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Brita Selects Sustainable Styrenics Solution from Ineos Styrolution based on Biomass Balanced Styrene from BASF

  • New Brita water filter jugs made from Ineos Styrolution's sustainable ECO materials
  • BASF to supply biomass balanced styrene as plastic feedstock
  • Completely certified production process

August, 15, 2022 - Brita, Ineos Styrolution and BASF have announced that Brita has selected a range of Ineos Styrolution's sustainable Terluran ECO, Styrolution PS ECO and NAS ECO polymers as materials of choice for its portfolio of water filter jugs. The materials include the recently introduced NAS ECO, a styrene methyl methacrylate (SMMA) material, which is the result of a cooperation between Ineos Styrolution and BASF. It is built on BASF's production of styrene monomer derived from renewable feedstock based on the mass balance approach. Ineos Styrolution uses the material as feedstock in its production of new sustainable styrenics solutions.

Brita, known as a leading brand in water filtration, is among the first customers to use Ineos Styrolution's new sustainable NAS ECO solution. Specifically, the material is used for the production of Brita's water filter jugs where it is applied for jug, funnel and lid parts. By using the new materials, Brita can significantly lower the CO2 footprint without changes of moulding parameters and material performance. The new ECO materials do not cause any interference in Brita's production as it is indeed a true plug-in solution that does not require changes in Brita's production processes.

Meike Rapp, Sustainability Manager for the Brita Group says: "At Brita, we constantly look for ways to make our products more sustainable. Hence, we are happy that the new ECO materials for our jugs help us achieve one of our key sustainability goals – to reduce our dependence on fossil-based plastics. They also contribute to further decrease the carbon footprint of some of our key products and help us achieve our strategic goal of shaping sustainable solutions. That the materials are also ISCC plus certified is a great value-add in our consumer communication."

NAS ECO with reduced CO2 footprint

BASF's biomass balance (BMB) based styrene is used by Ineos Styrolution in the production of bio-attributed styrenics specialties, mainly transparent styrenics materials such as the company's NAS ECO family of SMMA products and the Luran ECO family of SAN (styrene acrylonitrile copolymer) products.

The BASF and Ineos Styrolution processes within the end-to-end mass balance-based production of the new solution portfolio are certified by ISCC plus.

Udo Mühlhölzer, Business Development Manager/ Global Key Account Manager Electronics & Household EMEA, at Ineos Styrolution comments: "I am excited to be able to offer our customers sustainable styrenics solutions that help them to meet their sustainability goals – and ultimately help our environment."

Biomass balanced styrene

To produce styrene BMB, BASF replaces fossil resources like naphtha or natural gas with renewable feedstocks derived from organic waste or vegetable oils. It is one way to produce styrene via a mass balance approach. Mass balance is a chain-of-custody model that keeps track of the total amount (e.g., circular or other alternative) of feedstock throughout the production process and ensures a proper allocation to the finished goods.

Raw material and plastic producers like Ineos Styrolution and BASF can thus offer products with a better environmental profile but the same properties as those manufactured from fossil feedstock. The allocation process via the mass balance approach as well as the products are certified by independent auditors.

"The mass balance approach, be it based on waste biomass or chemically recycled plastics, helps us to leave fossil resources in the earth and enables a fast transition towards alternative feedstocks," says Stefanie Kutscher, Head of Business Management Styrene at BASF's Styrenics Business Europe. "This can only be achieved if the whole value chain takes part."

BASF' s portfolio comprises six segments: Chemicals, Materials, Industrial Solutions, Surface Technologies, Nutrition & Care and Agricultural Solutions. Around 111.000 employees in the BASF Group, the company generated sales of €78.6 billion in 2021.

Ineos Styrolution is the leading global styrenics supplier, with a focus on styrene monomer, polystyrene, ABS Standard and styrenic specialties. With world-class production facilities and more than 90 years of experience, Ineos Styrolution helps its customers succeed by offering solutions, designed to give them a competitive edge in their markets. At the same time, these innovative and sustainable best-in-class solutions help make the circular economy for styrenics a reality. The company provides styrenic applications for many everyday products across a broad range of industries, including automotive, electronics, household, construction, healthcare, packaging and toys/sports/leisure. In 2021, sales were at 6 billion euros. Ineos Styrolution employs approximately 3,600 people and operates 20 production sites in ten countries.

With total sales of 656 million euros in business year 2021 and 2,321 employees worldwide (of which 1,263 are in Germany) the Brita Group is one of the leading companies in drinking water optimisation and individualisation. Its long-established brand Brita has a leading position in the global water filter market. The family-owned company based in Taunusstein near Wiesbaden is represented by 30 national and international subsidiaries and branches as well as shareholdings, distribution and industrial partners in 69 countries on all five continents. It has production sites in Germany, the UK, Italy and China. Founded in 1966, today the inventor of the household water filter jug develops, produces and distributes a wide range of innovative drinking water optimisation solutions for private (water filter jugs, on-tap systems and Brita Integrated Solutions for small and large electric appliances by renowned manufacturers) and commercial use (hotel sector, restaurants, catering and vending) plus mains-fed water dispensers for offices, schools, restaurants and the hygiene-sensitive care sector (hospitals, care homes).

Source: Ineos Styrolution