Do you use genetically modified (GM) corn in your products?

Our corn PLA resin is manufactured near Blair, NE. This corn is a mixed stream of non-GM and GM corn which is grown in the area. During the manufacturing of PLA, the multiple-stage processing and high heat used to create the polymer removes all traces of genetic material, rendering it inert once it has been made into resin. Therefore, there is no GM material in our products, even though the feedstock is GM.

Nonetheless, we would prefer that only non-GM plants were used to make in the PLA in our products. Unfortunately, today the vast majority of corn grown in the U.S. is genetically modified. To be assured of non-GM feedstock, we would need to source PLA made only from USDA certified organic corn. Doing this is technically and economically impractical. It would price our products beyond the reach of many potential customers.

We recognize the value of sustainable, organic agriculture and follow the debate and the scientific research surrounding GM crops. One day, we hope to bring you exclusively non-GM PLA, but unfortunately the infrastructure is not there yet for us – or our industry.

If GMOs are a concern for you, we offer our BlueStripe line of products made with post-consumer recycled content, such as recycled paper, PET, and polystyrene. These products do not contain any plant-based/GM material and perform very well. Learn more about BlueStripe here: http://www.ecoproducts.com/greenstripe_vs_bluestripe.html.

Learn More:
EPA Ag 101 Site
NatureWorks

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