2. Invest in the development of new renewable products to support circular economy at the beginning of the value chain.
One pillar of Braskem’s sustainable development strategy is building a portfolio of products made from renewable raw materials. Our investment in research and innovation includes partnerships with universities, research centers and private companies with a strong focus on technological alternatives that result in products made from renewable resources and, consequently, help to capture and sequester carbon dioxide from the air, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
I’m green™ PE: Available on a commercial scale since 2010, I’m greentm polyethylene is made from a 100% renewable raw material, sugarcane, and has the same properties, performance and application versatility as fossil-based polyethylene. It also is recyclable in the same recycling chain for traditional polyethylene. The product currently is supplied to Braskem clients around the world for myriad applications. Learn more: http://plasticoverde.braskem.com.br/site.aspx/plastic-green .
I’m green™ EVA: Launched in 2018 through a partnership with U.S.-based footwear manufacturer Allbirds, the first to use the product, the ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) copolymer is made from a renewable resource, sugarcane, and is available for applications in the footwear, automotive, transportation and other industries. Learn more: https://www.braskem.com.br/news-detail/braskem-launches-new-renewable-resin-in-allbirds-shoes .
MEG: in partnership with the Danish company Haldor Topsoe, a new technology is being developed to produce monoethylene glycol (MEG) from sugar. MEG is a raw material used to make PET, a resin widely used in the textile and packaging industries, especially to make bottles. The project calls for the construction of a demonstration plant in Denmark, with startup slated for 2019. Learn more: https://www.braskem.com.br/news-detail/braskem-signs-partnership-with-haldor-topsoe-to-develop-biobased-meg .
HE-70s: This renewable oxygenated solvent, which is made from sugarcane, features lower toxicity and a high evaporation rate. HE-70s has various applications, which include as a thinner for automotive paint, industrial paint, wood and metals, spray paint, adhesives for the furniture industry, footwear and PVC piping. The product reinforces Braskem’s strategy to drive the Green Chemistry movement by developing bioproducts with applications as a carbon sequestration tool. Learn more at https://www.braskem.com.br/news-detail/braskem-develops-its-first-solvent-made-from-renewable-resources .