Jet Prints on a More Responsible Plastic
DOWNERS GROVE, IL—8/10/06—Jet, one of the nation’s largest privately held sheetfed commercial printers and card manufacturers, introduces the capability to print on NatureWorks PLA (polylactic acid), a corn-based plastic, offering customers the added appeal of plastic made from nature with all the performance and convenience of traditional petroleum based plastic.
“Many companies are looking for a more environmentally friendly option with their choice of materials,” states Jeff Norby, president of Jet. “This nature-based plastic is a great alternative without getting away from the look and feel of traditional plastics.”
NatureWorks PLA is the world’s first commercially available plastic made from an annually renewable resource – field corn. Polylactic acid (PLA) is made from lactic acid derived from dextrose through the fermentation of the corn. This unique technology creates a corn-based resin, offering a more environmentally responsible material that can be used in the production of everything from plastic cups and packaging to gift cards and plant tags.
About NatureWorks LLC
NatureWorks LLC is a stand-alone company wholly owned by Cargill. Dedicated to meeting the world’s needs today without compromising the earth’s ability to meet the needs of tomorrow, NatureWorks LLC is the first company to offer a family of commercially available polymers derived from 100 percent annually renewable resources with cost and performance that compete with petroleum-based packaging materials and fibers. The company applies its unique technology to the processing of natural plant sugars to create a proprietary polymer, which is marketed under the NatureWorks PLA and Ingeo fibers brand names. For more information about NatureWorks and its brands, please visit www.natureworksllc.com.
Jet was founded in 1947. Today, it is one of the largest, privately held sheet-fed commercial printers in the Chicago area. Jet employs approximately 200 people within its hub facility in Downers Grove, IL and its warehousing and fulfillment facility in Bolingbrook, IL.