Braskem and Resin Trade pioneer green polyethylene in UK

4 September 2014

International polymer distribution company Resin Trade Ltd has selected Duo UK to be the first UK-based manufacturer to produce mailing bags using Green PE, a thermoplastic resin made entirely from sugarcane ethanol.

Green PE has been developed by Braskem, the largest petrochemical producer in the Americas, which recently signed a partnership with Resin Trade to distribute its goods in the UK and Ireland.

The move is the latest in a series of green investments at polythene bag manufacturer Duo UK and means the company can now offer its customers a 100% recyclable product created from 100% renewable material.

Braskem's Green PE, made from sugarcane ethanol, is produced in southern Brazil, while sugarcane itself is a water efficient crop that also captures carbon dioxide during photosynthesis and is planted through strict ethical guidelines. Further CO2 is sequestered from the atmosphere by the ethanol used to make Braskem's green polyethylene.

As a consequence, each kilogram of green plastic produced using this method saves 2.15kg of CO2 when compared to the production of conventional oil-based polythene. This is particularly valuable for clients seeking to achieve carbon neutral status, or for those looking to be one step ahead of potential CO2 taxes.

Marco Jansen, Braskem's commercial director renewable chemicals Europe and North America added: "Internet retailing is a growing market, mailing bags are a perfect application for Green PE and UK consumers are typically highly environmentally aware, so this partnership with Duo UK is particularly exciting for us.

"Our 'I'm GreenTM ' seal, which we created to help consumers recognise green plastic and guarantees its renewable origin, should be particularly valuable for any brands looking to clearly communicate their environmental commitment to their customers."


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