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MINNETONKA , Minn. -- NatureWorks LLC here has launched Smart Care, a program of communications tools and materials designed to educate its customers, brand owners, and retailers on the care and handling of packaging and other materials made from NatureWorks PLA.
"The introduction of a new polymer, such as NatureWorks PLA, requires different thinking when managing through the supply chain," said Jim Hobbs, NatureWorks' product director. "It is our goal to assist all our customers, brand owners and retailers in successfully using our nature-based plastic in their daily operations."
The "Relax and Take Care of NatureWorks PLA" information kit, part of the overall Smart Care Program, was created for the responsible day-to-day handling of NatureWorks PLA based goods.
This kit, being mailed to key members of the NatureWorks supply chain, will include a copy of the NatureWorks PLA Smart Care and Handling checklist; a poster illustrating shipping and handling icons that can be used in warehouses and manufacturing plants and; iconic box graphics for printing on corrugated shipping boxes to note NatureWorks PLA-based product in the supply chain.
The checklist and icons will also be available on the NatureWorks Web site beginning this week at http://www.natureworkspla.com/care. Materials will be available on the website in a variety of languages, including Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Korean, German, Italian and French by June 1.