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Apr 272011

Frito-Lay's SunChips bag, made of Ingeo, is fully compostable.

From Green Right Now Reports

While petroleum-based plastics are omnipresent in our lives, alternatives are increasingly finding their way into the marketplace. Ingeo, a plastic made from plant waste — not petroleum, is using Earth Month to showcase responsible product innovation from 10 brands, including Plano-based Frito-Lay.

Ingeo, which is manufactured by NatureWorks, is turning up in a range of new products from the Bioserie iPhone cover, to packaging for Earth’s Best, Electrolux vacuum bags, and in Elements Naturals, Henkel, Shiseido, Stonyfield, Walmart and Target packaging and products.

“Today, there are hundreds of products from plastic cups to iPhone covers being made by our partners with Ingeo,” Marc Verbruggen, NatureWorks president and chief executive officer, said in a statement.

Manufacturing Ingeo produces 60 percent less greenhouse gases and uses 50 percent less non-renewable energy than traditional plastics like PET and polystyrene. Steve Davies, NatureWorks’ director of marketing and public affairs, said the company also is “working collaboratively with brands, retailers, and post-consumer organizations – to address and develop a full range of end-of-life options for its products to guarantee the lowest environmental impact from sourcing to disposal or reuse.”

Walmart and Target are now using the plant-based material for produce packaging and chip bags, Stonyfield Farm uses it to make its organic yogurt cups and it’s found in diapers from Earth’s Best and baby wipes from Elements Naturals.