As a part of their 2018-2019 recycling improvement project, our Nutrition & Biosciences site in Memphis, Tennessee partnered with International Ingredient Corporation (IIC) to reduce food byproduct waste. IIC upcycles excess raw and processed food ingredients that are not suitable for human consumption, and safely puts them back into the food chain safely by creating nutritious ingredients for animal feed.
This effort also maximizes the value of our raw materials and products, enables circularity in agriculture, and helps DuPont recover some costs for products that would have otherwise gone to waste.
In 2019, our partnership with IIC diverted just over 525 metric tons (1,159,315 pounds) of consumables from landfill, avoided 310 metric tons of carbon dioxide, and supplemented the diets of 12,960 pigs.
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.