Braskem is the developer and producer of the green plastic used in the “Space cement” mixture – a kind of plastic found by the end consumer in products with the “I’m green” label. The company invested in the research for the development of the material until launching the first commercial-scale green polyethylene plant in the world, in Triunfo, Rio Grande do Sul. The installation costed US$ 290 million, has a production capacity of 200.000 tons of green polyethylene a year and uses sugar cane as input.
Braskem has also partnered with “Made in Space,” which will launch a plastic recycling machine to the International Space Station, at 253 miles height. The recycling device is expected to reach the Station by the second semester of 2019. The goal is to end the cycle of green plastic in space by recycling tools made by a 3D printer already in the Station and which uses the green polyethylene as a filament.
See more about the program Imprimindo o Futuro (Printing the Future), Braskem and Made In Space’s joint project: https://www.braskem.com.br/imprimindoofuturo