|Introducing Braskem and the Green PE BusinessBraskem, the largest resin producer in the Americas with 36 industrial plants in Brazil, the US and Germany, produces over 16 million tons of thermoplastic resins and other petrochemical products annually. Braskem is the world leader in the production of biopolymer, with the green polyethylene – I’m green ™, a thermoplastic resin produced from ethylene made from sugarcane ethanol, a 100% renewable raw material which helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The resin, whose properties are identical to those of conventional polyethylene, is extremely versatile in terms of applications and is also recyclable.
Reinforcing its commitment to sustainable development, Braskem conducted a unique study, in partnership with its suppliers, to assess the environmental impact of the green polyethylene – I’m green™. The results of the LCA study indicates that Braskem’s biopolymer made from ethanol, captures 2.15 kg of CO2 equivalent for every kg of green plastic produced. Moreover, 80 % of the energy consumed in the process comes from a renewable source.
This analysis allows Braskem and its customers to understand the potential environmental impacts throughout all stages of the product’s life cycle. Applying I’m green polyethylene as an alternative raw material is an opportunity to enhance product and brand value by delivering an innovative and sustainable packaging solution to the market.