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Ingeo News: February 2021

Where Non-Persistent Polymers Fit within a Circular Economy

In the latest video added to the NatureWorks YouTube channel, NatureWorks Sustainability Manager, Erwin Vink, shares his presentation on Where Non-Persistent Polymers Fit within a Circular Economy. Vink covers the need for sustainable biomass, linear vs. circular material carbon systems, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s circular economy for plastics, and the ISCC PLUS Sustainable Feedstock Certification scheme. Go to the NatureWorks YouTube Channel.

The Miracle and Menace of Plastic - WHYY’s The Pulse

NatureWorks’ Global Marketing and Communications Manager, Leah M. Ford, joins the recent story, The Miracle and Menace of Plastic, with National Public Radio WHYY’s The Pulse to explain NatureWorks’ plant-based plastic, Ingeo, and how it’s used in anything from coffee pods to a spunbond nonwoven face mask. Story starts at the 05:40 mark. Listen to the Story.    
              

New Commercial Composting Servicing and Green Infrastructure for Greater Atlanta

At the annual Green Sports Alliance Summit in 2018, NatureWorks came together with the Green Sports Alliance (GSA), ERTH Products, and Cowart Mulch to start a pilot program focused on diverting food waste away from landfills through compostable food serviceware within a sports venue. Since the pilot, the company, Incredisoil, has taken shape and has grown to include multiple industrial composting facilities and programs that service the Greater Atlanta area and beyond. Read the Report.




Great Coffee Without Compromise: European Market

Attend the upcoming NatureWorks webinar, Great Coffee Without Compromise: Designing High Performance Compostable Coffee Capsules with Ingeo for the European Market, to learn more about compostable coffee capsule market growth, organoleptic: barrier / shelf-life concepts & studies, and Proprietary Data Acquisition System (DAQ) for measuring & understanding brewing performance. Speakers will be market and industry experts, Viviana Conti and Flavio Di Marcotullio, with Leah M. Ford as moderator. Register Now.

New Report from SPC Highlights the Role Compostable Packaging Plays in Diverting Food Waste from Landfills

The Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) has published a new guide, Understanding the Role of Compostable Packaging in North America, to help companies understand where and how compostable packaging can fit into their sustainable packaging portfolio. The report notes how “…compostable packaging can be part of healthy biological loops in the circular economy, diverting food waste from landfills, and contributing to compost that helps soil serve as a carbon sink.”

The report further explores current residential access to industrial composting infrastructure in the US and Canada where it states, “We can see that not only does composting exist in greater numbers than expected, but a notable amount of facilities and programs accept food waste and compostable packaging.” Read the Report.

PARTNER UPDATES

Food Serviceware

World Centric
World Centric, a company that provides certified compostable products for the foodservice industry, made from renewable plant fibers and bioplastics such as Ingeo PLA, has been named #17 of 150 Top Impact Companies for 2021 by Real Leaders®. Nominated companies are ranked based on their “Force For Good” score: 3-Year Growth Rate x Revenue x Impact Score. The 150 Top Impact companies chosen are applying capitalism for greater profit and greater good, driving a dynamic segment of the economy, and bearing a new vision of business that demonstrates that every transaction is an opportunity for growth and a better world. Read more.

Vegware
The annual VIBES Scottish Environment Business Awards recently recognized Vegware, a proprietor of compostable food serviceware, for their good environmental business in Scotland, including their waste diversion efforts.

NATUREWORKS & INDUSTRY NEWS

UPCOMING EVENTS

Great Coffee Without Compromise: Designing High Performance Coffee Capsules with Ingeo for the European Market | February 17 | Webinar
NatureWorks' Leah Ford will moderate this webinar featuring experts in the sustainable coffee capsules market, Viviana Conti and Flavio Di Marcotullio as they discuss the growing market, Organoleptic: barrier and shelf-life concepts, and a Proprietary Data Acquisition System (DAQ) for measuring and understanding brewing performance. Register now!

AMI Single-Serve Coffee Capsules | March 9-11 | Virtual
NatureWorks will exhibit and Global Industry Manager, Flavio Di Marcotullio, will be a speaker at this event.


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