Thermoplastic resin producer Braskem has extended its renewable products portfolio with the addition of its new line of green low-density polyethylene (LDPE), which is used primarily in plastic packaging and films.
The new product is said to complement the company's Green Plastics.
Annual production of the new resin, which will be made available in the market starting in January 2014, will amount to about 30,000t.
In order to produce green LDPE from renewable raw materials, Braskem made investments in interconnecting plants and certain pieces of equipment to ensure the production feasibility of the new line.
According to the company, two technology alternatives can be used to ensure the production of a portfolio of resins with varying characteristics allowing to meeting a range of applications.
The thermoplastic resin, which is made from sugarcane ethanol, exhibits properties that are similar to those of traditional polyethylene.
As the product is derived from renewable materials, it helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions by sequestering carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
Braskem Polyolefins and Renewables unit vice-president Luciano Guidolin said the company looks out for new solutions for its clients by monitoring the market continually.
"We believe low-density green polyethylene will meet the growing demand for materials made from renewable resources by enabling other applications in addition to the ones already available through current portfolio of Green Plastic," Guidolin said.
Braskem uses the 'I'm greenTM' seal to its clients, to identify products that use Green Plastic and help consumers recognise them easily.
The company has been producing high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) made from renewable feedstock on an industrial scale since September 2010.
Image: Linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) granules; Photo: Courtesy of Cjp24