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Like other synthetic fibers, Ingeo has a number of advantages over natural fibers. Examples are high strength, high dimensional stability, and high resilience. In addition, PLA is more resistant to ultraviolet light than most other synthetics. It has relatively low flammability and smoke generation. Because it is more hydrophilic than common polyester fibers, when blended with cotton and wool, Ingeo results in lighter garments that wick moisture away from the skin.
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Of its renewable resources, Genetically modified organisms (or GMOs) as well as its naturally occurring counterpart are sometimes used unseparated in the process to make Ingeo. Examples are corn and genetically modified corn. However, it is up to the distributor's discretion what level of restrictions to request in terms of GMOs. Three "source-options" are available: strict restrictions on GMOs (third party certified, no GMOs), a balanced mix (50% GMO, 50% non-GMO), or "seed-to-resin identity preserved grade." (source: http://www.natureworksllc.com/media/files/from%20corn%20to%20plastic/corn%20to%20plastics%20poster_02%2013%2006_final.pdf)
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