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Fantastic Natural Plastic: Fourth annual Ingeo Earth Month to showcase latest global offerings of ingenious Ingeo innovations

Transforming eco-options from niche to mainstream, from natural plastics and fiber products made from 100% annually renewable resources, not oil, Ingeo innovations will be exhibited at Ingeo Earth Month creative galleries in New York, Paris and Tokyo.

NEW YORK, May 23, 2008 – "Responsible innovation comes to everyday life" and is readily available today; easily accessible in your local retail and department stores! NatureWorks LLC is proud to present the fourth annual Ingeo Earth Month 2008 which launched in New York City on April 22nd, 2008 (coinciding with Earth Day), the first leg of an international tri-city exhibition titled Fantastic Natural Plastic–a pop-up creative gallery that showcases the latest global offering of ingenious innovations made from Ingeo, with a round-table panel discussion on how responsible innovation is here in our everyday lives. The exhibition traveled to Paris, France on May 22nd and ends in Tokyo, Japan on June 5th, 2008 (coinciding with United Nations World Environmental Day).

NatureWorks LLC manufactures a family of commercially available, low carbon footprint, Ingeo natural plastics and fibers derived from 100 percent annually renewable resources with cost and performance that compete with petroleum-based plastics and fibers. Today, Ingeo innovations help transform eco-options from niche to mainstream, providing a whole new generation of natural plastic and fiber products in more than 20 different lifestyle categories from at least 100 commercial partners, selling in more than 70,000 retail outlets worldwide.

The Ingeo Earth Month Creative Gallery will showcase the reality and detail of this fast track market development for new food and beverage bio-packaging essentials, clothing, electronics, appliances, personal care, home, and garden. These ingenious products, all for everyday use, make Ingeo innovations the naturally better brand of choice that’s changing the shape of how we shop and live. A complete Look Book of these ingenious innovations will be available at each creative gallery. Here are a few selections of Ingeo partner brands and product:

Primo Water launched just in time for Earth Day. Primo Water Corporation manufactures markets and services mineral-enriched bottled water that meets both the convenience consumers seek and environmental benefits they desire. The Primo Water bottle is made from Ingeo natural plastic. Visit www.primowater.com.

Other liquid container brands include Noble Juice, providing 100% pure and organic juices, and Naturally Iowa, the world’s first dairy to use Ingeo bottles for its product line of organic milk, ice cream (both organic and all-natural) and drinkable yogurt. Visit www.noblejuice.com and www.naturallyiowa.com.

DDCLAB USA label founded by owners Roberto Crivello and Savania Davies-Keller, is known for their strength in fabric sourcing and the ability to earmark technologies that are new to the market by working closely with mills to develop and build upon innovative technologies. DDCLAB has designed exclusive pieces made with a blend of Ingeo including slim fit men’s shirt and trouser for their Spring/Summer ’08 collection. Visit www.ddclab.com.

Other designers using Ingeo include Giambattista Valli, Bouddica, Giorgio Armani, Versace, Maggie Norris, naturevsfuture, Gattinoni, Project Runway’s Elisa Jimenez, and Fox River Socks.

Taylor Fresh Foods is the predominant value-added fresh vegetable supplier to the foodservice and grocery retail market, delivering fresh and high-quality leafy green salads in containers made from Ingeo natural plastic. Visit www.taylorfarms.com.

Other fresh food packaging containers include Coop (Italy), Wal-Mart, The Greenery, Delhaize, Primeale, Leclerc, Mastronardi Produce Ltd., Green Mountain Coffee and Marks & Spencer (UK).

Pacific Coast Feather Company (PCFC) is a leading bedding supplier in North America including pillows, comforters, mattress pads, and feather beds. PCFC has introduced the Natural Living Ingeo cotton blend comforter, mattress pad and mattress topper, featuring Ingeo fiberfill with a 52% Ingeo and 48% cotton blend 200 thread count cover. Visit www.pacificcoast.com

CARGO is an innovative independent brand in the beauty industry known for its revolutionary formulas, professional quality and innovative packaging. CARGO features the award-winning PlantLove™ Lipstick, an eco-friendly lipstick tube made from Ingeo natural plastic. Visit www.cargocosmetics.com.

Method was ranked the largest eco-friendly cleaning branded and the seventh fastest growing company in the US in 2006. Method Omop sweeping cloths are made of Ingeo fibers. Visit methodproducts.com.

Valor Brands LLC, a leading supplier of disposable diaper and pants products, introduces Natural Choice™ diapers made with Ingeo fiber, comprising 50% of the back sheet and top sheet along with bio-based absorbents. Visit www.valorbrands.com.

INGEO EARTH MONTH CREATIVE GALLERY, April 22, 2008

Intended as a journey beginning with the reality of mass consumption and accumulated waste, environmental artist, Chris Jordan, premiered his video installation titled Intolerable Beauty and Running the Numbers. And to explore the response and solutions for an alternative way of responsible living, artist Bryan Robert Hamecs created a unique focal installation using only bio-packaging essentials.

In the New York edition, the Ingeo Earth Month Creative Gallery was host to a featured round-table panel discussion with several key leaders in the sustainable movement. Here are some highlights:

Steve Davies (Global Marketing Director, NatureWorks LLC) "Before NatureWorks came along, in fact over the last 100 years, plastics made great changes to our lives. Now, we feel it is time that nature revolutionizes plastic. And with Ingeo, we are doing that by making nature-based plastics and fibers. We create the raw material and with it, designers and manufacturers rethink the way they make things, innovators who turn it into something real that, in turn, makes it an easy choice for the consumer to do the right thing."

Ted Ning (Executive Director of LOHAS Conference) summarized the "LOHAS consumer of today is much more sophisticated and educated. They are more concerned with quality…look to be inspired, curious…and to want to know what are some of these new innovations that are out there".

Dave Burke (President and COO of Primo Water Corporation) opened with "If all plastic beverage bottles in the United States were made from Ingeo, we could save 1 billion gallons of gasoline a year!"

Savania Davies-Keller (Co-Founder and Designer for DDCLAB), as a progressive design house, "It is important for us to be constantly improving and continuing to be conscience of how things are made, especially the production of each product."

Dan Boxer (Chairman of Easy Gardener) presented a case study on Easy Gardener; a manufacturer of weed control product made from Ingeo fiber spurred their commitment to be more eco-friendly as a result of the innovations offered by Ingeo-based products.

Sue Hall (Director of Climate Neutral Business Network) observed that "With the increasing recognition of greenhouse gases and climate change from a consumer perspective, is beginning to effect the kind of low carbon and carbon-neutral production emerging in market after market not only domestically, but worldwide.

Elettra Wiedemann, (Model and Environmentalist), along with activist Shalom Harlow, organized Future Fashion with Earth Pledge, which showcased top fashion designers creating designs using sustainable fabrics. "Fashion matters because if fashion, in the biggest sense of the word, can be rethought and reformed, it will be a huge step forward in our vision of sustainability."

Olivia Zaleski (Huffington Post and The Daily Green) "We are past the point of planting a tree, patting ourselves on the back and calling it a day. We are at the next step. Now science, technology and responsible innovation are working to integrate environmental best practice--seamlessly--into everyday life. It's innovation so seamless that compromise is not even a consideration; the consumer doesn't even have to think 'right choice vs. better choice.' Now the better choice can also be the right choice."

The Ingeo Earth Month Creative Gallery also featured an eco-fashion journey featuring ready-to-wear designs by DDCLAB, naturevsfuture, Project Runway contestant Elisa Jimenez, Marithé+François Girbaud, Monecouture by Daniela Barba, Christine Chang and Scott Amen from the 2008 graduating class of Parsons The New School for Design. Ingeo fabrics are becoming more commonplace in the fashion scene with couturier Maggie Norris creating a one of a kind design for her new eco-collection that will debut at the 2008 Go Green Expo Gala to benefit Riverkeeper. And just recently, Giambattista Valli and Bouddica each designed eveningwear made entirely from Ingeo fibers at the 2008 Earth Pledge FutureFashion show in New York.

Also on view is a one of a kind chair, the Sunset by furniture designer Christopher Pillet for Cappellini, which is part of the Ingeo Cult Seats project–a series of high end furniture from 4 leading Italian design showrooms which includes Driade: Lord Yo by Philippe Strack, Moroso: Witch Chair by Tord Boontje, and Zanotta: Sacco by Paolini Teodoro, and curated by Angela Ardisson. The Ingeo Cult Seats debut at the 2008 Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan, Italy.

Manufacture of Ingeo natural plastic and fibers uses 65 percent less fossil fuels and produces 80-90 percent less greenhouse gas emissions than conventional polymers. The data shows this new biopolymer to possess one of the lowest carbon footprints of any commercially available plastic, making it, as well as fibers made from it, a perfect ingredient choice for many eco-products today. To learn more about the full eco-profile of this ingenious material, visit natureworksllc.com.

For press inquiries, schedule an interview with Steve Davies for NatureWorks LLC, or to request a copy of the look book contact STATE Public Relations, at 646.714.2520, Kristina Ratliff at kristina@statepr.com or Ryan Urcia at ryan@statepr.com.

NatureWorks LLC is a company 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 biopolymers derived from 100 percent annually renewable resources with performance and economics that compete with oil-based plastics and fibers. The production of these biopolymers uses less fossil fuel and emits fewer green-house gases than conventional polymers. The company applies its proprietary technology to process natural plant sugars to make NatureWorks® biopolymer, which is then used uniquely to make and market finished products under the Ingeo brand name. NatureWorks LLC is a joint venture between Cargill in the US and Teijin Limited of Japan.

NEW YORK PARIS TOKYO | APRIL 22 – JUNE 5, 2008

The Ingeo Earth Month Creative Gallery will display a global selection of the latest Ingeo innovations, commercially available from the following brands and retailers:

  • Akti MED®: Schlafmond duvet in Ingeo (Germany)
  • Beantrees Fine Organic Coffee: Hot cup with a coating in Ingeo (USA)
  • Belu: mineral water bottle in Ingeo (UK)
  • Ben’s Land: baby layettes, crochet sweaters, T & polo shirts + fibrefill for pillows, wipes and diapers in Ingeo (China)
  • Cappellini Ingeo Cult Seat series, Sunset (Italy)
  • Cargo Cosmetics: Plant Love™ lipstick casing in Ingeo. Award winning product for the best eco-friendly packaging in show at the Health Beauty Aids Global Expo. (Canada)
  • Carrefour: bread- bags in Ingeo films (Belgium)
  • CDSB: clothing line focusing on social responsibility (Italy)
  • Clean Plus®: wet wipes in Ingeo (France)
  • Coop Italia Serviceware: disposable cups and plates made from Ingeo (Italy)
  • DDCLAB: classic shirt and men’s trousers in Ingeo fiber (USA)
  • Delhaize: environmental friendly packaging for salads, pastry, sandwiches (Belgium)
  • Demaflex: Pillow Naturalmente, in Ingeo (Italy)
  • Dorelan: Mattress fiberfill and cover made from Ingeo (Italy)
  • Easy Gardener: WeedBlock® Natural made from Ingeo (USA)
  • Elisa Jimenez: Project Runway contestant, dress realized in 100% Ingeo (USA)
  • Ennerev: high quality mattress made of Ingeo (Italy)
  • EOSTA:  Ingeo packaging (The Netherlands)
  • Faribault Woolen Mills: blankets made of Ingeo pure or in blends. (USA)
  • Fox River: socks made from Ingeo fiber (USA)
  • Gattinoni: bio sposa dress completely made from Ingeo fiber (Italy)
  • GM Life: pillow and duvet in Ingeo fiber (Korea)
  • Good Water Company: Good Water bottle, a bottle made entirely from Ingeo (New Zealand)
  • Green Mountain: coffee packaged in bags containing Ingeo film (USA)
  • Marithé + François Girbaud: Ready to Wear (France)
  • Mastronardi: box container for tomatoes in Ingeo (USA)
  • Marks & Spencer: packaging in Ingeo (UK)
  • Mercury: fiberfill quilts and pillows, filament mattress pad and filament blanket, all made from Ingeo fiber (China)
  • Ilip Bio: dishes in Ingeo (Italy)
  • Leclerc: Ingeo cookies trays (Canada)
  • Love’N: towels and nappies in Ingeo (Italy)
  • Method: sweeping cloths in Ingeo (USA)
  • Molina: pillow with padding and covering in Ingeo (Italy)
  • Monecouture by Daniela Barba: Ready to wear and accessories in Ingeo (Italy)
  • Nadia Fassi: Italian fitness brand using Ingeo in their key women’s line (Italy)
  • Natural Choice: diapers in Ingeo fiber (USA)
  • Naturally lowa: Organic milk and dairy brand bottling their products in Ingeo (USA)
  • naturevsfuture: triple tier dress in ruby red made from 100% Ingeo fiber (USA)
  • Noble Juice bottles made of Ingeo to showcases their fresh fruit juices (USA)
  • Pacific Coast Feather: pillow and duvet in Ingeo fiber (USA)
  • Priméale: foods in Ingeo plastic packaging (France)
  • Primo: a bottle made entirely from Ingeo (USA)
  • Rianne de Witte: tops, coats and trousers made from Ingeo (The Netherlands)
  • Sant’Anna: water bottle in Ingeo (Italy)
  • Sole Footbeds, packaging for orthopedic foot beds in Ingeo (USA)
  • Taylor Farms: box in Ingeo (USA)
  • The Greenery: sustainable foils made from Ingeo to package fruits and vegetables (The Netherlands)
  • Wal-Mart: Ingeo packaging for fresh fruits and vegetables (USA)
  • W.I.P.: sanitary towels and diapers, sold under trademark Naturaè and Love’N, are all made with Ingeo fiber (Italy)
  • Zucchi: duvet in Ingeo(Italy)

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About NatureWorks

NatureWorks LLC is a company 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 biopolymers derived from 100 percent annually renewable resources with performance and economics that compete with oil-based plastics and fibers. The production of these biopolymers uses less fossil fuel and emits fewer green-house gases than conventional polymers. The company applies its proprietary technology to process natural plant sugars to make NatureWorks® biopolymer, which is then used uniquely to make and market finished products under the Ingeo brand name. NatureWorks LLC is a joint venture between Cargill in the US and Teijin Limited of Japan. For more information, visit www.natureworksllc.com.

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