United Caps, an international manufacturer of caps and closures, and Braskem, a leading Brazilian petrochemical company, reported they have collaborated to deliver to the market Greener bio-sourced plastic caps and closures. Bio ethanol, the feedstock for “I’m green” Polyethylene, the basis for United Caps Greener bioplastic caps, is derived from sugarcane, a renewable alternative to traditional fossil feedstocks.
Being a renewable feedstock, sugarcane captures and fixes CO2 from the atmosphere with every growth cycle, which occurs annually. This means that the production of “I’m green” Polyethylene contributes to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions when compared to conventional polyethylene, made from fossil materials, says the company.
“Apart from the feedstock, I’m green™ Polyethylene follows the same production process as traditional fossil Polyethylene, ensuring that our Polyethylene has the same characteristics, quality and properties as the fossil equivalent,” Brendan Hill, Sales Manager at Braskem Netherlands B.V., explained.
United Caps is initially bringing to market two standard closures manufactured using bioplastic resin from Braskem, including the Victoria closure, a 30/25 screw closure designed for still drinks, as well as Proflatseal for dairy products and still drinks, both pressurised and non-pressurised.