FKuR and Braskem Prolong Collaboration in Bio-based EVA Distribution
FKuR and Braskem Prolong Collaboration in Bio-based EVA Distribution

FKuR and Braskem Prolong Collaboration in Bio-based EVA Distribution

  • 17-Jan-2024 12:23 PM
  • Journalist: Gabreilla Figueroa

Germany's leading bioplastics expert, FKuR, has significantly expanded its strategic partnership with Braskem through the acquisition of a distribution agreement for I'm Green bio-based ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA). This groundbreaking agreement encompasses various regions, spanning the European Union, Switzerland, Norway, the United Kingdom, Turkey, Israel, and India. The extension of this collaboration not only fortifies the longstanding partnership established in 2011 but also introduces EVA to FKuR's existing portfolio of I'm Green bio-based polymers, which includes PE, LDPE, LLDPE, and HDPE.

Braskem, a prominent Brazilian petrochemical company, manufactures this environmentally conscious EVA using ethanol derived from sustainably cultivated sugarcane. The unique ability of sugarcane to absorb carbon dioxide during its growth phase plays a pivotal role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions associated with the production of these bioplastics. The I'm Green product line boasts a bio-based content ranging from 45% to 80%, in adherence to the ASTM D6866 standard. This standard employs radiocarbon analysis to determine the bio-based content of solid, liquid, and gaseous samples.

In a significant move last year, Braskem made a substantial $87 million investment to amplify its production of bio-based plastic feedstock by nearly 59,000 tonnes in Triunfo, Brazil. This strategic initiative underscores the company's unwavering commitment to expanding its portfolio of environmentally friendly products and advancing sustainability practices. The I'm Green bio-based EVA portfolio stands out for its versatility, lightness, and durability, making it a preferred choice for a wide array of applications, including footwear, toys, sporting goods, tatami mats, and various foams.

The unique attributes of the I'm Green bio-based EVA not only provide a greener alternative to traditional plastic solutions but also empower brands to align with sustainability objectives. This strategic move enables companies to meet the escalating demand for eco-friendly products in the market. As environmental concerns take center stage, the partnership between FKuR and Braskem positions them as frontrunners in delivering sustainable solutions to industries across diverse regions.

The extension of the distribution agreement signifies a mutual dedication to advancing the adoption of bio-based materials in key markets. By including I'm Green bio-based EVA in its distribution network, FKuR expands its offerings of sustainable alternatives, catering to the evolving needs of industries seeking eco-friendly solutions. The strengthened collaboration with Braskem propels both companies to the forefront of the global bioplastics market, where sustainability and environmental impact are increasingly becoming critical factors in decision-making.

This collaboration not only addresses the urgent need for more sustainable materials but also contributes to the global efforts in mitigating climate change. The utilization of sugarcane-derived ethanol as a feedstock for EVA production demonstrates a commitment to reducing the carbon footprint associated with traditional petrochemical-based plastics. As industries worldwide seek ways to minimize their environmental impact, the FKuR-Braskem partnership serves as a beacon, showcasing how innovation and collaboration can drive positive change.

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