Tetra Pak has announced plans to sign a supply agreement with US-based thermoplastic resins producer Braskem, for low-density polyethylene (LDPE) to be used as a component of its packages produced in Brazil.
The initiative is set to start in the first quarter of 2014 and is limited to Brazil only for the duration of a trial period.
The Swedish food processing and packaging company will use bio-based LDPE made from sugar cane in its Brazilian packaging material plants. The move ensures that the packages Tetra Pak produces in these plants will have up to 82% material from renewable sources.
Tetra Pak CEO Dennis Jönsson said: "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."
The LDPE made from renewable sugar cane is said to be as good as LDPE made from fossil sources, as well as being inert, resistant and recyclable.
Braskem president Carlos Fadigas said that the bio-based LDPE absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere during the sugar cane growth process, contributing to the minimisation of greenhouse gas emissions.
"The expansion of the green products line reinforces our commitment to adding value through sustainable development for the value chain," he said.
Tetra Pak's Brazilian paperboard chain of custody has been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council since 2008. Since that time, all of the paper used in the production of Tetra Pak packages is available from forests managed in accordance with responsible forestry management principles.
Image: Tetra Pak president and chief executive officer Dennis Jönsson. Photo: courtesy of Tetra Pak International SA.