Many DuPont products can be optimized to reduce waste in our operations or for our customers, but our Corian® Design Solid Surface product line now actually consumes waste. The flecks, speckles, pebbles and grains found in Corian® Design products are important aspects in creating beautiful aesthetics for designers.
A team in DuPont’s Safety & Construction business developed a process that makes it possible to utilize production waste from across the portfolio to produce these design elements within the final product. This approach demonstrates how potential waste reduction and reuse opportunities can become visible when considering a full product portfolio, rather than a single product. Today, a carefully selected collection of Corian® Solid Surface colors contain a minimum of 6-20% pre-consumer recycled material, including three, on-trend terrazzo aesthetics from the latest color launch.
As a result of their work, all new Corian® products and product simplification efforts now reuse waste streams generated from across the entire collection of Corian® products as grinds, instead of creating new product for this purpose.
The 50 top leaders at DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences have identified seven central goals and two focus areas within the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In autumn, the company will host a workshop presenting tools for others with the same ambitions.
Expectant mothers can wake up to a wellness report of their unborn child and be notified if fetal heartbeat and movement are within acceptable ranges with the new Owlet Band, winner of two CES awards in the categories of Wearable Technology and Tech to Change the World. Specialized sensors housed in a fabric band that sits around the mother's abdomen track fetal heart rate and kick count, sending real-time data to a smartphone.
The agreement, supported by an initial investment of more than one million euros mainly made by DuPont, exemplifies the concept of circular economy and will lead to significant reductions in energy, water and transport consumption for both companies.