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green@work : Magazine : Back Issues : May/June 2003 : Special Section

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Designed By Mother Nature

Imagine a building where, in every room, everything from the carpeting on the floor, the chair at the desk, the panels on the walls and the curtains at the windows are designed with a product that comes from Mother Nature.

Cargill Dow LLC is one company that is bringing this dream to life. Cargill Dow’s mission, since its inception in 1997, is to change the world by not changing it at all—to lead a new industrial revolution where limited natural resources like petroleum, are replaced with annually renewable ones, like corn.

This January, Cargill Dow launched Ingeo™ fibers to the world, a differentiated fiber option derived 100 percent from annually renewable resources. In the past, “environmentally friendly” materials were costly and delivered poor performance characteristics when compared to synthetics. Man-made fibers (nylon, polyester) for textile goods were the ones that succeeded with consumers, delivering desired price and performance. Ingeo fibers, however, have the cost and performance necessary to compete with synthetic fibers made from petrochemical resources, yet do not bear the same burden upon the earth’s limited resources. Ingeo fiber is ideally suited for use in a range of apparel, carpet, fiberfill, non-woven, furnishings and industrial applications.

But Ingeo fiber is more than a fiber or a new technology. Ingeo fiber is a collective vision of a more sustainable future, and Cargill Dow does not stop here. The company is committed to making improvements in resources and efficiency and thereby reducing the size of its environmental footprint. Currently, the company requires 20 percent to 50 percent fewer fossil fuels than conventional materials. This number will be further reduced as the company looks at alternative energy sources for their manufacturing plant located in Blair, NE.

Since the winter launch of Ingeo fibers, more than 100 leading brand owners, textile manufacturers and lifestyle partners have signed up to develop and market products with Ingeo fibers, demonstrating the strength, power and attraction of the new brand concept, and the promise of a more sustainable future. Companies like Cargill Dow are making it possible to live a modern life without making a severe impact on our earth for future generations. It strives to make a better tomorrow. Today.

For more information on Ingeo fibers and Cargill Dow, visit www.cargilldow.com or www.ingeofibers.com

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