Feedstock Recycling (Hydrolysis)

Since 2004, NatureWorks has recycled more than 17 million pounds of off-grade Ingeo natural plastic at its Blair, Nebraska, processing facility by applying a chemical process commonly used in the plastics industry called hydrolysis.  During the hydrolysis process, Ingeo plastic is broken down into its primary foundation, lactic acid.  Following the hydrolysis process, the lactic acid is then converted back into Ingeo resin.