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The monthly subscriber based newsletter for the packaging value chain in Asia, Packaging Business Insight Asia, attended Natureworks Innovation Takes Root 2016 in Orlando, Fla and reports in-depth in this special 9-page report.
“Bioplastics have the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save on non-renewable energy use. But when we look at agricultural production - fertiliser use, pesticides’ impact on animals and water use - mostly bioplastics consume more GHG in those categories” - Nestle
Exclusive Interview with
NatureWorks’ CEO Marc Verbruggen on Oil & Corn prices and the competitive edge for PLA
“The sugar to polymer conversion yield is 1.25 kg of sugar to 1 kg of PLA polymer, which ultimately determines how cost competitive we can be. Our PLA yield of 1.25 is very important; PLA can still compete against the polystyrenes of this world when oil is $30-40 a barrel.
“Our world should not just be PLA the polymer but from our lactides, our monomer”
Plus, Prospects for Bioplastics in Asia
Building a Circular IKEA – the IWAY
Sustainability developer Per Stoltz explains how they’re
doing it one lightbulb at a time:
“We have to think about how we build up our supply chain, and how we can get secondary raw materials into our normal supply chain.
“We also need to think about how we design our products, and how we can work with our customers in this re-invention.”
• In2015 Ikea converted to selling only LED bulbs in stores
• BY mid 2016, IKEA plans to reduce packaging waste in customers’ homes by 10%
• BY mid 2020, IKEA has a target to source:
• 100% of its wood, paper and cardboard from sustainable sources,
• 30% of the wood used by the IKEA Industry Group must be recycled
• All plastic material used in IKEA’s home furnishing products must be 100% recycled plastic or bioplastic content
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