Consumers now expect products to be more renewable and sustainable. They are holding companies to a higher standard, making environmentally friendly products the norm, not the exception. Cargill has been helping its customers address this evolving consumer priority for nearly six decades, providing them with innovative, bio-based products. Cargill is joining the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to stand alongside other companies, governments and academic institutions to promote and accelerate a circular economy, a vision and approach that focuses on reusing rather than discarding of materials.
“Cargill is already contributing to a circular economy in our bioindustrial and other businesses, whether it’s through our Anova® bio-based rejuvenator for recycled asphalt material or our valorization of lemon peels for texturizers in skin care products,” said Marty Muenzmaier, sustainability and external affairs lead for Cargill’s bioindustrial business. “We’re already applying circularity principles, but there’s so much more to do.”
Cargill provides high-performing, renewable solutions for customers in more than a dozen industries, from building materials, beauty and personal care to power generation and performance chemicals like foams, candle wax and lubricants. It also encourages responsible, sustainable agricultural practices in the production of the raw materials used for these bio-based solutions.
“The Ellen MacArthur Foundation is the global thought leader on circularity, and we see the value in being an active member for both our business and our customers,” said Muenzmaier. “We want to continue to be a leader in developing innovative, renewable and sustainable ways to help our customers adopt ’green’ principles and lower their carbon footprints.”
In addition to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Cargill recently joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) to collaborate with large apparel brands seeking more sustainable solutions. Cargill was the first commercial producer of polylactic acid (PLA) and continues to invest in bio-intermediates technology to replace fossil-derived equivalents and other non-plant-based industrial inputs. Cargill plans to use SAC’s sustainability measurement tools to help drive environmental and social responsibility throughout its bioindustrial supply chain.