Finland-based packaging company Amerplast has entered into a supply partnership agreement with biopolymers manufacturer Braskem to market Green Polyethylene, an environmentally-friendly plastic used in a range of packaging.
Green Polyethylene is produced using ethanol, a renewable, by-product of sugar production. It has the same performance characteristics as a traditional polyethelene, contains no fossil raw materials and can be recycled in existing recycling streams.
Oil-based polyethelene is the most widely-used type of plastic in the flexible packaging market. It can be used as a sheet or film used to wrap, seal, and protect consumer goods such as cosmetics, personal hygiene and cleaning products.
For Amerplast’s customers such as tissue producers and personal care brands, the partnership with Braskem offers a method for meeting their packaging needs that is better for the environment.
Børge Kvamme, Amerplast CEO, commented, “Amerplast is going through an exciting transformation, expanding to new markets and focusing further on innovation and related partnerships. Our goal is to be a leading European packaging company, in tune with customer and market trends. As today’s consumers value sustainable packaging, our partnership with Braskem enables us to offer our customers a sustainable and innovative alternative to their packaging needs while contributing to the reduction of greenhouse gases.”
Marco Jansen, Braskem’s Renewable Chemicals Commercial Director for Europe and North America, added, “The partnership with Amerplast reinforce the European customers commitment to more sustainable packaging solutions. We are pleased to have Amerplast as a partner in this journey.”
Braskem’s Green PE removes up to 2.15 metric tons of CO2 from the atmosphere for each ton produced, from cradle to Braskem’s gate, according to a life cycle assessment study, the company states.