Making the Most of Renewably Sourced Polymers
WILMINGTON, Del., Jan. 26, 2011 – The many ways bio-based materials can enhance performance and meet consumer demand for environmentally responsible products are explored in a talk by Carol Casarino, Ph.D., global technology manager, DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers, at the inaugural Bioplastics "Reshaping of an Industry" Conference, Feb. 1-3 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nev.
Casarino will present “Perspectives on Partially Bio-Based Materials,” which focuses on bio-content sources, coupling agents and compatabilizers, on Wednesday, Feb. 2, at 2:30 p.m.
DuPont led the industry with the first families of high-performance renewably sourced materials to help reduce dependence on fossil fuels. These materials include: DuPont™ Biomax® resins and modifiers for the packaging industry; DuPont™ Sorona® polymer for fabrics and fibers; and DuPont™ Hytrel® RS thermoplastics polyester elastomer, Zytel® RS nylon and Sorona® EP thermoplastic polymer for automotive and other consumer industries.
This broad portfolio is used in many products across multiple industries. At the conference, DuPontDenso/Toyota radiator end-tank and Fisher wall plugs using Zytel® RS nylon.
- High-gloss cosmetic cases of Biomax® PTT resin that offer great chemical and scratch resistance and in some cases eliminate the need for additional coating.
Samples that show how Biomax® Strong PLA Toughening Modifier for bio-based and compostable polylactic acid (PLA) packaging can improve toughness and reduce brittleness — without sacrificing product clarity.
Automotive air bag door covers from Hytrel® RS.
An automotive headlamp bezel using Sorona® EP.
DuPont – one of the first companies to publicly establish environmental goals 20 years ago – has broadened its sustainability commitments beyond internal footprint reduction to include market-driven targets for both revenue and research and development investment. The goals are tied directly to business growth, specifically to the development of safer and environmentally improved new products for key global markets.
DuPont (www.dupont.com) is a science-based products and services company. Founded in 1802, DuPont puts science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, healthier life for people everywhere. Operating in more than 90 countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture and food; building and construction; communications; and transportation.