BASF uses sugar ethanol for agchem packs
BASF’s crop protection business has launched its first-ever ethanol-based polyethylene packaging. It is to be marketed as the container for its insecticide, Regent 800 WG (fipronil), which is sold for use on sugar cane in Brazil. Rather than using conventional petroleum-derived plastic, the new packaging will be produced from sugar-based ethanol, the company says. It points to the growing export markets for crops such as sugar cane, saying that producers of “high-value export produce should increasingly use renewable products” to maintain competitiveness. “BASF is among the first companies in the agricultural sector using this technology, and we expect to influence the supply chain towards using such packaging,” the company adds.