Developing new recycling solutions
In 2020, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada jointly awarded DuPont Second Life Materials (2LM) and Innofibre three years of funding and support for a recycling research and development project. 2LM is partnering with Innofibre to explore new, sustainable applications using Tyvek® process outfall. Innofibre is an applied research and development center that supports the Canadian paper and biorefining industries through biomass product innovation, diversification of biomass-based products, and adapting paper technologies. Innofibre’s multidisciplinary teams also develop new specialized papers, thermoformed packaging, bio-based barrier agents and modified cellulosic fibers.
The collaboration will provide the expertise and facilities needed to develop a novel pulp that uses the unique fiber structure and morphology of Tyvek® byproduct and recycles it for new, high-value applications. Potential applications being explored include thermoforming, high-performance ultra-thin membranes, water and vapor barrier products, and reinforcement pulps. Combining our experience and unique assets, 2LM and Innofibre aim to expand the established recycling programs currently available for Tyvek® and develop a new and sustainable offering.
Tyvek® is a lightweight, protective material used in numerous applications. It’s unique properties help ensure medical device packages remain sterile, provide personal protection equipment for people in hazardous or sterile environments, and protect homes from rain and other weather effects during construction.
Combining our experience and unique assets, 2LM and Innofibre aim to expand the established recycling programs currently available for Tyvek® and develop a new and sustainable offering.
In 2018, our Electronics & Industrial Interconnect Solutions site in Sasakami, Japan, began a two-year project to reduce effluents and solid waste associated with the production of chemicals for metallization processes.
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