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Braskem Grows Circular Polymer Portfolio with Food-Grade PCR PP

Post-consumer recycled (PCR) content polypropylene grades can be used in high-temperature food packaging applications.

March 1, 2022

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The circular polymer portfolio of Braskem S.A., the largest polyolefins producer in the Americas as well as large-scale biopolymers producer, is expanding to include two new polypropylene (PP) grades with post-consumer recycled (PCR) content. These PP grades can be used in a wide range of FDA food contact applications consumer packaging, caps and closures, housewares, and a wide range of thermoforming applications.  

"Today's announcement is another milestone in Braskem's journey to a carbon neutral circular economy and reinforces our commitment to polypropylene as the PP leader in North America,” states Geoffrey Inch, Braskem North America sustainability director. “Not only will Braskem's new PCR polypropylene grades help our clients meet commitments for recycled content in FDA food-contact markets where PCR solutions are limited today, these developments will also keep us on track to reach our goals of providing 300,000 tons of thermoplastic resins and chemicals with recycled content by 2025 and one million tons of thermoplastic resins and chemicals with recycled content by 2030."

Braskem PCR polypropylene for thermoforming.

Braskem's thermoforming grade contains 25% post-consumer recycled content and meets the requirements for certain FDA food contact applications, including high temperature packaging. This grade is best suited for thermoforming applications which can be utilized for a variety of applications including food retail and food service trays, coffee lids and several other packaging products.

Braskem PCR polypropylene for caps and closures.

Braskem's grade for these markets contains 25% PCR content and meets the requirements for certain FDA food contact applications. This grade is best suited for injection molded caps and closures in segments such as food and beverage, health, hygiene, and cosmetics.

To support the sustainable use of polypropylene through the development and investment in the circular economy, Braskem America is a founding member and funding partner of the Polypropylene Recycling Coalition, with a primary focus on increasing US polypropylene recovery and reuse. It is also strongly committed to a Carbon Neutral Circular Economy.

By engaging and investing in partnership with other members of the value chain, the company is strengthening mechanical and advanced recycling solutions, overcoming barriers, and ensuring the increased production of high-quality recycled material. All these initiatives are aligned with Braskem's feedstock diversification strategy and its macro goals of expanding the circular plastics economy concept and becoming a carbon-neutral company by 2050.

More information is available at www.braskem.com/sustainabledevelopmentstrategy.

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