PLA is an abbreviation for Poly Lactic Acid
Our PLA polymer is from NatureWorks LLC, and we are the authorized converter of NatureWorks Ingeo PLA .
Where Ingeo PLA Comes From
- Nature looks at greenhouse gases - atmospheric carbon as a feedstock, a raw material. It's what trees, plants, and huge structures like coral reefs, are built from. At NatureWorks, we're doing the same thing – using our best technologies to turn carbon that's in the atmosphere contributing to global warming, into a portfolio of performance Ingeo materials.
- How we convert our atmospheric carbon feedstock into Ingeo matters, and we take a hard look at this in everything that we do. Currently, the first step in transforming atmospheric carbon into Ingeo involves using agricultural crops to sequester the carbon, fixing it as simple plant sugars through the process of photosynthesis. This rightfully brings up questions around feedstock sourcing: agricultural growing practices, food and biopolymers, and land use.
- Polylactic acid (PLA) is a new kind of biodegradable material, composed from the use of renewable plant resources (such as corn, cassava, etc.) of starch material. Extract the dextrose from starch by saccharification with the process of fermentation and polymerization, it become an ideal green polymer material. PLA can be completely degraded by microorganism in the nature, and resulting as carbon dioxide and water. It is a low carbon material and ideal for greenhouse gas reduction.
Where it Goes
We have carefully developed a vision for the disposal & recycling of products made with Ingeo. Yet when thinking about environmental impact and end-of-life options, it's important to embrace the complexity of product lifecycles and variability by both product and region. We work with NGO's, governments, and partners on frameworks like the Circular Economy and Sustainable Materials Management to ensure responsible material choices are understood while enabling the right end-of-life scenarios.
- Anaerobic Digestion
- Chemical Recycling