NatureWorks LLC to present latest developments for Ingeo natural plastic innovations

PARIS, 21 November 2007 – NatureWorks LLC, makers of NatureWorks® biopolymer, the global leader in commercial biopolymers is a bronze sponsor of the European Bioplastics Conference held in Paris the 21-22nd of November at the Disney Newport Bay Club Convention Center. This marks the second European Bioplastics Conference and represents the main industry event for the EU region. NatureWorks biopolymer is the unique raw material used to create natural plastic and fiber innovations under the Ingeo™ brand name. This brand is designed to meet market demand for better consumer lifestyle products, proven now by Ingeo innovations found in a whole new generation of natural plastic lifestyle products seen on shelves in more than 20 application assortments from at least 100 commercial partners, selling in more than 70,000 retail outlets worldwide.

You can discover the full eco-profile of this revolutionary biopolymer -- showing 65 percent less fossil fuel use and 80-90 percent less greenhouse gasses emissions in its production than conventional polymers at The data show NatureWorks biopolymer to possess one of the lowest carbon footprints of any commercially available bioplastic.

Ingeo innovations are made uniquely from NatureWorks biopolymer. Ingeo’s newly launched brand campaign will demonstrate the company’s commitment to supporting its partners and products with a message that resonates with retailers and consumers alike. This brand campaign is expected to complete its rollout by the end of 2007.

NatureWorks LLC is a supporting member of the European Bioplastics Organization, and recognizes its importance as a platform for business matching and dialogue.

At the conference you will be able to discover the reality and detail of this fast track market development with an Ingeo Creative Gallery showcasing ideas for clothing, electronics, appliances, personal care, the home, garden and new bio-packaging essentials, all for everyday use, making Ingeo the naturally better brand of choice that’s changing the shape of how we shop and live.

The Ingeo Creative Gallery will display a selection of the latest Ingeo Innovations:

  • Cargo Cosmetics Plant Love™ lipstick casing - it won the award for the best ECOfriendly packaging in show at the HBA Global Expo (Canada)
  • Coop Italia serviceware - dishes and cups (Italy)
  • Delhaize fresh food container (Belgium)
  • Del Monte fresh food container (USA)
  • Leoplast Bio Stone packages line - two compacts and a jar (Italy)
  • Marks & Spencer fresh food container (UK)
  • the new card produced by Narboni converting the films supplied by RPC (France)
  • Nadia Fassi T-shirt (Italy)
  • Priméale food container (France)
  • Sidaplax bottle (Belgium)
  • Suominen nonwoven wipes Biolace (Finland)

As well as this demonstration, NatureWorks LLC will present a paper given by Erwin Vink, that will outline the full life cycle analysis demonstrating the unique low carbon footprint of the revolutionary NatureWorks biopolymer and it will highlight the new Joint Venture between NatureWorks LCC and Teijin Limited of Japan. NatureWorks LLC will distribute to all delegates a gift bag including some Ingeo samples that represent the potential for responsible innovation across all industry sectors.

In addition to this display, Erwin Vink of NatureWorks LLC will present a paper outlining the full eco-profile of NatureWorks biopolymer demonstrating its unique low carbon footprint.

NatureWorks LLC is also pleased to announce that Teijin, one of Japan’s biggest and leading innovators in the fields of fibers and plastics plans to invest in a 50% joint venture with Cargill in NatureWorks LLC. This alliance confirms the global status and potential for bioplastics in general, and Ingeo natural plastic innovations in particular.

The new business development that comes from this invention brings a new meaning of how to do business differently today by making contemporary goods with a natural origin, bringing performance without compromise and making products that have a powerful environmental message to the consumer looking for better choices.

NatureWorks LLC, its partners and Ingeo: making contemporary products for everyone for better choices. Better for the planet, better for consumers and ultimately better for business.

About NatureWorks

NatureWorks LLC is dedicated to meeting the world’s needs today without compromising the earth’s ability to meet the needs of tomorrow. NatureWorks LLC is the first company to offer a family of commercially available low carbon footprint polymers derived from 100 percent annually renewable resources with cost and performance that compete with petroleum-based plastics and fibers. The company applies its unique technology to the processing of natural plant sugars to create a proprietary polylactide polymer, which is marketed under the Ingeo™ brand name.

About Cargill

Cargill is an international provider of food, agricultural and risk management products and services. With 158,000 employees in 66 countries, the company is committed to using its knowledge and experience to collaborate with customers to help them succeed. For more information, visit

About Teijin

Teijin is a global technology-driven group operating in five main fields: synthetic fibers; films and plastics; pharmaceuticals and home health care; trading and retail; and IT and new products. Teijin Limited is listed on the Tokyo and Osaka stock exchanges and has a market capitalization of USD 5.2 billion. The company had consolidated sales of USD 8.5 billion in fiscal 2006 and employs approximately 19,000 people worldwide. In line with its brand statement, “Human Chemistry, Human Solutions,” the Teijin Group continues to develop chemical technologies that are friendly to people and the global environment and to provide solutions that deliver real value to customers and society.


Ingeo and the Ingeo logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of NatureWorks LLC in the USA and other countries.

For Editorial Information

North America / Latin America
 Steve Sterling

 Steve Sterling

Asia Pacific
 Pauline Ning

 Daisuke Takabatake

In this Section

Where to Buy

What kinds of products can be made with Ingeo?

See Products >

What's new with NatureWorks?

See News & Events >