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Braskem Develops Renewably-sourced Polyethylene Wax for Paints

Published on 2021-06-23. Edited By : SpecialChem

TAGS:  Sustainability / Natural Coatings    

Braskem Unveils Bio-based Polyethylene Wax for Adhesives Braskem develops polyethylene (PE) wax made from sugarcane ethanol. The PE wax is intended to produce paints, adhesives, cosmetics and compounds used in the transformation of thermoplastic resins.

The product, commonly used as a viscosity modifying agent in several formulations, has the same properties and performance as the version made with PE of fossil origin. The new solution offers a smaller CO2 footprint, is recyclable and has multimarket application.

Reduce Carbon Footprint

With the arrival of PE wax from a renewable source on the world market, Braskem innovates and expands the I'm green™ bio-based portfolio. The I'm green™ brand comprises of renewable and recycled source solutions.

"We bring PE wax from a renewable source to the global adhesives, cosmetics, paints and compounds market, which reinforces our commitment to becoming a carbon neutral company by 2050", explains Gustavo Sergi, director of renewable chemicals and Braskem Specialties.

The I'm green™ bio-based polyethylene used in the manufacture of renewable PE wax is capable of absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere during its production cycle. In addition, the manufacture of renewable polyethylene from ethanol generates energy savings of around 80% compared to traditional routes.

Source: Braskem
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