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Biopolymer-based solutions that perform

The shift from synthetic to “nature-based” is part of the “clean and simple” trend shaping the future of everything from food and manufacturing processes to building materials and packaging. At Ingredion, we are helping you address this trend in industrial applications through the Biomaterial Solutions innovation springboard of Ingredion Idea Labs™ science-based problem solving.

Take advantage of a wide portfolio of high-performance, affordable plant-based polymers to reduce or replace petroleum and synthetic chemicals in bioplastics, personal care, and fabric and home care products. They also help in papermaking, corrugating and even oil and gas drilling.

Our solutions address what is often called the “triple bottom line” with superior performance, sustainability benefits and affordability at the same time. For example, our high-charge papermaking additives made from plant starches enable paper mills to reduce synthetics and get better performance on drainage and strength, speeding production and reducing costs.

We have solutions derived from corn, tapioca, potato and an array of biogums, along with a versatile technology toolbox. Our experts will guide you from consumer and market insights all the way to product launch, helping you incorporate biomaterials into your products and processes.
 

Future-forward applied research focuses on improving the performance of existing and new raw materials and finding solutions for new industries. Let us help you unlock the capabilities of nature in your industry. Innovate with us.

With our functional biopolymers, you can meet consumer demand for products with more bio-content and fewer synthetic additives—while adding unique functionalities.

In the building industry, for example, our BENEFORM™functional biopolymers are helping customers achieve unique benefits in durable, semi-durable and disposable plastic products—all while improving sustainability. Plastics made with BENEFORM™ biopolymers withstand recycling without losing strength. They also reduce water absorption during processing and work with your existing equipment. In the food packaging industry, our BENEFORM™ functional biopolymers are at the heart of mechanically stronger and more biodegradable films which have greater clarity and a stronger gas barrier. This keeps meats and cheeses fresh on the shelf for 15 to 20 percent longer, saving you money through less product waste, lower labour costs and reduced disposal costs.

Our specialty high amylose starches help the growing electronics industry produce sustainable glass fibre. Our innovative starch solutions can also replace synthetics in drilling mud while inhibiting fluid loss, reducing the environmental impact and saving money on reduced waste. In textiles, our starches can reduce friction in the weaving process and improve the feel and appearance of fabrics.

In personal care products, we are innovating new ways to reduce synthetic chemicals and aluminum to make labels simpler for consumer appeal. And reducing manufacturing costs, too. Formulate creamier soap bars with richer lather and longer-lasting fragrance using our native starches, or add luster and smoothness to shampoo with our plant-based extracts. Extend shelf life in hair and skin products with polyols and specialty blends. Or replace synthetic chemicals with nature-derived ingredients to deliver thick, appealing fabric softener that disperses almost instantly.

In papermaking and corrugating, our transformational coatings allow for a total reduction in synthetic usage, enabling a truly compostable product. Our specialty starches and resins promote greater wet strength and improved end-use performance. They can also maximize bond performance and speed while reducing adhesive solids and cost.

And in everything from pharmaceuticals to personal care products, our emulsifiers and encapsulants can increase the shelf-life stability of your products over a wide range of storage conditions.

Revolutionising biopolymers

Nature-based ingredients for the biomaterial market.

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