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National Restaurant Association - New Conserve Sponsor NatureWorks to Educate Restaurateurs About Compostable Packaging Options

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New Conserve Sponsor NatureWorks to Educate Restaurateurs About Compostable Packaging Options

(Washington, D.C.) Today, the National Restaurant Association’s Conserve sustainability initiative announced NatureWorks, LLC, a global leader in supplying renewably sourced materials including its innovative Ingeo™ portfolio of bio-based plastics, as a new program sponsor.

Ingeo bioplastic is used by more than 100 brands and retailers for to-go containers, plastic cups, and utensils in 70,000 stores worldwide. Made from 100 percent annually renewable plant materials, Ingeo is used by food serviceware suppliers around the globe to make food serviceware that is compostable in commercial composting facilities, facilitating the diversion of food residuals and organics from landfill.  Many products made from Ingeo have earned the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s BioPreferred label: a voluntary consumer labeling initiative for biobased products. 

“We are pleased NatureWorks is helping Conserve implement a vision of a more environmentally friendly restaurant industry. We applaud their efforts to promote composting and help shift the restaurant industry towards a new sustainable future,” said Jeff Clark, Conserve Program Director. “Along with our Food Waste Reduction Alliance efforts and partnership with the U.S. Composting Council, we are excited to work with visionary companies like NatureWorks to promote business-friendly, environmental change.” 

Food waste reduction and management was ranked ninth among 20 top trends at restaurants in 2015, according to the National Restaurant Association’s annual “What’s Hot” culinary forecast. The NRA supports the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s food waste hierarchy, of which composting is a key component. Conserve actively promotes composting.

“We are thrilled to help the National Restaurant Association’s Conserve program help move the needle towards more restaurant composting,” said Doug Kunnemann, global segment leader for food service with NatureWorks. “There are many opportunities for further infrastructure development, and it’s an exciting industry, with substantial environmental, social, and economic benefits. Using compostable plastics helps composters get the good leftover food into their composting process, taking old food and turning into nutrient soil for new food! It is a win-win!”

For more information, visit Conserve’s best practices and the NatureWorks website.

About NatureWorks, LLC
What began in 1989 as a Cargill research project looking for innovative uses of carbohydrates from plants as feedstock for more sustainable plastics, has quickly matured into the world leading biopolymers supplier and innovator with its Ingeo portfolio of naturally advanced materials made from renewable, abundant feedstocks. The company has the capacity to meet the growing business and consumer demands for attractive, affordable, and renewably sourced products that can be made from this new generation of materials.  This is important to sports venues and sports teams because plates, cups, utensils, and food packaging made from Ingeo provide new tools for achieving zero waste. Composting food service organic waste rather than landfilling helps venues lower the cost of waste disposal, improve the environmental footprint of the operation, and win praise from municipalities and fans. NatureWorks is jointly owned by Thailand’s largest chemical producer, PTT Global Chemical, and Cargill, which provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. 


Founded in 1919, the National Restaurant Association is the leading business association for the restaurant industry, which comprises more than 1 million restaurant and foodservice outlets and a workforce of 14.7 million employees. We represent the industry in Washington, D.C., and advocate on its behalf. We operate the industry's largest trade show (NRA Show May 20-23, 2017, in Chicago); leading food safety training and certification program (ServSafe); unique career-building high school program (the NRA Educational Foundation's ProStart); as well as the Kids LiveWell program promoting healthful kids' menu options. For more information, visit Restaurant.org and find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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