DowDuPont Wins Sustainability Awards

MIDLAND, MI | DowDuPont Materials Science reports three breakthrough, sustainable innovations are winners in the Business Intelligence Group 2017 Sustainability Awards program. The awards honor those who have made sustainability an integral part of their business practice. The three Dow technologies are recognized as Sustainability Products of the Year. 

“Developing products that provide performance that exceed customer needs is why we innovate,” says A.N. Sreeram, senior VP, R&D, and chief technology officer for Dow. “It is always gratifying when our innovations receive recognition, especially when the recognition is for providing impactful, sustainable solutions. Dow’s innovation engine continues to deliver breakthrough innovations using our unique-to-the-world capabilities and plays a key role in advancing the world’s transition to a more sustainable planet through market-driven, sustainable solutions for the world’s toughest challenges.”

Neil Hawkins, corporate vice president of Environment, Health and Safety and chief sustainability officer for Dow, added, “Sustainability is a key driving force in today’s global economy. We’re proud to be recognized by the Business Intelligence Group for our leadership in delivering innovations for more sustainable value chains.”

Following are two of the three winners that are of interest to the converting industry:

DOW FILMTEC FORTILIFE reverse osmosis (RO) elements transform wastewater into pure water and pure salts for reuse at approximately 60% lower cost than thermal treatment, company says. The three new reverse osmosis element designs, FORTILIFE CR100, XC70 and XC80, are equipped to tackle challenging biological and organic fouling encountered when recovering up to 95% of pure water from wastewater. With fouling resistant technology, the reliability and lifetime of these elements are said to be significantly improved over standard RO elements. Additionally, the innovative ion-separation FORTILFE XC-N element enables recovery of purified, reusable salts, such as sodium chloride, from wastewater containing complex salt mixtures.

ROPAQUE NT-2900 Opaque Polymer for BLUE 4EST Thermal Paper replaces conventional thermal paper, eliminating chemical developers and removing chemicals of concern from production. The new paper uses engineered reflective polymer spheres that collapse when heated by the thermal printhead, allowing underlying color to show. The paper is compatible with existing equipment and creates images that reportedly do not fade with time.

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