NatureWorks and IMA announce strategic partnership 

NatureWorks, the world’s leading manufacturer of low-carbon Ingeo PLA biopolymers, and IMA Coffee, global market leader in coffee handling, processing, and packaging, have announced that they have entered into a joint strategic partnership aimed at accelerating the market for high performing K-Cup compatible compostable single-serve coffee pods in North America. The multi-year partnership brings together NatureWorks’ decades of expertise with compostable materials, formulations, and processing technology with IMA’s industry-leading competencies and application-specific know-how encompassing all stages of coffee handling, processing, and packaging. 

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EarthFirst Films by PSI produces first PHA home compostable packaging film  

EarthFirst Films by PSI, a global bioplastic film technology and manufacturing company, announced the successful completion of the first commercial run of PHA (polyhydroxyalkanoate) home compostable packaging film. Although the PHA materials have been certified, the film will go through biodegradation and home compostability screening prior to full certification. Made from Danimer Scientific’s Nodax PHA, the new film is designed for a wide range of applications across food, beverage, grocery retail, quick service restaurant, stadium foodservice, and many other consumer packaged goods (CPG) as well as industrial segments. 

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Neste jointly produces renewable plastics from 100% bio-based hydrocarbons in Japan 

Neste, Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. and Toyota Tsusho Corp. announced that they are joining forces to enable Japan’s first industrial-scale production of renewable plastics and chemicals from 100% bio-based hydrocarbons. In this collaboration, Mitsui Chemicals will use Neste RE™, 100% bio-based hydrocarbons produced by Neste, to replace a part of the fossil feedstock needed for the production of a variety of plastics and chemicals at its crackers within Osaka Works during 2021. 

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