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Joint venture makes bio-plastics from diesel


Bio-plastics produced at LyondellBasell’s plant were certified as 30 percent renewable content and are certified for food packaging.

LyondellBasell, one of the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies in the world, and Neste, the world’s largest producer of renewable diesel from waste and residues, have produced several thousand tonnes of bio-based plastics which are approved for food packaging production.

The joint project used Neste’s renewable hydrocarbons derived from sustainable bio-based raw materials, such as waste and residue oils to create bio-based polypropylene and bio-based low-density polyethylene at a commercial scale.

The products are being marketed under the Circulen and Circulen Plus brands, the new family of Lyondell- Basell circular economy brands.

LyondellBasell’s cracker flexibility allowed it to introduce a new renewable feedstock at its Wesseling, Germany site. That feedstock was converted directly into bio-based polymers. An independent third party tested the products using carbon tracers and confirmed they contained over 30 percent renewable content.

Cofresco, a company of the Melitta Group and Europe’s leading supplier of branded products in the field of household film, plans to use the Circulen Plus bio-based polyethylene to create sustainable food packaging materials.

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