KLM, the first airline to introduce the environmentally friendly Ingeo-lined cup

Updated: November 11, 2009

MINNETONKA, Minn., June 16, 2009 – KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has become the first global carrier to switch from using conventional oil-based polystyrene coffee and tea cups to paper ones made with Ingeo™ coating.  Initially introduced at the beginning of November 2008, these cups are now being used as the responsible alternative across the whole KLM fleet. Ingeo natural plastic is made from plants, not oil.

The Ingeo initiative is one of many that KLM has taken to reach its goal to become the airline with the best sustainability practices in the world. “The introduction of the Ingeo cups on board fits in perfectly with our sustainability policy. Our staff on board are also enthusiastic as the cups are not only environmentally friendly, but also easy to store and have a good design as well,” said Bart Vos, Executive Vice President, In-flight Services of KLM.

This cup is the result of a partnership between KLM, Moonen Packaging, and NatureWorks LLC.  The decision to use Ingeo biopolymer was made for both practical and environmental benefits.  The main structure of the cup has a natural paper base.  The Ingeo natural plastic coating provides excellent moisture barrier properties and grease resistance.  The Ingeo-lined paper cups are also lighter yet rigid, so they pack and store better in flight than traditional foam cups.

Moonen Packaging, a specialist in development, marketing, and distribution of innovative service ware solutions, also supplies Ingeo coated cups to media companies, coffee retailers, and others.

“NatureWorks is pleased with the good relationship we have built with KLM and the fact they are the world’s first airline to use the Ingeo coated cup for on board catering,” said Mark Vergauwen, European Manager NatureWorks BV.

Ingeo is derived entirely from annually renewable plant resources.  Compared to a traditional plastic such as PET, Ingeo uses 56 percent less non-renewable energy and reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 77 percent.  The new KLM cup can be composted in controlled industrial systems where available locally. For more information about Ingeo, visit

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 Ingeo™ biopolymers derived from 100 percent annually renewable resources with performance and economics that compete with oil-based plastics and fibers.


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

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