Finnish renewable diesel producer Neste and chemicals giant LyondellBasell have successfully produced bio-based polypropylene and low-density polyethylene at a commercial scale, the companies announced on 18 June.
The firms said it was the first time these materials had been produced in parallel through successfully converting waste oil and residues into several thousand tonnes of bio-based plastics.
The plastics were of a high enough quality to be approved for food packaging.
LyondellBasell used Neste’s renewable hydrocarbons to make the materials at its site in Wesseling, Germany, before an independent third party tested the polymer products and confirmed they contained more than 30% renewable content.
The chemicals giant had already sold some of the renewable products produced in the trial to multiple food and household product manufacturers.
Neste’s president and CEO Peter Vanacker said: “It is very satisfying to see Neste’s renewable hydrocarbons performing perfectly in a commercial scale production of bio-based polymers, providing a drop-in replacement option to fossil materials.
“This collaboration with LyondellBasell marks a major milestone in the commercialisation of Neste’s renewable polymers and chemicals business.”
LyondellBasell is one of the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies in the world