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NatureWorks, maker of Ingeo, partners with Climate Action for the 2011 United Nations Climate Change Conference COP17

MINNETONKA, Minn., October 6, 2011 – NatureWorks has formed a new partnership with Climate Action for the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference – the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) in Durban, South Africa, Nov. 28-Dec., 9, 2011.

This partnership will showcase NatureWorks’ commitment to sustainable materials innovation with Ingeo™, its low carbon footprint family of biopolymers from plants, not oil. NatureWorks has been involved with COP since 2009.

This involvement follows up NatureWorks Ingeo Earth Month in April, which featured the Ingeo Innovation Gallery at key events worldwide, showcasing a selection of top consumer brands committed to responsible product innovation.

"One of the core elements of our strategy is to communicate and innovate," said NatureWorks President and CEO, Marc Verbruggen. "That means displaying practical examples of intelligent innovation, with collections such as the Ingeo Innovation Gallery, and supporting synergy across the industry and between players that share common objectives and goals around carbon footprint reduction. Our new Climate Action partnership is a natural one following on the heels of a series of projects we worked with them over the last year."

Climate Action is a multimedia platform consisting of a website, newsletter and annual publication, produced in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP.) It aims to encourage businesses and large organizations to reduce their carbon footprint, and puts forward the business case for climate change – namely, that environmentally responsible operations can also be profitable. Climate Action 2011/2012 will bring together a high level array of authors focusing on the green economy as a pathway to climate resilient and low emission growth. It will provide some of the latest thinking from all sectors on climate change and the green economy, helping to shape the political debate leading to COP17 in Durban, South Africa.

In working with Climate Action and its partners for COP17, NatureWorks will attend the Dec. 7th kick-off reception in Durban, and will participate in a variety of Climate Action’s activities, including Climate Action’s publication and the communications around it to COP17 attendees and stakeholders. Follow NatureWorks on Twitter (@natureworksllc) for the latest updates.

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. For more information, visit www.natureworksllc.com.

About Climate Action

Since the Conference of Parties in Bali (COP13), Climate Action, in partnership with UNEP, has been the essential platform for governments, industry, international opinion leaders, distinguished academics and environmentalists to develop the business case for sustainable development and carbon neutrality. It is a multimedia platform and global forum that provides concrete steps that governments and businesses can take to reduce carbon footprints through ongoing dialogue and dedicated actions. With key editorial briefings and special reports from academics and leading figures on global climate change issues, Climate Action is an invaluable source of information for green issues.

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