Turning Greenhouse Gases into Ingeo Biopolymer

biomimicryNature looks at greenhouse gases - atmospheric carbon as a feedstock, a raw material. It's what trees, plants, and huge structures like coral reefs, are built from. At NatureWorks, we're doing the same thing – using our best technologies to turn carbon that's in the atmosphere contributing to global warming, into a portfolio of performance Ingeo materials.

How we convert our atmospheric carbon feedstock into Ingeo matters, and we take a hard look at this in everything that we do. Currently, the first step in transforming atmospheric carbon into Ingeo involves using agricultural crops to sequester the carbon, "fixing" it as simple plant sugars through the process of photosynthesis. This rightfully brings up questions around feedstock sourcing: agricultural growing practices, food and biopolymers, and land use.

biomimicry coral

Performance materials made by transforming
the right, abundant, local resources.

At NatureWorks, we're committed to feedstock diversification – to using the most abundant, locally available, and sustainable source of biobased carbon, wherever we produce. Equally, we're committed to critically assessing and assuring the sustainability of each and every feedstock we use.

our Diversified Feedstock Portfolio

bioplastic feedstocks

We are cautious about automatically viewing each next generation of feedstock as inherently more sustainable than the previous one. Whether it's the first generation "bridging feedstock" we use today, industrially sourced corn, or whether it’s cutting-edge concepts for turning CO2 or CH4 directly into green building blocks – bypassing the agricultural step altogether, at NatureWorks, we believe it's vital to assure the integrity of the sustainability of every feedstock we use.