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Braskem's sugarcane based bioplastic to be used to package Leafgro bags

PKBR Staff Writer Published 23 November 2017

Braskem's I'm greenTM polyethylene (PE) and ProAmpac's Trinity Packaging Division are bringing carbon reduction packaging to Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Maryland Environmental Service.

The partnership allows Trinity Packaging to use Braskem's ‘I'm green’ polyethylene (PE) as a sustainable packaging alternative for fossil fuel-based polyethylene bags.

Braskem said that the collaboration will help Maryland's Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Maryland Environmental Service (MES) to meet their CO2 reduction and environmental preservation goals.

Said to be an eco-friendly alternative to fossil-fuel based bags, the ‘I’m green’ PE bio-based resin is made from ethanol, a renewable resource produced from Brazilian sugarcane, to have a negative carbon footprint.

Trinity Packaging plans to use Braskem's PE solution to package over 500,000 bags of Leafgro brand, which will be sold in lawn and garden retail locations throughout the US East coast.

The work will be a part of a contract awarded to Trinity Packaging by Maryland's Montgomery County DEP compost facility contractor MES to convert Leafgro packaging to bioplastic.

Under Montgomery County DEP’s composting program, MES converts the organic wastes such as leaves and grass into soil conditioner resources that is sold under Leafgro brand.

Braskem commercial manager Joe Jankowski said: “With the visionary leadership of the Maryland Montgomery County DEP, they are serving as a role model for other communities around the nation in taking proactive action across their environmental footprint to reduce carbon impact.

“We are proud to bring Braskem’s ‘I’m green’ bioplastic to the county in order to replace the conventional oil-based packaging with an innovative bioplastic solution that aligns sustainable packaging with the environmental focus of the county and its residents.”