Ingeo News: Volume 14, Issue 7

November 2019

First Annual New Plastics Economy Global Commitment Progress Report Published

NatureWorks' progress toward 100% certification of sustainable agricultural feedstocks highlighted in newly published New Plastics Economy report. 

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the UN Environment Programme recently published the first annual New Plastics Economy Global Commitment progress report. The report provides an unprecedented level of transparency on how almost 200 businesses and governments are reshaping the plastics system. 

This first publication is an important step in the Foundation’s mission to accelerate the transition towards a circular economy. Launched in 2018, the Global Commitment now includes over 400 signatories and NatureWorks is among them as a proud member.

As a signatory, NatureWorks committed to the following in support of sustainable agriculture for bioplastics:

  • By 2019, 60 percent of the company’s feedstock will be certified as sustainably and responsibly managed via ISCC PLUS.
  • By 2020, 100 percent of feedstock will be certified as sustainably and responsibly managed via ISCC PLUS.
  • By 2025, 100 percent of new feedstocks for additional manufacturing capacity will be certified as sustainably and responsibly managed via an independent third-party administered program.
See the steps we've taken along with leaders like Unilever, Mars, and PepsiCo and continuing plans for the future. Read the report here.

The Plastics Problem - A Roundtable Discussion

NatureWorks' Vice President of Performance Polymers, Robert Green, recently joined a roundtable of fiber producers and sustainability experts for an article in International Fiber Journal. The roundtable offers some perspectives on the way forward for the fiber industry from various stakeholders familiar with the plastics problem in general and including regulatory concerns, the definition of plastics infrastructure challenges, and what the fiber industry of the future will look like. Read the article here.

Partnerships and product design will also be a great influencer on the development of infrastructure. We need to partner with everyone from local governments to the after-use value chain of waste haulers, recyclers, composters, etc., to affect change in infrastructure.

Robert Green, Vice President of Performance Polymers, NatureWorks

Vercet™ Polyols in Urethane Coatings

Polylactic Acid Polyols in Urethane Coatings, written by NatureWorks' Bill Coggio, Mike Gehrung, and Matt Tjosaas, provides closer insight into how Vercet™ PLA polyols expand the formulator's toolbox for the development of coatings with improved key properties such as hardness, adhesion, solvent resistance, and fracture. Many of the Vercet™ polyols discussed in this article are also compatible with common polyols such as certain adipates, polyethers, and caprolactone polyols, and therefore further expands the coating formulation window. Knowing the influence of the PLA structure on the coating properties opens up the use of Vercet™ polyols for the development of high-performance, bio-based urethane coatings that can bring value and sustainability for wood, paper, and metal substrates. Read the full article.



IC3D prints bell replica from the first battleship New Jersey (BB-16) with Ingeo. The Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial decided to to seek out a replica of the bell from the first battleship New Jersey (BB-16) commissioned in 1906 and part of Teddy Roosevelt's "Great White Fleet" from 1907 to 1909. BB-16’s last voyage in 1919 brought home U.S. soldiers from Europe after World War I. In 1923 she was sunk as a target and the bell is all that remains of her.

Our partner, IC3D, was commissioned to print the replica for the Battleship New Jersey museum and they used an Ingeo-based filament to print the historic bell.

Made of high-quality Ingeo™ biopolymer, FIL-A-GEHR PLA® stands out for its great dimensional stability, its high level of stiffness, as well as its high elastic modulus. Long-term tests have shown that embrittlement on the coil does not occur and reduced energy consumption and low nozzle temperatures while printing are other advantageous properties of this material. Furthermore, it can be printed without a heated bed. Learn more about 3D filament offerings on Gehr's website.

Food Serviceware & Zero Waste

Penn State News: President's Box Guests Achieves Zero Waste During Football Games. Student volunteers from the Penn State EcoReps program help guests properly dispose of their waste in an effort to reach zero-waste in the President's Box. The main way EcoReps help achieve this goal is by standing near labeled waste bins and guiding guests to use the correct bin as they divert items such as food, napkins, and Ingeo™ food serviceware to compost. Read more here.



Sustainability in Packaging Europe | November 13 - 14 | Barcelona, Spain

NatureWorks' Sustainability Manager, Erwin Vink, presented on Ingeo biomaterials in the circular economy at this year's Sustainability in Packagaing Europe 2019 in Barcelona.

Formnext | November 19 - 22 | Frankfurt am Main

This year was the first Formnext expo in which we both exhibited and led a presentation. Dan Sawyer presented cases for industrial 3D printing with greenhouse gas-based fused Ingeo filament and we displayed the 3D printed Milliwave Silicon Solutions' gimbal, investment casting by Titan Robotics, boluses from Adaptiiv, impeller cast from Spectra 3D, and more all made with Ingeo-based filament.

Our booth also included a table and stools 3D printed with recycled Ingeo from our coffee capsule partner, Flo. Each piece was 3D printed directly from scrap leftover from Flo's coffee capsule production process - a great example of circular economy in action!


European Bioplastics
December 3 - 4 | Berlin, Germany
NatureWorks' Sr. Sustainability Manager, Erwin Vink will present, "Sourcing sustainable feedstock for Ingeo biopolymers/bio-based polymers".

AMI Plastic: Design for Sustainability
December 10 - 11  | Berlin, Germany
NatureWorks' Senior Sustainability Manager, Erwin Vink, to present, "How well do biopolymers fit in a circular economy: evaluating feedstocks, design, recycling, and end-of-life as four key aspects of sustainability".

AMI Polymers for 3D Printing
February 4 - 5 | Cleveland, Ohio
NatureWorks' Matt Tjosaas will present, "Innovations in biobased adhesives for additive manufacturing".

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HR Coordinator | Minnetonka, MN
The Human Resources Coordinator is responsible for supporting the HR function in order to support our employees through identifying and hiring the people we need; engaging the people we have; and building a culture that defines and differentiates NatureWorks.  

Process Control Engineer | Blair, NE
This Senior Process Control Engineer is responsible for managing the automation resources at the organization’s manufacturing facilities.  This role supports day-to-day production as well as project work.  In this capacity, the Senior Process Control Engineer works with operations, project engineers, maintenance & reliability, research & development, and supply chain functions to ensure the automation systems safely & consistently meet the needs of these clients. 

Marketing Content Specialist | Minnetonka, MN
The Marketing Content Specialist is responsible for bringing together words, images, and data into compelling stories that help us drive the adoption of the biomaterials we make from renewable resources, If you’re an experienced writer who aspires to grow within the world’s leading biomaterials company, have a flair for translating highly technical content to broader audiences, and a desire to tell compelling stories, join us!.

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