June 12th, 2020
Bio based plastics have been making their way into the packaging sector and we are seeing a growing range of different applications. At Amerplast, we are aiming to make bio based raw materials a standard in our business. This will be a necessity, when we wish to decrease our dependency on fossil based raw materials and carbon footprint.
Now, when it’s early Summer, and we are waiting for the strawberries to ripen, it marks the beginning of our Amergip® season. Amergrip is an iconic deep-freeze and storage bag sold in the Finnish market since the early 70s. Nowadays, these bags are used by both consumers and companies in and outside of Finland. A couple of years ago, we wanted to make a transition from traditional fossil based polyethylene into more sustainable raw material. The bags are designed to be used in direct contact with food, easy to open and close repeatedly, and to even deep-freeze liquids. We needed to choose a raw material that would be sustainable, but would also meet the high technical requirements.
Today, these bags are made of bio based Green PE, which is produced using ethanol, a by-product in sugar production. It contains no fossil raw materials and can be recycled in existing recycling streams. While environmentally sustainable, Green PE has the performance characteristics of a traditional PE (polyethylene). Sugar cane, in turn, is a 100% renewable and carbon dioxide depleting resource. Braskem’s Green PE removes up to 2.15 metric tons of CO2 from the atmosphere for each ton produced, from cradle to gate (source: LCA study by E4tech & LCA Works).
Sustainability is one of today’s key trends and future requirements. Recyclability and the use of recycled or bio based materials are the features now sought after in sustainable flexible packaging solutions. Bio based raw materials, like sugar cane based Green PE, are now widely used in different flexible packaging applications to replace the traditional fossil based polyethylene. Numerous examples can be found in both food and non-food segments.
As a sustainable flexible packaging company, we are actively promoting the use of bio based and recycled raw materials and the transition towards circular economy of plastics. It is our priority to provide our customers with more sustainable options and to continuously develop new environmentally friendly solutions. To find out, how we can accelerate your transition towards more sustainable packaging, contact our team of experts.