Working with our partner UPM, Dow is turning a waste residue from paper production into naptha, creating an alternative and renewable feedstock for plastics production. This waste product comes from sustainably managed forests - extracted as a residue when separating wood fiber for pulp production.
Unlike other alternative renewable feedstocks, no extra land resources are required and there is no competition with the human food chain. This approach is reducing CO2 emissions by more than 50% when compared to standard fossil derived PE resins and the polymers produced as a result are helping packers and converters to meet their sustainability goals.
Retain® and Elvaloy® technologies
This suite of products enables the recycling of previously hard to recycle products, for example, those that combine different materials that have traditionally been hard to separate and break down. Dow’s work in this area is now allowing us to recycle a broader mix of plastic waste and allowing recyclers to enhance the quality and therefore value of the recycled material and end application.