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Braskem America launches green recycled PP

October 18/2019

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Braskem, the largest polyolefins producer in the Americas and leading producer of biopolymers in the world, formally launched its new I'm green  TM Recycled polypropylene (PP) in the United States, reported Hydrocarbonprocessing.

The roll-out of Braskem's new I'm green  TM Recycled polypropylene represents one of the first new offerings under the expanded I'm green  TM product portfolio. Braskem recently announced the expansion of its I'm green  TM brand to encompass the company's full range of circular economy products as part its commitment to help transform the plastics chain from a linear economy into a Circular Economy, a concept where materials are used, disposed of and then recycled in a circular way. The I'm green  TM master brand now includes Braskem's product developments in bio-based resins, post-consumer-recycled (PCR) resins, as well as mixed bio-based plastics and PCR solutions.

Mark Nikolich, Braskem America CEO, commented, "In launching Braskem America's first ever 100% post-consumer recycled product, we are working closely with our partners to create innovative new solutions to promote the Circular Economy. Today, our new I'm green  TM Recycled polypropylene utilizes plastic destined for landfills to produce new alternative materials for manufacturing.  This will create improved sustainable solutions for clients, consumers and the environment."

Feedstock for Braskem's new I'm green  TM Recycled PP is derived from polypropylene twine typically used for hay bales in the agricultural sector, which would otherwise be directed to landfills after use. In redirecting these polypropylene twine waste streams from landfills, the twine is reused as a raw material offering a circular source of feedstock with consistent material characteristics. The twine is processed, dyed black for product color uniformity, and then tested for purity and quality. The resulting sustainably focused homopolymer polypropylene pellets are well suited for use in compounding and packaging applications including uses in automotive, housewares and consumer goods. I'm green  TM Recycled polypropylene has properties similar or as good as virgin PP.

With a global vision focused on the future, Braskem works every day to improve people's lives by creating sustainable solutions in chemicals and plastics through innovation. Today's announcement directly supports Braskem's overall vision that 100% of plastic packaging be reused, recycled or recovered by 2040.

We remind that, as MRC informed before, Braskem is no longer pursuing a petrochemical project, which would have included an ethane cracker, in West Virginia. And the company is seeking to sell the land that would have housed the cracker. The project, announced in 2013, had been on Braskem's back burner for several years.

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, the PP consumption in the Russian market was 909,260 tonnes in January-August 2019, up by 10% year on year. Shipments of PP block copolymer and homopolymer PP increased.

Braskem S.A. produces petrochemicals and generates electricity. The Company produces ethylene, propylene, benzene, toluene, xylenes, butadiene, butene, isoprene, dicyclopentediene, MTBE, caprolactam, ammonium sulfate, cyclohexene, polyethylene theraphtalat, polyethylene, and polyvinyl chloride (PVC).
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PP, PP block copolymer, homopolymer PP, propylene, ethylene, Braskem, Brazil, Russia, USA.
Category:General News
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