The Dow Chemical Company has received recognition for its sustainable initiatives with two 2016 Sustainability Awards from the Business Intelligence Group. These awards honour those who have made sustainability an integral part of their business practice. The Sustainability Initiative of the Year Award went to Retain Polymer Modifiers, and the Sustainability Product of the Year Award went to Canvera Polyolefin Dispersions, announced Dow. “Dow continues to create breakthrough innovations that advance the well-being of society,” said A.N. Sreeram, senior R&D vice president and chief technology officer for Dow. “The passion, creativity and expertise of our people drive innovative, sustainable solutions that meet the needs of our customers while making the world better.
Both of our products recognised, Retain and Canvera, demonstrate the power of innovation to solve world challenges.” “Closing resource loops is critical for the future of the planet. These award-winning products address this issue head-on, reducing waste headed to landfills and preserving food in a more sustainable way,” said Dr. Neil Hawkins, Dow’s chief sustainability officer and corporate vice president of Environment, Health and Safety. Sustainability Initiative of the Year: Retain Polymer Modifiers help make plastic packaging more sustainable. This resin compatibiliser gives post-industrial barrier film scrap and post-consumer barrier packaging a second chance at life by allowing them to be recycled without compromising performance, aesthetics or efficiency in processing, the company said.
Retain Polymer Modifiers are also an integral part of the new RecycleReady Technology for high barrier applications, an innovative solution that enables Recycling of flexible packaging for applications such as granola and nuts. The invention reduces the variety of materials used in flexible packaging that has previously hindered recycling, while ensuring barrier protection, durability and sealability of the package. Sustainability Product of the Year: Canvera Polyolefin Dispersions provides progressive food and beverage brand owners with a replacement for epoxy coating systems, made from polyolefin resins and without use of BPA and other materials of concern to consumers and regulators. Canvera uses Dow’s proprietary and patented Bluewave technology to create an aqueous polyolefin dispersion that can be applied directly to metal surfaces in the same equipment used for current epoxy coatings, according to the company. “Canvera makes a very thin, protective, thermoplastic lining with excellent food and flavour retention, adhesion, corrosion protection, and film flexibility. Canvera polyolefin dispersions utilise the existing can-making infrastructure, facilitating world-wide adoption of this long-term, cost-effective, breakthrough technology.”