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Braskem supports Plastix in their effort to recycle fishing nets and other maritime plastic fibers

Old fishing nets are among the most common types of marine debris found in harbors. Plastix has developed a process to collect and recycle them and Braskem is joining them to market the resulting circular plastics.

Plastix is a Danish plastic recycling company specialized in sorting and recycling plastic fiber waste from the maritime industry. With its proprietary recycling technology, Plastix has proven that it is possible to make beautiful new plastic products from plastic waste, which before had to go to landfill. Braskem has joined forces with Plastix to help them optimize the recycling process and accelerate the introduction of this innovative and high-quality circular plastic to the market.

There is a sizeable source of difficult-to-recycle fiber waste available at ports all over the world, the primary sources of this fiber waste are old fishing nets and ropes made from various plastics. At the same time, this is one of the most abundant types of plastic waste in the oceans. Plastix has committed itself to developing industrial solutions to recycle this maritime plastic waste found in harbors. This is not easy, as the nets and ropes are often made of different types of materials, making it difficult to separate the different polymers. However, over the last few years, Plastix has managed to make their sorting and recycling process technically and economically feasible, producing high-quality feedstock for many applications and any various production technologies ranging from packaging to pipes and durable consumer goods, just to name a few.

Braskem are supporting Plastix in this process by collaborating with them, both on the technical and commercial front. "We know that fishing nets and ropes are one of the biggest sources of marine litter. One way to counteract this is to show the world that even the toughest plastic waste can be recycled into new valuable products. That's why we're delighted to be working with Plastix. It's a very important step towards creating a Circular Economy for plastics," says Martin Clemesha, Product Manager for I'm greenTM PE & Recycled E&A at Braskem.

About Plastix

Based in Lemvig, on the west coast of Denmark, Plastix is manufacturer of Green Plastics, mechanically recycling post-use maritime fibers, such as fishing nets and ropes, into high quality raw plastic materials. With a vision to eradicate plastic pollution by enabling circular solutions, Plastix has since 2017 allowed the global plastics industry to confirm their commitment to the Circular Economy. Plastix is a distinguished frontrunner in the recycling industry and a solution provider for one of the most challenging plastic waste streams, post-use maritime fibers.

About Braskem

With a global vision of the future, oriented towards people and sustainability, Braskem is engaged in contributing to the value chain in order to strengthen the Circular Economy. Its 8,000 team members dedicate themselves every day to improving people's lives through sustainable solutions in chemicals and plastics. With its corporate DNA rooted in innovation, Braskem offers a comprehensive portfolio of plastic resins and chemical products for diverse industries, such as food packaging, construction, manufacturing, automotive, agribusiness, health and hygiene, and more. With 40 industrial units in Brazil, United States, Mexico and Germany and net revenue of R$52.3 billion (US$13.2 billion), Braskem exports its products to clients in over 100 countries.

 

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Braskem Press Contact:

Eduardo Ramos
e-mail: eduardo.ramos@braskem.com
Phone: +31 06 2141 0188