image002.png“Developing products that provide performance that exceed customer needs is why we innovate. It is always gratifying when our innovations receive recognition, especially when the recognition is for providing impactful, sustainable solutions,” said A.N. Sreeram, senior vice president, Research and Development, and chief technology officer for Dow. “Dow’s innovation engine continues to deliver breakthrough innovations using our unique-to-the-world capabilities and plays a key role in advancing the world’s transition to a more sustainable planet through market-driven, sustainable solutions for the world’s toughest challenges.”
Neil Hawkins, corporate vice president of Environment, Health and Safety, and chief sustainability officer for Dow, added, “Sustainability is a key driving force in today’s global economy. We’re proud to be recognized by the Business Intelligence Group for our leadership in delivering innovations for more sustainable value chains.”
Learn more about the 2017 Sustainability Products of the Year from Dow:
· DOW FILMTEC™ FORTILIFE™ reverse osmosis (RO) elements transform wastewater into pure water and pure salts for reuse at approximately 60 percent lower cost than thermal treatment. The three new reverse osmosis element designs, FORTILIFE™ CR100, XC70 and XC80, are equipped to tackle challenging biological and organic fouling encountered when recovering up to 95 percent of pure water from wastewater. With fouling resistant technology, the reliability and lifetime of these elements are significantly improved over standard RO elements. Additionally, the innovative ion-separation FORTILFE™ XC-N element enables recovery of purified, reusable salts, such as sodium chloride, from wastewater containing complex salt mixtures.
· ROPAQUE™ NT-2900 Opaque Polymer for BLUE 4EST™ Thermal Paper replaces conventional thermal paper, eliminating chemical developers and removing chemicals of concern from production. The new paper uses engineered reflective polymer spheres that collapse when heated by the thermal print head allowing underlying color to show. The paper is compatible with existing equipment and, as an added bonus, creates images that do not fade with time.
· VORAGUARD™ high resiliency flame-retarded polyurethane enables halogenated flame retardant free polyurethane foams with ultra-low emissions for bedding and furniture. It was developed to eliminate halogenated flame retardants from polyurethane foam formulations and still pass severe fire safety standards. In addition, VORAGUARD-based foams have very low VOCs and odor and thereby improve indoor air quality for the consumer.
Dow Building & Construction’s ECOGROUND™ Waterborne Acrylic Binder System for green athletic tracks and playgrounds was also named a finalist.
For more information about Dow’s innovation engine, visit Science and Sustainability on www.dow.com.