NatureWorks Ingeo Products Gain “Second Life” After UN Conference on Climate Change

COPENHAGEN, January 14, 2010 – The exposition-grade carpet used during the UN Conference on Climate Change, enough to cover nearly five soccer fields, will not be disposed of in a landfill but instead is being taken to Belgium, where a new process will recycle the NatureWorks Ingeo™ fibers made from plants, not oil, into the building blocks of a second generation of products.

At the Bella Center where the United Nations global conference on climate change was held, December 7-18, more than 20,000 square meters (215,000 square feet) of ultra low carbon footprint Eco2punch® carpet manufactured by Sommer Needlepunch was used. Galactic, one of the largest lactic acid producers in the world, will now use its new LOOPLA® process to convert the carpet back to virgin lactic acid, a value added industrial feedstock and the building block for Ingeo biopolymer. Read more about LOOPLA at

Galactic is also recycling the Eco2punch carpet and all the NatureWorks Ingeo food service items used during the Nordic Fashion Summit held in Copenhagen on December 9. Those food service items included cutlery by CDS, plates by I.L.P.A. Srl, and cold cups by Ecozema, respectively.

“NatureWorks and dozens of its customers showcased in Copenhagen a compelling set of innovations that are making a difference to climate change and energy usage every day by using renewably sourced, low carbon Ingeo”, said Marc Verbruggen, president and chief executive officer of NatureWorks LLC. “Galactic is instituting a true cradle-to-cradle reuse of Ingeo and leveraging those benefits for future users of a second generation of products. This is truly a milestone in the bioplastics industry because we are not talking about what will happen in the future, but experiencing that reality today.”

Other NatureWorks News from Copenhagen
The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) and EuropaBio hosted a technology conference and showcase on December 17. More than 25 companies that utilize Ingeo bioplastic participated in the showcase. There were multifunction printers from Canon, computers from Fujitsu and NEC, a new fountain cup from Coca-Cola, fresh food deli containers from Target Corporation’s Archer Farms brand, iPhone covers from Bioserie, and many more. See photos and read descriptions of all the products on display in the Ingeo COP5 Special Edition LookBook.

An outfit using fabric made with Ingeo won the Nordic Initiative Fashion Summit. The winning design by Finland’s Saara Lepokorpi featured a hand-painted jacket made with an Ingeo nonwoven by Fama Jersey and a dress made with milk fiber by Olimpias.

Huhtamaki, headquartered in Espoo, Finland, estimated that 285,000 BioWare® cups and 12,000 deli containers made of Ingeo and used by climate change delegates effectively eliminated the amount of greenhouse gas generated by driving an average European automobile 19,803 kilometers (12,305 miles). Read more.

Saara Lepokorpi design
*Photo courtesy of Danish Fashion Institute

Huhtamaki BioWare cup
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.


BioWare is a registered trademark of Huhtamaki.
Eco2punch is a registered trademark of Sommer Needlepunch

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