Through innovative product recycling partnerships, DuPont’s Safety & Construction (S&C) business is helping our customers meet their sustainability goals and join the circular economy movement.
For example, DuPont S&C has started taking back protective Tyvek® coveralls for recycling, often at no cost to the customer. DuPont manages the program setup as well as the collection, transportation, storage and recycling of garments. One customer, Curium, a manufacturer and vendor of nuclear medicine products, uses over 1,400 DuPont Tyvek® garments every month in their laboratories and manufacturing areas. Curium collects the discarded garments and packages them in shipping boxes provided by DuPont. DuPont’s freight service then collects the boxes and delivers them to a DuPont recycling partner. There, the garments become dunnage, landscaping timbers and other useful products.
The recycling program diverts 10 pounds of Tyvek® from the waste stream for every case of 25 coveralls recycled.
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.