Turning Sugar Into Plastic

August 27, 2018

SAO PAULO – Working together, Braskem, a petrochemical company of Brazil, and United Caps, a Luxembourg packaging company, have introduced bio-sourced plastic bottle caps and closures made from sugar cane, according to a United Caps announcement.

The Victoria screw closure was created for still drinks, and the Proflatseal cap can contain dairy products and still drinks, both pressurized and nonpressurized.

Both products are created from “I'm Green Polyethylene,” a bio-based resin made from ethanol. It is a renewable and sustainable resource produced from Brazilian sugar cane. It has a negative carbon footprint and can substitute for conventional oil-based polyethylene. Sugar cane also utilizes carbon dioxide and releases oxygen.

As a green bonus, bottle caps and closures made of sugar create a more lightweight product compared to traditional caps and closures.

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