Ingeo News: Vol 15, Iss 4

May 2020

NatureWorks partners with Nonwovens Institute in production of 10 million N95 masks for healthcare workers fighting COVID-19


As the world faces a critical shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) for medical workers confronting the COVID-19 crisis, a long-standing partnership between  NatureWorks and the Nonwovens Institute (NWI) at North Carolina State University (NC State) has resulted in a new spunbond nonwoven technology enabling the production of at least 10 million additional N95 surgical masks. NWI has converted the use of its research and training pilot production line to produce the face mask materials, and NatureWorks has donated the Ingeo resin needed to produce the spunbond material.

“Donating the Ingeo needed for this application was an easy decision,” said Rich Altice, president and CEO of NatureWorks. “We wanted to support NWI, our long-time partner, as they create devices that will protect the healthcare workers who will take care of us, our families, our colleagues, and our communities in this crisis.” Read full release.

A Circular Economy for 3D Printed Plastics Starts with Material

3D printing

Senior Editor for Additive Manufacturing magazine, Stephanie Hendrixson, wrote a great, in-depth piece about the importance of choosing materials like biopolymers as a step toward more sustainable 3D printing. She discusses how frameworks like Ellen MacArthur Foundation's New Plastics Economy can help guide sustainability efforts and showcases how companies like Oak Ridge Labs and Flo have chosen more sustainable options for their large scale projects.

Ultimately, Hendrixson finds a circular economy for plastics involves plastics producers, plastics reclaimers, and the choices made in between. She says carefully considering material choice in the design phase is crucial and we should be on the lookout for new opportunities in the waste stream. Read the article.

International Composting Awareness Week

The 25th anniversary of International Composting Awareness Week is happening May 3 - 9th. In celebration, this year, we at NatureWorks, are reflecting on the value of compost.

Visit NatureWorks' composting page to learn more about how to compost Ingeo biomaterials, our certifications, as well as compost studies that demonstrate how compostable products can effectively deliver food waste back to compost like our recent "Industrial Composting of Ingeo-based Gea Coffee Capsules" which we conducted with Flo and Italian Composting and Biogas Association (CIC).

Be sure to join us on social media as we contribute in building awareness about the benefits of compost use and organics recycling!

America's Greenest Ballpark

In partnerships with Pentair and Eco-Products, Target Field, home to the Minnesota Twins baseball team, is the Greenest Ballpark in America
Our partner, Eco-Products, provides the vast majority of concessions packaging which means packaging at this field has become compostable. Bins for compostable organics disposal are located throughout Target field to help reduce the impact on the environment and send more food waste to compost. Between 2011 - 2019 over 12 tons of waste has been diverted away from local landfills. Read more.

Earth Day and Innovation

In celebration of this year's 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we reflected on innovations that give insight into what a more mindfully sustainable and less wasteful world could look like in the future. One innovation we highlighted this year was the study we published with Oak Ridge Labs about a refrigerator liner made with Ingeo that can reduce energy use 7% to 13% annually over the lifetime of a refrigerator. Read more.                          



Slant 3D starts manufacturing their own filament made with Ingeo for PPE
In response to the COVID-19 outbreak and lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers, Slant 3D decided to turn their 3D filament extrusion lines toward producing affordable Ingeo-based PLA filament for use by 3D printers in their local area of Idaho and beyond to make medical protective gear. Learn More.

3D Fuel produces low-cost, high-quality filament for PPE production
3D-Fuel says they immediately saw the need to do their part in helping healthcare workers get PPE and discounted all their products to help those 3D printing face shields produce as many as possible.They are continuing to offer discounted pricing, but now they have also added a large quantity of their Midnight Black Standard PLA made with Ingeo biomaterials specifically for producing PPE. The filament comes in no-frills packaging and is available in both 1.75mm and 2.85mm. Read more.

Matterhackers COVID-19 Maker Response Hub prints and delivers
Matterhackers saw the need for healthcare PPE and started their very successful COVID-19 Maker Response Hub for makers who can help print, those who can donate materials, and healthcare workers who find themselves in need of crucial PPE. To date, Matterhackers and their networks have made and delivered over 60,000 3D printed PPE items to 181 hospitals and the numbers keep climbing. Learn More. 

Flexible Films

V-Shapes provides a biobased solution for Snappd
Lifestyle Packaging has recently launched their biobased one-hand single dose sachet dispensers called Snappd. The V-Shapes biobased packaging is made with more than 80% renewable resources including Ingeo biomaterials. These low-carbon solutions are an easy to open and space saving option for consumers.

Food Serviceware

good natured launches new line of Ingeo-based cups, cutlery, and containers
good natured successfully launched their new line of 22 plant-based certified compostable and biodegradable cups, bowls, take-out containers, plates, and cutlery. All of the compostable hot cups and soup bowls are lined with Ingeo and the compostable lids for the cups and bowls as well as the cutlery are made of Ingeo biomaterials. Read More.

Single-Serve Beverages

Compostable Coffee Capsules Deliver Espresso
Italian coffee roaster Covim produces its own brand and private-label products in 100% bio-based, compostable coffee capsules made with Ingeo biomaterials. These new capsules come from a collaboration between Covim and packaging supplier Flo, maker of GEA capsules, and the low-carbon Ingeo material from NatureWorks. Read more.

Gea compostable coffee capsules celebrate 2 year anniversary
2 years ago, Flo produced Gea, the first fully bio-based coffee capsule made with Ingeo biomaterials. Since inception, they have been and continue to be the new generation of single-serve capsules designed to meet the needs of roasters and coffee lovers as well as the sustainably minded.                     



AMI Single-Serve Capsules | March 3 - 4 | Austin, TX

NatureWorks both exhibited and spoke at the AMI Single-Serve Capsules event earlier this year. We had Jim Nangeroni, NatureWorks' Director of Applications Development and Business Development Leader, David Stanton, on the ground at the event. David addressed attendees on coffee capsules made with Ingeo and how we can close the loop in capsule sustainability without compromise to the flavor and aroma we all love in that perfect cup of coffee.

SPC Impact | April 1 | Webinar

NatureWorks' Nicole Whiteman joined an SPC Impact panel, "Finding Common Ground in Paper and Plastic". The event was a lively discussion about how achieving “sustainability” is not simply a question of paper or plastic. Correct material choices and appropriate packaging solutions must also be considered.


6th World PLA Congress
October 7 - 8 | Munich, Germany
NatureWorks' Erwin Vink will present "Designing the Complexity of Organics Recycling".

October 20 - 23 | Palexpo, Geneva
NatureWorks set to exhibit at this event.

14th Bioplastics Market
October 21 - 22 | Bangkok
NatureWorks' Ian Toh will be present "Step-changes to creating a circular economy for biomaterials".

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