ProAmpac’s Trinity Packaging Division has partnered with thermoplastics resins producer Braskem to use the latter’s ‘I’m green’ polyethylene (PE) as a sustainable packaging alternative for fossil fuel-based polyethylene bags.
Trinity Packaging Division is assisting Maryland’s Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Maryland Environmental Service (MES) in the US to fulfil their carbon reduction objectives.
Under Montgomery County DEP’s composting programme, MES converts the organic wastes such as leaves and grass into soil conditioner resources that is sold under Leafgro brand.
Last year, MES sold nearly 650,000 Leafgro fossil fuel-based polyethylene bags.
Under the leadership of Montgomery County DEP and in collaboration with MES, Braskem and the Trinity Packaging Division will convert the Leafgro packaging into sugarcane-based bioplastic.
Braskem’s ‘I’m green’ Polyethylene (PE) is a bio-based resin made from ethanol produced from Brazilian sugarcane, offering an eco-friendly alternative to fossil-fuel based bags.
It is also said to have a negative carbon footprint.
Braskem commercial manager Joe Jankowski said: “With the visionary leadership of the Maryland Montgomery County DEP, they are serving as a role model for other communities around the nation in taking proactive action across their environmental footprint to reduce carbon impact.
“We are proud to bring Braskem’s ‘I’m green’ bioplastic to the county in order to replace the conventional oil-based packaging with an innovative bioplastic solution that aligns sustainable packaging with the environmental focus of the county and its residents.”
The new Leafgro branded packaging will be sold throughout the US East coast in lawn and garden retail locations.