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United Caps launches bio-sourced ‘greener’ plastic closures
From:Packaging News

United Caps has teamed up with Brazilian petrochemical company Braskem to produce plastic caps and closures made from sugar cane. 

The Bio ethanol sourced ‘I’m green Polyethylene’ material used for ‘UNITED CAPS GREENER’ bioplastic caps are derived from sugarcane which captures and fixes CO2 from the atmosphere with every growth cycle, which occurs annually.

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.

Proflatseal, ideal for dairy products and still drinks, both pressurized and non-pressurized.

“Every kilogram of ‘I’m green Polyethylene’ used in United Caps products results in 3.09 kilograms of CO2 being sequestered from the atmosphere,” claimed Brendan Hill, sales manager at Braskem Netherlands.

“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 “It goes without saying that ‘I’m green Polyethylene’ fits all existing end-of-life scenarios and that our ethanol is sustainably sourced with clear chain of custody certification possible.”

Astrid Hoffmann-Leist, Chief Marketing and Innovation Officer for United Caps, said: “As we continue to take steps to ensure our caps and closures are as sustainable as possible, this partnership with Braskem is an important step in that direction. Using bio-sourced plastics and developing high performance lighter weight caps and closures are just two of the ways we are pursuing more sustainable operations.”

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