Ingeo News: Volume 8, Issue 1

January 18, 2011

NatureWorks and Climate Action partner at UN Conference on Climate Change

During December’s UNFCCC's Conference of the Parties (COP16) in Cancun, Mexico, NatureWorks, LLC and Climate Action showed how leading international brands are using Ingeo™ to cut carbon usage: At Climate Action’s December 3 opening reception, a range of Ingeo-based consumer products were displayed in an "innovation gallery." Explaining Climate Action's interest in the COP16 partnership with NatureWorks, the organization's CEO David McConnell said, "These tangible products turn what is for many an abstract discussion about climate policy into a set of concrete choices that consumers can make in their everyday purchasing decisions."

NatureWorks estimated that the aggregated environmental benefit from the products on display in Cancun could exceed 12 million kilowatt hours of energy savings and a decrease in greenhouse gases emitted by as much as 16.8 million pounds.

Below is a sampling of the products included in the Ingeo Innovation gallery.


In-Flight Cold Drink Cups, Avianca

Colombia-based airline Avianca, with a history of over 90 years, was the first commercial airline founded in the Americas and the second in the world. Now Avianca’s passengers enjoy cold drinks served from attractive Ingeo cups.Read more.


Pritt ECOmfort Correction Roller, Henkel

The latest innovation to its Correction Roller assortment is the high performance Pritt ECOmfort Correction roller. The solvent-free correction roller is the first in the world with a shell made from 89% Ingeo biopolymer. Read more.


Urara Personal Care, Shiseido

Shiseido, a major Japanese and international cosmetics company, launched last year in China its URARA branded shampoo, conditioner, body soap and other personal care products packaged in new Ingeo natural plastic bottles.Read more.


Marketside Produce Packaging, Walmart

Walmart has chosen plant-based Ingeo natural packaging to complement their fresh Marketside organic salads, salsas, and bagged spinach.Read more.

Eco Products

Organizers draft Ingeo foodservice items for duty at the Climate Change Conference

As part of its newly launched Environmental Leadership for Competitiveness program, UN Climate Change Conference organizers purchased quantities of foodservice ware items from Colorado-based Eco-Products® for use in conference food courts. The foodservice ware included 100 percent renewable Ingeo-lined World Art™ coffee cups, clear GreenStripe® cold cups, straws, hinged take-out containers, and deli containers. Using the low carbon Ingeo from NatureWorks supported the competitiveness program’s goal of avoiding consumption of 200,000 cubic meters of water and the release of 4,000 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere.

Packaging World magazine December cover story on Stonyfield Farm’s switch to Ingeo-based yogurt multipacks

Researcher questions validity of controversial University of Pittsburgh life cycle study

Climate Action Partners with NatureWorks for COP16

s-bag® GREEN – the first dust bag in the world using Ingeo

Henkel & Ingeo: Investing in technology and sustainability for better products


s-bag® GREEN, Electrolux

s-bag is a high-tech innovation and the first dust bag in the world using Ingeo biopolymer. s-bag GREEN is made from completely renewable sources, with Ingeo fibers from plants not oil, natural rubber, and recycled cardboard. Read more.


"Nucycle", NEC

The "Nucycle" plant based formulation illustrates the NEC Group’s unique material development technology and capabilities. Nucycle significantly expands the application of Ingeo PLA bioplastics into products where performance features such as durability, safety, and high levels of flame retardancy are of paramount importance. Read more.


Organic Yogurt Multipack Cups, Stonyfield Farm

Global organic yogurt leader Stonyfield Farm has replaced all of its petroleum- based multipack yogurt cups with cups made from plant-based Ingeo. A first for the dairy industry, these cups reduce the package's greenhouse gas emissions by 48%. Read more


New Ingeo LookBook debuted at the UN conference

The products at the COP16 Innovation Gallery represented only a small portion of the latest real-market Ingeo applications. To give delegates and guests a fuller appreciation of the breadth of new products, NatureWorks prepared a special COP16 edition Ingeo LookBook. Packaging, electronics, clothing, housewares, health and personal care, semi-durable products, and the foodservice items were included in the 58 page special edition LookBook.

Upcoming Events

United States Composting Council Annual Conference
January 24-27, Santa Clara, California
Steve Davies, Marketing Director at NatureWorks, will present Compostable Plastics 101.

Bioplastics: Reshaping an Industry
February 1-3, Las Vegas, Nevada
Frank Diodato, Business Director Durables at NatureWorks, will present Ingeo PLA - Entering the Durables Sector.

Biobased Chemicals Europe: Building the Value Chain
February 8-10, 2010, Milan, Italy
Stefano Cavallo, Marketing Manager EU at NatureWorks, will join the panel discussion, Getting to Flash Point - Connecting Market Pull and Technology Push.

Next Generation Biobased Chemicals Summit
February 14-17, San Diego, California
Marc Verbruggen, President/CEO of NatureWorks, will be on two panels: Enabling the Growth of a Bio-Based Chemicals Industry and Catalyzing the Value Chain with Equity and Government Support

Sustainability in Packaging (PIRA)
February 22-24, Orlando, Florida
Steve Davies, Marketing Director at NatureWorks, will presents Advances in the Ingeo Application Space.

Congreso Reacciona TEC
March 24-25, Monterrey, Mexico
Salvador Ortega will be presenting.

AMI Bioplastics Compounding & Processing
March 29-30, Miami, Florida
Jed Randall, Sr. Research Scientist at NatureWorks, will present Fabricating and Formulating Ingeo Resins for High Temperature, High Performance Applications.



Innovation Takes Root 2012

NatureWorks announced the third installment of Innovation Takes Root, the international biopolymers forum, will be held February 20-22, 2012, at the Omni ChampionsGate Resort in Orlando, Florida. At the second conference held in 2010, more than 300 attendees representing 190 organizations in 30 different countries gathered to discuss the latest biopolymer developments in blends, additives, and processing, as well as retail and product trends.


Polenghi bottle receives innovation award

At last October’s SIAL 2010 conference and exhibition held in Paris, one of the largest food industry events in the world, the Polenghi Ingeo bottle was one of only 15 products out of more than 800 to receive a Trends and Innovations Award from event organizers. Polenghi estimates the conversion to Ingeo will conserve 1,000 barrels of oil and reduce CO2 emissions by 126 tons. 


Ingeo cups at international sporting events in Italy

Ingeo cups are turning out to be a must have item at international sporting events in Italy. At the invitation of event organizer IDECOM, NatureWorks’ partner ISAP supplied Ingeo cold drink cups to the FIVB Volleyball Championships in Italy. The eight city tournament culminated with a final match in Rome. Ingeo cold drink cups were supplied by NatureWorks’ partner ILIP to event organizer IDECOM for the International New Year’s Eve Run BOclassic in Bolzano, Italy.

Avianca continued...
Today, Avianca remains committed to providing safe, friendly, timely and agile service, and its goal is to become the leading Latin American Airline. Now, both in-flight and in their lounges, all of Avianca’s passengers enjoy cold drinks served from attractive Ingeo cups that are not only colorful with a range of designs, but also made from the earth with CO2 emissions considerably lower than cups made from traditional plastics. Avianca collects the cups after use, returning them to the earth by composting at the Colombian Environmental Control Center’s industrial composting facility.

Electrolux continued...
Forty-two percent less petroleum is being used in the production and the amount of greenhouse gases generated is 32 percent lower. s-bag® GREEN has up to 50 percent longer lifespan than paper dust bags and is TÜV certified.

Henkel continued...
Switching the annual production of the roller to a renewable plastic source will save the equivalent of 21,400 liters (5,600 gallons) of gasoline, reducing greenhouse gases equal to driving a car 286,400 kilometers (178,000 miles).

NEC continued...
Life cycle analysis (LCA) demonstrates that "Nucycle", with high Ingeo bio-content (~75% plant based) offers significant carbon footprint reduction, lowering CO2 emissions ~ 50% compared to the petroleum-based polycarbonate/ABS blends used in the past.

Shiseido continued...
The URARA branded products are now available at more than 3,500 retail locations throughout China. Chinese consumers are increasingly focused on products and manufacturing activities that are more environmentally sustainable. Shiseido has seen Chinese consumers respond favorably to the new bottle, which is 51 percent Ingeo natural plastic resin in composition.

Stonyfield continued...
This means that by using Ingeo instead of polystyrene for their multipacks, Stonyfield reduces its carbon footprint by 1,875 metric tons of CO2 a year. That’s equal to the CO2 emissions from 4,360 barrels of oil, or the greenhouse gases from the energy used in 160 homes for an entire year. In fact, this one change in packaging reduces the total global warming impact of Stonyfield’s packaging by 9 percent. According to Stonyfield, if all dairy companies in the United States follow suit and replace their polystyrene containers with these plant-based plastics, carbon dioxide emissions can be reduced by 671,234 metric tons a year. That’s equal to the emissions from 1.5 million barrels of oil. Stonyfield would like to see that happen, and has made its sustainable packaging research available to any other company that wants it at

Walmart continued...
Also, look for Ingeo packaging in the produce section for fresh cut fruit, vegetables, and tomatoes. Ingeo based gift cards are also available at Sam’s Club stores. NatureWorks estimates that by using Ingeo instead of PET, Walmart Stores in 2010 has achieved a savings in fossil fuel usage of 25,971 barrels of oil per year, and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions equal to eliminating the CO2 emissions from driving a car 20,885,635 miles.