Some 4.5 billion square meters of carpet is wasted annually, much of it going to landfill, which is disastrous for the environment. Traditionally, carpet has been difficult and expensive to recycle. The answer: a revolutionary product design concept called Niaga? from DSM. It uses just one non-toxic material to make a 100% recyclable carpet, produced with up to 90% less energy.
Paint made from plants
Conventional decorative paints contain high amounts of fossil-based oils. But our Decovery? paint resins are made primarily from plants and seeds - with a carbon footprint up to one-third smaller than traditional solventborne paint resins. Our scientists achieved this impressive feat by taking the basic plant materials and converting them into tiny bio-based building blocks about one seventh the width of a human hair in length.