mercredi 25 novembre 2009

Bioplastics News: Tetra Pak, MATBIM

Tetra Pak and Braskem sign agreement to pilot green plastic in carton packaging

Tetra Pak has reached agreement with the largest Brazilian petrochemical company, Braskem SA, to purchase limited volumes of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) derived entirely from a renewable feedstock. The agreement represents the first move toward using green polyethylene in the carton packaging industry.

Braskem expects the world’s first commercial-scale green polyethylene plant, located in the south of Brazil, to come on stream late next year and is targeting first deliveries to Tetra Pak early in 2011. The new facility will use ethanol derived from sugar cane to produce ethylene, which will then be converted into polyethylene, the world’s most commonly used plastic. It is estimated that the process will result in an overall reduction in greenhouse gas emissions when compared with the traditional process for manufacturing polyethylene.

MATBIM 2010: First International Meeting on Material / Bioproduct Interactions

You are cordially invited to participate in the first international Meeting on Materials and Bioproducts interactions (acronym MATBIM 2010) to be held on March 3-5, 2010 at Paris Institute of Technology for Life, Food and Environmental Sciences (Agroparistech), France.

The meeting will promote the development of new and innovating materials, including active, intelligent, biobased and biodegradable packaging to improve the safety and the quality of bio products in contact. Although food applications are mainly targeted, the conference will welcome outgoing descriptive and/or predictive works focused on the physicochemical interactions between constituents of polymeric materials and a medium in contact (e.g. cosmetic, medical, biotechnological applications).

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