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Sustainable Beverage Cartons How Beverage Cartons Become more Sustainable with Sabic's Renewable Polyethylene

| Editor: Manja Wühr

More and more consumers know about their CO2-Footprint and are increasingly demanding climate-neutral packages. The packaging enterprise Elopak wants to achieve absolute sustainability by 2020. What role here does the chemical company Sabic play, you can read here...

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Niels Petter Wright, CEO of Elopak: “The certified renewable polyethylene that SABIC can supply us is helping us to further deepen that product and system footprint.”
Niels Petter Wright, CEO of Elopak: “The certified renewable polyethylene that SABIC can supply us is helping us to further deepen that product and system footprint.”
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Sittard/The Netherlands – The packaging enterprise Elopak produces 13 billion cartons a year – sold in more than 100 markets worldwide. These cartons should be fully sustainable by 2020. In 2014, Elopak became the first company in the liquid packaging industry to introduce a carton made of 100% renewable materials. FSC certified paperboard – a long-standing and recognized solution - makes up 75% of the end product. However, for the other 25%, the company needed to find a truly sustainable coating.

It was at this point that Elopak decided to work with Sabic. The chemical company offers a portfolio of both renewable polyethylene (PE) and polypropylenes (PP), certified under the ISCC Plus certification scheme, an independent system for the chemical industry to prove sustainability of bio-based products.

Better Climate Footprint Using Renewable Polyethylene

According to Niels Petter Wright, CEO of Elopak, “The certified renewable polyethylene that Sabic can supply us is helping us to further deepen that product and system footprint.” The certified renewable LDPE nExCoat5 is produced by Sabic's proprietary high pressure Clean Tubular Reactor (CTR) technology with additional proprietary patented technology, which results in a resin which outperforms traditional autoclave grades. This material solution is capable of replacing grades with melt indices ranging from 4 to 8, helping Elopak reduce inventory costs and simplify production processes. In addition, LDPE nExCoat 5 has a 15-20% lower carbon footprint when compared to standard market grades.

Mark Vester, Senior Business Director of Sabic, concluded: “Sabic finds sustainability enormously important. Life cycle analysis shows that our certified renewable polyolefins have a very low environmental impact. Sabic supplies Elopak with a material that is like any other polyolefin, with the exception that it is made from a renewable feedstock, which comes from waste streams that are not in competition with the food chain. Our material is certified by the International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC), so the renewable claim of that product is substantiated and audited.”

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