Cargill says it will begin selling its bioplastic Ingeo in Brazil. The plastic is made from sugar instead of petroleum.
The company says the “green plastic” has the lowest carbon footprint of any commercially available plastic. The production generates 60 percent less greenhouse gas and uses 50 percent less fossil fuel than PET plastic.
And instead of filling up landfills, Ingeo plastic can be composted, degrading in three to four months under ideal conditions, or it can be fed to animals as part of feedstock.
Cargill says the product, which is manufactured in Nebraska, can be used for tableware, packaging, toothbrushes, diapers and other items.