Interpack 2017

Braskem presents ‘I’m green’ plastic packaging for coffee

Braskem Amppleo polypropylene resin. Picture: Braskem.

Braskem will present applications for its ‘I’m green’ green plastic packaging, including coffee packaging for The Netherlands’ Peeze at Interpack this week (May 4-10).

Peeze is the only coffee processor in The Netherlands to supply coffee which is 100% certified, and since launching the product says it has reduced its carbon footprint: for each kilo of Green Polyethylene used to package its coffee, more than 4.5 kg of CO2 is captured from the atmosphere, it claims.

Stora Enso

Our Green Plastic is the result of a research and development study involving a variety of people and investment of around $300m,” said Gustavo Sergi, head, Renewal Chemicals Business, Braskem.

This biopolymer is currently exported to Europe, the US, Asia, Africa and South America and is used in more than 150 brands worldwide.”

Other products on display will be Braskem Amppleo, a polypropylene resin developed for the production of high performance foams, and advances in intelligent packaging technology.

Braskem currently makes Polypropylene Cups produced in partnership with packaging company Gizeh and Green Plastic produced in partnership with Finnish company Stora Enso.

Amppleo is a high-melt-strength polypropylene resin (HMS-PP) developed for versatile and high-performance foam applications in the packaging, automotive and industrial markets.  

The resin can withstand temperatures of up to 130°C without deforming and enables the production of foams for applications within a broad density range, from 30 to 300 kilograms per cubic meter.

It enables products to be made with a lighter weight than those made using other materials and is 100% recyclable.

Intelligent packaging

Braskem’s research into intelligent packaging in partnership with Clemson University in the US and Rio Grande do Sul Federal University (UFRGS) in Brazil, includes packaging which can alert the consumer, via color changes, of the quality and shelf life of food products.

The company recently partnered with Made In Space - a US company which develops 3D printers for NASA to supply Green Plastic for the manufacture of tools and parts for the International Space Station (ISS).

The Additive Manufacturing Facility (AMF) printer, developed by Made In Space to work in microgravity environments, will provide astronauts with the ability to produce Green Polyethylene tools and spare parts on demand, on space missions.

Braskem's Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) – tradename UTEC, an engineered polymer with excellent mechanical properties, such as high abrasion resistance, impact strength and low coefficient of friction, was used in the creation of the printer.

The UTEC plant in Texas started operations in January after a successful plant commission and subsequently began producing commercial grade product and samples. It serves clients in North America, Europe and Asian.

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