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DuPont receives Taiwan’s National Green Chemistry Award

The recognition honours DuPont Sorona bio-based fibre offering performance and sustainability benefits.

16th May 2019

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Wilmington, DE/Taipei

Sustainable, Clothing/​Footwear, Interiors

The award recognised DuPont’s outstanding product life cycle management and efforts on promoting green chemistry, while also highlighting DuPont Sorona – a versatile polymer comprised of 37% renewable plant-based ingredients, produced using 30% less energy and releasing 63% fewer greenhouse gas emissions as compared to nylon 6.

In reducing its reliance on fossil fuels, Sorona polymer combines eco-efficiency with function for use in a variety of applications due to its performance attributes. Its softness, inherent stain resistance and uncompromising durability are said to offer a sustainable, high-performing material option for customers throughout the supply chain, the company explains.

Long-standing commitment

DuPont product life cycle management and Sorona were selected by a panel of judges – mostly composed of Taiwan government officials and academic professionals – who evaluated competing companies through a field assessment of the products’ life cycle management, sustainable processes and chemical expertise.

Sorona products and their applications were exhibited to demonstrate DuPont’s commitment to the innovation of more sustainable products. After many weeks of review by the TCSB and its judging panel, DuPont was selected as a winner alongside other prestigious multinational and local chemical companies.

“We are deeply proud to receive the inaugural National Green Chemistry Award,” said Larry Chen, President of DuPont Taiwan. “DuPont has a long-standing commitment to sustainability in Taiwan, and we are thrilled by the recognition of green chemistry’s role in meeting our collective global goals of building a circular economy.

Versatility of Sorona

“It’s an immense honour that the TCSB has recognised the versatility of Sorona,” said KiKi Chen, DuPont Biomaterials. “It’s not simply an application of green chemistry for sustainability’s sake – it was important to DuPont in the development of this biomaterial that it also is cost-effective for customers and is high-performing. We see countless applications in this region for our product.”

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