Braskem joins Cyclyx consortium

As a member of the consortium, Braskem’s circular economy director joins Cyclyx’s executive advisory board.

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Cyclyx International LLC, a postuse plastic feedstock management company based in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, has announced that Braskem, a polyolefin producer and producer of biopolymers based in Philadelphia, has joined Cyclyx as a member of the consortium.

As a result, Geoffrey Inch, Braskem’s sustainability and circular economy director, has been added to the Cyclyx executive advisory board.

As a member of the Cyclyx consortium, Braskem has access to the Cyclyx platform, which includes an integrated set of innovations, including chemical characterization of plastics and predictive modeling of feedstock sources to product pathways, custom feedstock recipes and customized supply chains. According to a news release from Cyclyx, these innovations aim to deliver scrap plastic feedstock appropriate for existing and new mechanical and advanced recycling pathways.

“We are excited to welcome Braskem as a founding member of Cyclyx and to add Geoffrey Inch to our advisory board,” says Joe Vaillancourt, chief executive officer at Cyclyx. “Braskem’s extensive experience in the biopolymer industry along with their commitment to eliminating plastic waste within a carbon neutral circular economy makes them a valuable member of our consortium and reinforces the commitment of our membership to drive postuse plastic recycling rates from 10 percent to 90 percent.”

“As the North American leader in polypropylene, Braskem is thrilled to be a founding member of Cyclyx,” Inch adds. “Braskem has a long history in the use of sustainable feedstock and is committed to working collaboratively to increase the circularity of plastics. We believe Cyclyx addresses some of the key challenges that will allow advanced recycling to scale, which is an important step in the development of certified circular polypropylene for our clients.”

Additionally, Braskem recently announced its new commitment to a carbon neutral circular economy with targets for growing the company’s “I’m green” recycled products portfolio to sales of 300,000 tons by 2025 and 1 million tons by 2030, Cyclyx states. In 2020, Braskem also became a founding member and funding partner of the Polypropylene Recycling Coalition, an initiative of The Recycling Partnership, to increase U.S. curbside recycling access for polypropylene. Braskem is also a founding member of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste.