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Tetra Pak Signs Renewable Carton Packaging Deal


Tetra Pak, a packaging and processing firm operating in more than 150 markets worldwide, has signed a deal with Braskem SA to buy high-density polyethylene (HDPE) derived entirely from renewable feedstock.

The agreement with the largest Brazilian petrochemical company is the first move toward using green polyethylene n the carton packaging industry, the firms say.

According to Braskem, the world’s first commercial-scale green polyethylene plant will make its first deliveries to Tetra Pak in early 2011.

The carton packaging will be made from ethanol derived from sugar cane, a process which is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions compared to the traditional process.

“While this pilot project is a small first step into green polyethylene, it marks another milestone in our sustainability journey … and underscores our commitment
to finding new ways to use renewable materials in our carton packaging,” said Tetra Pak president and chief executive officer Dennis Jonsson.

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