They are developing bottle caps from sugar cane

United Caps and Braskem have jointly developed a more environmentally sustainable green closure solution for the cap and closure market.

With the aim of offering ecologically sustainable materials to the food and beverage market, United Caps and Braskem presented the sugar cane cap: I’m green.

Bioethanol, the raw material for the polyethylene of I’m green lids, is obtained from sugar cane, a renewable alternative to traditional fossil raw materials.

Being a renewable material, sugarcane captures and fixes CO2 from the atmosphere with each growth cycle, which occurs every year. This means that the production of I’m green polyethylene contributes to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions compared to conventional polyethylene, made from fossil materials.

Brendan Hill, Head of Sales at Braskem, commented that every kilogram of I’m green polyethylene used in United Caps products results in the sequestration of 3.09 kilograms of CO2 from the atmosphere: “The new development follows the same production process as traditional fossil polyethylene, ensuring that our the innovation has the same characteristics, quality and properties as the equivalent fossil.”

United Caps will launch two standard closures made from Braskem bioplastic resin, including the Victoria closure, a 30/25 screw cap designed for still beverages, and the Proflatseal, for dairy and still beverages, pressurized and non-pressurized.

Source: United Caps.

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