2nd April 2015

Sugar cane plastic bags are sweeter for the environment

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Amerplast, one of Europe’s largest flexo printers and bag converters, has begun a supply partnership with Braskem, a global leader in biopolymers, to market polythene made from a renewable sugar cane ethanol.

The product, known as Green PE, has the same characteristics as traditional polythene but is environmentally sustainable.

It is expected to be used to make plastic bags and packaging for fresh and frozen foods and personal care products.

“Amerplast is going through an exciting transformation, expanding to new markets and focusing further on innovation and related partnerships. Our goal is to be a leading European packaging company, in tune with customer and market trends”, said Børge Kvamme, Amerplast CEO.

“As today’s consumers value sustainable packaging, our partnership with Braskem enables us to offer our customers a sustainable and innovative alternative to their packaging needs while contributing to the reduction of greenhouse gases.”

Green PE is produced using ethanol, a by-product of sugar production. It contains no fossil fuel raw materials and can be easily recycled.

“The partnership with Amerplast reinforces the European customers commitment to more sustainable packaging solutions. We are pleased to have Amerplast as a partner in this journey,” said Marco Jansen, Braskem’s Renewable Chemicals Commercial Director for Europe and North America.