02 April 2001 19:47 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (CNI)--Cargill Dow announced Monday its NatureWorks PLA polymer made entirely from renewable resources such as corn and wheat will be used in packaging Dunlop's golf balls, it its first full-scale, mass market packaging film application.
Launched in the Japanese market by Mitsubishi Plastics, Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Dunlop Japan and Cargill Dow, the polymer will be used as a new, environmentally responsible exterior packaging film for Dunlop's golf ball sleeves.
The introduction of the packaging application complements NatureWorks PLA's current use in the Japanese market as the basis for clothing and textiles.
Said Jim Hobbs, business unit leader-packaging for Cargill Dow: "This is a significant milestone for the packaging industry as it is the first time that a cost-competitive, 100% annually renewable resource-based polymer is being used in a wide-scale consumer application."
He said; "NatureWorks PLA has been very successful in test market applications to date but our work with these two leading companies truly marks our first commercial packaging film application."
Cargill Dow is based in Minnetonka, Minnesota.
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