Solegear partners with Braskem to expand its bioplastics products


Solegear Bioplastics Technologies will utilize Braskem’s I’m green Polyethylene to produce and distribute a series of household recycling containers under its good natured brand. The two companies signed a 3-year partnership that allows Solegear to expand its bioplastics products.

“Solegear continues its strong partnership development, building momentum to drive adoption of bioplastics in the marketplace”, stated Paul Antoniadis, CEO of the Canadian Solegear. “This latest partnership illustrates our team’s commitment to seek out the best bio-based ingredients for each application and then create finished bioplastic products and packaging that are being demanded by today’s environmentally conscious consumers.”

Braskem developed its I’m green material from Brazilian sugarcane, a renewable and sustainable resource, to be a drop-in biopolymer substitute to conventional polyethylene. Cultivation of sugarcane utilizes carbon dioxide and releases oxygen, which gives the material a negative carbon footprint. Braskem’s analysis has confirmed the environmental impact of using 1 ton of green PE is the equivalent of capturing 2.78 tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere from a cradle to gate perspective.

Created in August 2002 by the integration of six companies from Odebrecht Group and the Mariani Group, Braskem is currently the largest producer of thermoplastic resins in the Americas, the world leader in the production of biopolymer and the largest producer of polypropylene in the United States. Its production focuses on polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP) and polyvinylchloride (PVC) resins, in addition to basic chemical inputs such as ethylene, propylene, butadiene, benzene, toluene, chlorine, soda, and solvents, among others.

“This partnership has strategic value for Braskem. It will provide us access to new markets and strengthen the company’s growth in North America”, said Gustavo Sergi, responsible for Braskem’s Renewable Chemicals team.

Every year, about 688 billion pounds of plastic is produced globally. Despite recent efforts, only about 12% of plastics are actively recycled. This means well over ½ trillion pounds of traditional plastic is being discarded annually, piling up in landfills and eventually leaching hazardous chemicals into our water tables.


by Eddy Smith


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