Tyvek® Rx: August 2014
After undergoing major renovations, the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City was once again the site of MD&M East. Known as the largest MedTech event on the East coast, MD&M East 2014 was held June 9-11.
Attendees of this year’s event were invited to “Take the Tyvek® Challenge” at the DuPont Medical and Pharmaceutical Protection booth. Participants were handed two unmarked sheets and asked to identify which one was coated DuPont™ Tyvek® and which one was coated medical-grade paper. Then, participants were asked to indicate which of the four containers—paper recycling, plastic recycling, trash or biohazard—should be used for proper disposal of Tyvek®.
Many people were surprised to learn that the correct answer was the plastic recycling container.
Handouts in the booth explained three key points:
- Tyvek® is made of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and can be recycled where appropriate recycling programs (or facilities) exist. The items sent for recycling must not have been in contact with any hazardous substance.
- Tyvek® is a lightweight, durable material. Lower material weights needed for performance result in less energy and resource consumption, and less material waste at the end of product life.
- Tyvek® offers a superior strength-to-weight ratio. This light weight can potentially reduce energy use in transportation compared to heavier competitive products.