In line with DuPont’s PFAS commitments, we will make the DuPont Chemical Awareness toolkit (CAt) freely available to the public online – so that anyone who is developing a new product or investigating a substance can use it to quickly remove much of the guesswork around environmental, safety and other potential impacts from the process.
A simple lookup provides relevant up-to-date data on, human and environmental toxicological hazards, public perception issues, bio-persistence and bio-accumulation status, occupational exposure limits, and other product related risks. The data is presented as interpretable graphs that can easily be converted into a downloadable table. With that, you have just performed an important step in a robust product stewardship review.
CAt began as the METanomics Information System (METIS), a tool developed in DuPont ’s world-renowned Haskell Toxicology Laboratory for Health and Environmental Sciences. For over 15 years METIS has been used to provide our product stewards, chemists, toxicologists and other researchers with rapid access to relevant chemical information in an easy-to-understand format.
CAt provides clear, actionable information by aggregating toxicological and regulatory data from free, public databases. This facilitates good decision-making and supports human safety and environmental stewardship across the product lifecycle. We hope to see increasingly safer and more transparently labelled products brought to all markets, starting with the ones we create.
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.