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Tetra Pak To Use Biobased Plastic

by Melody M. Bomgardner
July 8, 2013 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 91, ISSUE 27

Tetra Pak, a Swiss producer of aseptic food and beverage cartons, plans to use biobased low-density polyethylene from Braskem in packaging it makes in Brazil. Braskem uses ethanol made from cane sugar to produce LDPE in Rio Grande do Sul. A manufacturing trial will begin in the first quarter of 2014; Tetra Pak estimates that it will result in approximately 13 billion packages that contain up to 82% biobased content. In 2011, Tetra Pak introduced a biobased carton cap made from Braskem’s high-density polyethylene.

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