The Suffolk based firm can now offer customer’s plastic packaging made from renewable sources. The new biopolymer plastics are produced from ethanol sugarcane as opposed to traditional petrochemical polyethylene, which traditionally contain fossil sourced raw materials such as oil or natural gas.

The renewable sugarcane captures Co2 from the atmosphere during its production, helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, biopolymer materials are also recyclable, which means landfill dumping is also greatly reduced, offering a genuine sustainable packaging solution for customers.

The new biopolymer plastics maintain the same chemical properties as conventional petrochemical high-density polyethylene, which means there is no difference in performance or appearance to the end result. However, because the biopolymers are sourced from a sugarcane derivative, ethanol oil is eliminated from the production process.

Spectra’s Commercial Director, Gavin Chenery comments,

“We’re extremely excited about our new bio packaging capabilities. With a continually volatile oil market, the opportunity to produce packaging using a sustainable source such as sugarcane presents massive possibilities for the future. Using materials that help reduce global warming offer unquestionable benefits for the environment”.

Recent reports suggest that there are a growing number of leading brands adopting the use of materials made from sugarcane in their product lines. To help consumers identify products that use bio plastics, brands can now display the “I’m green” trade-mark seal on their packaging to let consumers make informed decisions when buying specific products.

Mr. Chenery went on to say,

“Spectra continue to forge ahead with a number of environmentally responsible alternatives which are designed to help customers make a genuine green difference. We believe the addition of fossil-free bio packaging to our existing Post Consumer Packaging (PCR) will provide our customers with a range of environmentally responsible ways to package their products”.

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