Ingeo News: July 2021

NatureWorks Welcomes PGA Tour Winner, Brendon Todd, as First Golf Ambassador

MINNETONKA, Minn., June 16, 2021NatureWorks, the world's leading manufacturer of low-carbon PLA biopolymers made from renewable resources, announced today its sponsorship of PGA Tour winner Brendon Todd. Todd will be featured in NatureWorks's social media efforts and corporate brand development opportunities. The NatureWorks logo will be displayed on Todd's shirt at all PGA Tour events he participates in this year including the upcoming United States Open Championship.

"We are excited to continue building on our long-term commitment to the growth of sustainability in sports by welcoming Brendon Todd as NatureWorks's first golf ambassador," said Rich Altice, President and CEO of NatureWorks. "Brendon Todd is a very talented golfer whose perseverance and success throughout his career mirrors that of NatureWorks as we continue to grow the market and develop innovative applications for our Ingeo biopolymer."

Capsule Companies Crank It Up: STiR Magazine

The fast pace of growth in the market for capsule coffee shows little sign of slowing down and with demand continuing to grow, so does continued emphasis on new product development, multifaceted segmentation, and diversification into new materials. STiR Magazine interviewed NatureWorks’ Flavio Di Marcotullio for his expert insight into the booming compostable coffee capsule market.

Read the full article here.

NatureWorks is an Official Sustainability Partner of the 2021 3M Open

We are pleased to announce we’re an official Sustainability Partner of the 2021 3M Open in Blaine, MN July 19 - 25th. We’re proud to sponsor an event that will have a positive impact on our local community and further the economic and environmentally sustainability of the Twin Cities metro.

For the event, we partnered with See Box to promote custom printed compostable drinking cups made with Ingeo for use in tournament cabins (below). Compostable food serviceware like these cups can be an important part of capturing food waste at events and diverting it away from landfills to compost. Diverting more food waste to compost reduces methane emissions from landfills and helps produce an important soil amendment that can help us grow better food and sequester more carbon in our soils. We look forward to being a continued partner with the 3M Open in building a more sustainable future for golf.

Tackling Waste with a Holistic Approach

Along with the heightened difficulty of managing waste during the pandemic, waste issues in venues will continue to be a focus as events begin returning to full capacity. At the 2021 Green Sports Alliance Summit, NatureWorks’ Leah M. Ford moderated an expert panel featuring Curtis Schmillen, Director of Operations from U.S. Bank Stadium, Judd Michael from Penn State University, and David Fridland, Sustainability Manager at Eco-Products as they discussed challenges and best practices from the perspective of professional venues, universities, and product suppliers.

If you missed the GSA Summit this year, you can still register online and receive on-demand access to every session until the end of July 2021. Register here.    



NEW: Target Organics Hub
The US Composting Council introduced the Target Organics Hub to Help Communities Build Infrastructure - a site full of resources to help communities plan, attract, open and run compost facilities, and market the compost that is produced as well as add to or improve existing composting and organics processing. NatureWorks was proud to contribute to this great new effort as members of the Corporate Compost Leadership Council.

3D Printing

Bio-based Composites Development for 3D Printing
A great tech collaboration is underway between UMaine Advanced Structures and Composites Center, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and NatureWorks to develop bio-composites based on Ingeo 3D700 and nano-cellulose for large format 3D printing as an alternative to composites using petrochemical-based options like carbon fiber-ABS.

The UMaine program is part of a hub and spoke collaboration with Oak Ridge National Labs and is funded by the US Department of Energy (DOE) with a focus on local and sustainable industries like marine and renewable energy industries as well as valuable outlets for Maine's forest products industry.

Food Serviceware

Novolex Announces New Manufacturing Line
Recently, Novolex, announced the addition of a new manufacturing line in Chattanooga, TN to produce Eco-Products industrially compostable cups made from plant based PLA. The cups are BPI-certified for compostability and compost made from the cups and other compostable materials can be used as soil amendment by gardeners, landscapers, and commercial growers to help new plants grow. Read more in Plastics Today.



3M Open | July 22 - 25, 2021 | Blaine, Minnesota
The 3M Open now marks a new era in MN golf. As an official PGA TOUR stop and part of the FedEx Cup series, the 3M Open brings the world’s best golfers and elite competition to the Twin Cities. NatureWorks will be sponsoring this event and bringing some of our zero-waste event experience to the event goers.

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VP, Technology | Plymouth, MN
The VP, Technology is accountable for the operation and administrative leadership of the Technology Organization. This role defines the vision for Technology development and leadership within the company and works cross functionally to ensure long term value creation and growth for the company. Sets the cultural expectations for knowledge management, continuous improvement, and a learning organization. Responsible to work cross functionally to ensure that all activities are driving commercial excellence, operational excellence, specialization, and people.

Controller - Accounting Operations and Controls | Plymouth, MN
The Controller - Accounting Operations and Controls is responsible for driving the accounting operations of NatureWorks. Coaches team of professionals in accounting, closing, global consolidation, inventory, and reconciliation. Leader in the production of the month end process, maintenance of the records systems, set of controls and budgets. Operations should be comprehensive and designed to mitigate risk, enhance the accuracy of the Company's reported financial results and ensure reported results comply with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) where necessary.

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