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The license provides NatureWorks with a low-cost route to produce D-lactic acid, a building block for a range of high-performance Ingeo PLA grades.
It diversifies NatureWorks away from the current reliance on agricultural feedstocks, and with methane as feedstock, it could structurally lower the cost of producing Ingeo.
The companies added that Ingeo is a naturally advanced bioplastic with a host of commercial uses including rigid and flexible packaging, foodservice ware, personal care products, textiles, in-home durable products, appliances and electronics, and the latest innovations in 3D printing.
The three new grades extend the Ingeo property range and enable users to tune crystallization rate and stiffness (above the glass transition temperature) for custom formulations.
Currently, Ingeo relies on carbon from CO2 feedstock that has been fixed or sequestered through photosynthesis into simple plant sugars, known as first generation materials.
The toothbrush and its case are certified compostable by the Biodegradable Products Institute, and they are described as more environmentally friendly than petroleum-based toothbrushes since Ingeo requires less energy to produce than petroleum-based plastic resins--creating a smaller carbon footprint.
According to Natureworks, manufacturing Ingeo produces 60 percent less greenhouse gases and uses 50 percent less non-renwable energy than traditional polymers like PET and polystyrene.
NatureWorks notes that compared with racemic lactide's melting point of nearly 130[degrees]C, and L- and D-lactide's 97[degrees]C, Ingeo M700's melting point is below 60[degrees]C.
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KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has become the first global carrier to switch from using conventional oil-based polystyrene coffee and tea cups to paper ones made with Ingeo coating.
ENERGY RESOURCE-12 March 2009-NatureWorks Scouting Sites for New Plant for Manufacturing Ingeo Biopolymers(C)2009 JeraOne - http://www.
Since corn is also sought after for meeting the world's growing demands for food and alternative fuels, Ingeo developer NatureWorks LLC is investigating other natural sources for its synthetics, such as corn and sugarcane residue, grasses, wheat, and rice straw.