Braskem, the largest polyolefins producer in the Americas and leading producer of biopolymers in the world, headquartered in Brazil, launched Dansko’s new line of EVA (Ethylene-vinyl acetate) clogs made with over 50% of Braskem’s renewable I’m green™ carbon negative EVA biopolymer.
Mark Nikolich, Braskem America CEO commented, “As the largest polyolefins producer in the Americas, Braskem is focused on partnering with clients that share our commitment to advancing the manufacture of more sustainable products with our I’m green portfolio of eco-friendly materials. Our relationship with Dansko exemplifies this, as they introduce their new Kane clog which is made from over 50% Braskem’s I’m green™ bio-based EVA. I’m green™ offers the same features of a conventional resin, such as flexibility, lightness and resistance, while helping support renewably sourced materials and reducing carbon emissions in the fight against global warming.”
Dansko’s new “Kane” footwear – the company claims – offers consumers a new lightweight clog that is perfect for everyday wear. The Kane clog is the first Dansko product to be made with over 50% of Braskem’s carbon negative I’m green™ bio-based EVA. This new clog provides excellent shock absorption and features a removable foot bed, which incorporates Dansko Natural Arch® technology for added support. According to the producer, the new spring 2021 casual shoe is eye-catching and durable as well as being lightweight and comfortable. The channeled outsole provides both durability and long-lasting wear. The Kane is easy to clean and the uppers are perforated for ventilation, making them the perfect shoes for indoor and outdoor summer activities.
Jim Fox, CEO of Dansko stated, “Dansko shoes are for people who strive to get the most from life. We make shoes that are simply good for your feet-all day, every day-in a range of styles that are just right for you. Our new Kane clog is constructed from materials you can feel good about. Braskem understands the lifestyle focus of our business and the I’m green™ material is ideal for this new product.”
Braskem’s I’m green™ bio-based EVA is sustainably produced from sugarcane, a renewable source that contributes to the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by CO2 capture. Braskem’s Green EVA benefits include: Renewable Source: Sustainably sourced and produced from sugarcane, a renewable raw material. Drop-in Solution: Replaces the conventional resin without investments in new machinery for plastic transformation. Recyclable: Green EVA can be recycled/reused in the same stream already developed for conventional EVA.
The I’m green™ brand represents Braskem’s sustainable portfolio, aligned with its commitment to the circular economy and features bio-based and recycled products. The goal is to combine innovation with sustainable development to achieve a better impact on the planet and society. Since its initial launch, Braskem’s I’m green™ sustainable portfolio of chemicals and polymers has expanded and now includes a range of solutions made from post-consumer plastic waste as well as responsibly sourced bio-based materials including green EVA, all reflecting Braskem’s commitment to innovation and the advancement of the Carbon Neutral Circular Economy.