Samsill, one of the worlds largest independently owned manufacturers of business accessories is converting its line of Earths Choice ring binders to bio-based materials. The Texas based company combined 100% post-consumer recycled chipboard – with plastic containing 25% of Green Polyethylene, a bio-plastic made from sugarcane ethanol, a 100% renewable source which promotes the reduction of greenhouse gasses. The finished product is at least 69% bio-based and is a USDA Certified Biobased Product.
At Samsill, we strive to reduce the environmental footprint of our products, allowing consumers to have access to more sustainable choices. We knew that creating a binder using 69% of USDA certified bio-based material would be the next step towards an even more diverse, greener product line, explained Drew Bowers, VP of Marketing at Samsill.
The Green Polyethylene used in these binders is provided by Braskem, the leading producer of thermoplastic resins in the Americas and the world leader in the production of biopolymers. The resin combines technology, innovation, and sustainability to preserve the same characteristics as traditional polyethylene, both in application and recycling, while generating a negative carbon footprint from cradle to gate. Its manufacturing process uses approximately 46% of its energy from renewable sources and makes 0.428 kWh/lb of surplus energy. The surplus renewable energy is then utilized in the Brazilian energy matrix. The net life cycle of the resin production captures of over 2.15 lbs of carbon dioxide for each pound of Green Polyethylene produced.
For Alexandre Elias, director of Renewable Chemicals at Braskem ( @), the partnership meets the companys concern with providing solutions that will bring value to its clients products and brands:
We are always innovating at Braskem, pursuing more sustainable operations and resources, investing in development to offer our Clients products with sustainable attributes, and giving the end consumer solutions for a more sustainable life, explains Elias.
Samsills ( @)move fits right into the governments effort to promote the use of bio-based solutions. “We applaud Samsill for earning the USDA Certified Biobased Product label,” said Kate Lewis, USDA BioPreferred Program Analyst. “Products from Samsill are contributing to an ever-expanding marketplace that adds value to renewable agriculture commodities and decreases our reliance on petroleum.”
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