NatureWorks LLC Marks the Fourth Annual Ingeo Earth Month

Exhibit and round table discussion demonstrates how "responsible innovation comes to everyday life," including a look through the lens of eco-artist Chris Jordan

TOKYO, June 3, 2008 – "Responsible innovation comes to everyday life" and is readily available now at your local retail and department stores. NatureWorks LLC presenting the finale piece of the fourth annual Ingeo™ Earth Month, a month long series of events that has taken place in cities across the world.

The closing event will take place today in Tokyo in the form of a creative gallery – a pop-up exhibition and a round-table panel discussion. The event is being held at Ecozzeria on 10F Shin Marunouchi Building, 1-5-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo and will highlight more sustainable innovative products in the latest showcase for everyday living.

The Ingeo Earth Month Creative Gallery has already been shown in both New York and Paris as part of a NatureWorks global initiative to share the message and mission of its ingenious Ingeo brand and its part in this provocative and intriguing exhibition of commercial products and lifestyle concepts designed to make a difference in how we shop, consume and live.

The Ingeo Earth Month Creative Gallery showcases the reality and detail of this fast track market development. In Japan, you will find these Ingeo innovations on sale including new food and beverage bio-packaging essentials, clothing, cards, shoes, toys, electronics, appliances, personal care, furnishings and textiles for the home. These innovative products, all for everyday use, make Ingeo™ the naturally better brand of choice that’s changing the shape of how we shop and live.

Visitors will experience a journey beginning with the reality of mass consumption and accumulated waste through the lens of environmental artist Chris Jordan, and explore the response and solutions for an alternative way of responsible living through three cubical art installations using Ingeo products. Chris Jordan will present his ideas and work in-person, setting the scene for the debate about how we can all contribute to changing the way we consume goods and deal with waste.

The Creative Gallery is a solution to this dilemma and can be enjoyed in an Art Cube installation designed by Brian Hamecs. You will also be able to see, touch and feel the new face of fashion in that ranges from pure couture by Gattinoni to upcoming designers out of Parsons in New York, and cutting edge looks from Marithé et François Girbaud as well as the highly innovative ensembles from Masako Oka’s Ecomako collection. On top of all of this, the Ingeo™ Gallery will also display a selection of the latest Ingeo innovations commercially available in Japan.

NatureWorks is also hosting a round-table discussion from 2pm-3:30pm, with key leaders who make responsible innovation easily accessible and readily available to the mass market. Panelists include Toshi Ide, Lohas Business Alliance; Hiroyuki Mori, Sony; Hiroki Yamamura, MoonStar, Chris Jordan, photographic artist; and Grant Hall from Good Water. A cocktail party to celebrate will follow from 3:30pm-4:30pm.

NatureWorks LLC selected Tokyo for its Ingeo Earth Month finale as Japan is one of the most important and advanced markets for eco-issues, leading many of the key environmental research initiatives today. This event highlights the company’s commitment to the Japanese market through the opening of its NatureWorks Japan Ltd. office in May and in preparation for participation in such events and the Bio-Japan and Eco-Products shows later this year.

NatureWorks LLC manufactures a family of commercially available, low carbon footprint Ingeo natural plastic materials. Ingeo natural plastic is an ingenious innovation derived from 100 percent annually renewable plant resources not oil, and with cost and performance benefits that compete with conventional 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 manufacturing of Ingeo bioplastics uses 65 percent less fossil fuels and produces 80-90 percent less greenhouse gas emissions than conventional polymers. To learn more about the full Ingeo™ eco-profile visit the NatureWorks LLC website at 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. Production is being currently increased to match upcoming global demands and expected to be optimized to 140,000 tons by the second quarter 2009.

For members of the press who wish to attend, to schedule an interview with Steve Davies, Global Marketing Director, NatureWorks LLC, or to request a media kit, kindly contact Pauline Ning via email at or contact Hidemi Taguma at or +81-03-6439-1801.

NatureWorks LLC, its partners and Ingeo: making contemporary products for everyone to make better, more balanced choices.  Ingeo innovations are made uniquely from NatureWorks® biopolymer.

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


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