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08-24-2018

Greener Closures

United Caps and Braskem Embrace Bio-Sourced Plastics

United Caps, an international manufacturer of caps and closures, collaborates with Braskem, a leading Brazilian petrochemical company, to deliver to the market Greener bio-sourced plastic caps and closures made from sugarcane as an addition to its product portfolio.

Greener closures: same performance, but better for environment (© Braskem)

Bio ethanol, the feedstock for I'm green Polyethylene, the basis for United Caps Greener bioplastic caps, is derived from sugarcane, a alternative to traditional fossil feedstocks. Being a renewable feedstock, it 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.

“As a result, the carbon footprint of I'm green Polyethylene is negative, when considering our life cycle analysis. This means that every kilogram of I’m green Polyethylene used in United Caps products results in 3.09 kg of CO2 being sequestered from the atmosphere,” Brendan Hill, Sales Manager at Braskem Netherlands B.V, explained. “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,” he added.

The manufacturer of caps and closures is initially bringing to market two standard closures manufactured using the bioplastic resin: the Victoria closure, a 30/25 screw closure designed for still drinks, and Proflatseal, ideal for dairy products and still drinks, both pressurized and non-pressurized. (Red)

Company profile

Braskem Netherlands B.V.

Beursplein 37
NL 3011 AA Rotterdamm

Braskem S.A.

Rua Lemos Monteiro, 120
BR 05501-050 SAO PAULO, SP

UNITED CAPS LUXEMBOURG S.A.

ZI de Wiltz . BP 49,
LU 9501 WILTZ
Tel.: +352 95 0550
Fax: +352 95 9495

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