into LDPE. The LDPE made from renewable sugar cane has the same technical properties as LDPE made from fossil sources, and the environmental benefits of being from a renewable source. Braskem biopolymers are known under the trademark “I’m green”.
“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,” said Braskem president Carlos Fadigas.
“The expansion of the green products line reinforces our commitment to adding value through sustainable development for the value chain.”