If you’re one of the lucky few who will be attending the Copenhagenclimate summit next week, maybe you’ll find yourself walking in arenewable-based carpet; drive a European car using renewable-basedtires and also fueled by algae; have lunch using bioplastic cups andcutlery; stay in an eco-friendly hotel that uses green cleaningproducts or even organic toiletries; and attend a fashion show wearingyour newly-purchased green/renewable/sustainable textiles.
Atthe Bella Center where the United Nations global conference on climatechange will be held, 15,000 dignitaries will reportedly stand, walk,and rest their feet on an ultra low carbon footprint Eco2punch® carpetmade with plant-based Ingeo™ fibers produced by bioplastic producer NatureWorks.
According to French carpet producer Sommer Needlepunch, the "green"carpet reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 60% and reduced energyconsumption by 50% compared to petroleum-based carpet. The 20,000square meters (215,000 square feet) of carpet is enough to cover nearlyfive soccer fields.
In December 7, NatureWorks said Ingeo will also be featured in arunway show at the Nordic Fashion Industry fashion sustainabilitysummit located in the Copenhagen Opera House. Guests at the fashionshow will be served with Ingeo plates, cups, and cutlery, in a venuefurnished with Sommer’s Eco2punch Ingeo carpet. After use, all Ingeoproducts will be collected and uniquely recycled.
Belgium based company Galacticwill collect the Ingeo carpet and food service-ware after their use inCopenhagen and, using their Loopla™ process, will convert them back tovirgin lactic acid, the building block for Ingeo biopolymer.
Meanwhile, Goodyear’s concept tire made with BioIsoprenewill be on display at a lounge in the common departure area at theCopenhagen International Airport throughout December 21, while anotherwill make appearances at several special events during the UN ClimateChange Conference. The tires made with BioIsoprene are the result of acollaboration between Genencor, a division of Danisco, and Goodyear.
When it comes to cleaning products, Novozymes said it will hold a Detergent Sustainability summitto coincide with the UN Climate Change conference. The summit bringstogether all stakeholders in the detergent value chain to discuss thefuture of the detergent industry.
Novozymes said that by replacing traditional chemical ingredientswith readily biodegradable enzymes, detergent manufacturers can offertheir consumers a sustainable detergent that works well at low washtemperatures to reduce the environmental impact of washing.
Companies and organizations such as WWF, Marks & Spencer,Unilever, Reckitt Benckiser, Henkel, McBride, A.I.S.E., and Whirlpoolwill present at the summit.
Novozymes will also participate in the white biotechnology forum and green chemicals technology showcase hosted by BIOon December 17. BIO said the event will highlight biotechnologycompanies that help make low-carbon products – including biofuels,automobile tires, and carpets chosen by the COP15 organizers for use atConference venues.
Lastly, Solazymetweeted early this morning that they will be in Copenhagen next weekdriving delegates with test vehicle using their algae fuel…