WILMINGTON, Del., Dec. 11, 2014 – DuPont Industrial Biosciences and EcoStrateSFS, Inc. signed a cooperative agreement establishing the first post-consumer recycling program for commercial and residential carpet made with DuPont™ Sorona® renewably sourced fiber.
The two companies will work together to develop and commercialize products using recovered post-consumer carpet made with DuPont™ Sorona® fiber. EcoStrate®, currently a manufacturer of signage, promotional items and mud flaps, also is exploring other applications including ballistics testing, flooring, shipping crates, pallets and building materials.
“As a biobased material, the sustainability advantages of DuPont™ Sorona® in carpets have been recognized globally,” said John Lyons, global business development manager for DuPont™ Sorona®. “While post-industrial recycling of DuPont™ Sorona® has been practiced for years, we also have focused on identifying post-consumer recycling solutions for carpet made with DuPont™ Sorona®. We believe that EcoStrate® has an innovative program and our collaboration will be a benefit to both the carpet and recycling industries. With end of carpet life options in place, consumers and specifiers of carpet made with Sorona® will feel even better about their choice of carpets.
“EcoStrateSFS is extremely honored to be accepted as part of the visionary leadership that DuPont continues to provide around the world, particularly in creating solutions that deal with responsible end of life of products or materials,” said Ron Sherga, chief executive officer of EcoStrate®. “The EcoStrate® process, and the markets we target, will all benefit from the use of recovered DuPont™ Sorona® and its unique properties. EcoStrate® is fast becoming a leader in transforming unique end of life materials into value-added products. Our association with DuPont adds tremendous value to our message, vision and future growth.”
DuPont™ Sorona® fiber is made in part from annually renewable plant-based ingredients and is used primarily in fiber applications, including fiber for textiles used in apparel and home, office and automotive interiors, and fiber for carpet including residential, commercial and automotive carpets and mats.
EcoStrateSFS’ founders have extensive experience using materials such as carpet, computer carcasses, vinyl flooring, carpet padding, textile waste and other waste products to be recycled to form indoor and outdoor signage, mud flaps and flooring. EcoStrate® aims to divert these wasted raw materials from landfills into its recycling plants and into a final, 100 percent post-consumer recycled product.
DuPont (NYSE: DD) has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials, and services since 1802. The company believes that by collaborating with customers, governments, NGOs, and thought leaders we can help find solutions to such global challenges as providing enough healthy food for people everywhere, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment.