Braskem and Ledesma, the leading producer of natural agroindustrial products, have collaborated on the development and commercialisation of Ledesma +Bio, a line of 100% sustainable notebooks made entirely from sugarcane.
While the notebook covers are made from bioplastics derived from Braskem’s I'm green polyethylene, the paper of the notebooks is made from sugarcane bagasse and has a natural color, as no chemical bleachers are used in their production.
For its new product, Ledesma garnered the award "Sustainable Product of the Year 2019" from the Business Intelligence Group.
Green Polyethylene is a plastic resin that uses sugarcane as its raw material. Sugarcane is a renewable resource that captures 3.09 tons of carbon dioxide from the air during its cultivation.
Green Plastic is a drop-in solution that can be processed on the same equipment as conventional polyethylene. It can also be used in the same recycling chains as fossil-based polyethylene. The product was the first biopolymer produced on a global industrial scale.
"The Ledesma +Bio line is the first 100% sustainable product in the stationery industry. This product is special because 95% of its covers and back covers and 100% of its sheets were made from sugarcane. In addition, its sheets have a natural color because they are free from chemical bleachers," explained Ledesma's product director, Maria Miglio.
According to Rafaela Baldin, Renewables account manager at Braskem, the collaborative project is part of Braskem's commitment to caring for the environment and to fostering the Circular Economy, which characterizes and guides the company's production activities. "Braskem uses materials made from sugarcane to create sustainable products. The creation of the Ledesma +Bio line represents our sustainability values and our commitment to market players seeking environmentally friendly alternatives," she noted.
The Brazilian company Confetti is responsible for transforming Braskem's Green Plastic into recyclable sheets and plastic covers. Director Carlos Rettmann said the bioplastic has the same characteristics and can be adopted in the same recycling chains as fossil-based polyethylene (naphtha). Confetti transforms the plastic resin produced by Braskem and, using special machinery, extrudes and transforms the Green Polyethylene into plastic sheets to predefined measurements, thickness and texture.
"The creation of Ledesma +Bio is a very important milestone, since Green Plastic is the world's first biopolymer produced on an industrial scale. It is aligned with market trends because it is 100% derived from a green and renewable source," said Rettmann.