Ingeo News: Volume 11, Issue 1
November 6, 2014
DOE awards $2.5 million to NatureWorks
Ingeo eco-profile updated using the latest data and modeling software
A material’s eco-profile is an essential input to any full life cycle assessment (LCA) conducted on products made from that material. Using the latest databases and computer modeling available and partnering with PE International, NatureWorks has updated its four-year-old Ingeo eco-profile. Initial results reinforce the fact that compared to such commonly used plastics as polystyrene (PS), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), and polycarbonate (PC), Ingeo polymer pellets emit fewer greenhouse gases and consume less non-renewable energy during manufacture. Read more.
NatureWorks continues to support Green Sports Alliance
In NatureWorks third year supporting the Green Sports Alliance in producing their annual summit, NatureWorks Public Affairs Director Steve Davies joined a panel “Digging Deeper Into Compost” hosted by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) at the Green Sports Alliance Summit this summer. In a session that included panelist discussion of everything from compostable product specification, to collection bin design, Davies detailed the most recent work at Penn State with Ingeo foodservice ware. A number of NatureWorks partners also exhibited their offerings.
The Green Sports Alliance is a nonprofit organization with a mission to help sports teams, venues, and leagues enhance their environmental performance. The Alliance brings together venue operators, sports team executives, and environmental experts to exchange information about better practices and develop solutions to their environmental challenges that are both cost competitive and innovative. Alliance members currently represent over 120 professional and collegiate sports teams and venues from 7 different sports leagues.
Teknor Apex tops list of six finalists with Terraloy® Ingeo compounds
SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association presented the second annual Innovation in Bioplastics Award to Teknor Apex for the development of Terraloy® Ingeo-based compounds, which exhibit both high impact and heat resistant properties. SPI’s Bioplastics Council noted that Teknor Apex’s free-flowing resins, used in both injection molding and extrusion/thermoforming processes, streamline the Ingeo crystallization process and retain key bioplastic values such as FDA compliance, high bio-based content, and compostability. Read more.
NATUREWORKS IN THE NEWS
Calysta Demonstrates Lab-Scale Production of Lactic Acid from Methane
Calysta, Inc. announced it has successfully fermented methane into lactic acid in its laboratory under research collaboration with NatureWorks. Lactic acid is the building block for Ingeo, lactide intermediates and polymers used in consumer and industrial products worldwide. The joint development program, started in June 2013 between Calysta and NatureWorks, is focused on creation of a commercially viable methane-to-lactic-acid process. The key aims are providing a structurally simplified, lower cost Ingeo production platform and diversifying NatureWorks’ feedstock portfolio. Read more.
October 26-29 | Portland, OR
Professor Judd Michael (Penn State University) and Doug Kunnemann (Global Segment Leader Foodservice), presented on how Ingeo serviceware can enable zero waste initiatives.
China & Asia Disposable Hygiene Product Forum 2014
October 28-29 | Guangzhou, China
Pauline Ning presented Naturally Advanced Ingeo Fibers and Nonwovens for Disposable Hygiene Products.
October 31, 2014 | Beverly Hills, CA
Steve Davies, Public Affairs Communications Director, participated in the 500 Billion Pounds: Transitioning from Plastic panel.
6th International Conference on Technology & Application of Biodegradable/Biobased Plastics
November 1-3, 2014 | Anhui, China
Jim Nangeroni, Technical Service and Development Global Functional Lead, presented Ingeo Bioplastics Expand Applications Space with Continued Performance Improvements.
PCI Fibres Istanbul
November 6-7 | Istanbul, Turkey
Eamonn Tighe will present on Ingeo PLA in fibers and nonwovens.
CINBIOS Forum for Industrial Biotechnology & the Biobased Economy
November 7 | Mechelen, Belgium
Erwin Vink will present The value of using sugar beets as the 1st generation feedstock for bioplastics in Europe.
November 10-12 | San Francisco, CA
Marc Verbruggen, CEO, will present The Big View: What’s Next in Chemicals and Biomaterials.
Textile Exchange Conference – Textile Sustainability
November 10-12 | Portland, OR
Robert Green, Global Fibers/Nonwovens Segment Leader will present on the Design & Materials: Preferred Synthetics and Man-Made Cellulosic Materials panel.
November 11 | White Bear Lake, MN
Dan Sawyer, Global Segment Leader New Business will present on sustainable 3D printing.
Cradle to Cradle Products Institute’s C2C Symposium
November 13, 2014 New York, NY
Steve Davies, Public Affairs Communications Director, will share Ingeo case studies in the breakout session Material Reutilization: Circular Strategies.
November 21 | Singapore
Watid Watanyupaisan, Technical Service & Development Engineer, will present Ingeo Bioplastics Expand Applications Space with Continued Performance Improvements.
December 2-3 | Brussels, Belgium
Salvador Ortega, SA Business Development Manager, will participate in the “Biobased Labeling” panel and stop by our booth.