DuPont continues to advance sustainable packaging

DuPont Packaging introduces FDA-compliant PLA modifier for food packaging

May 10, 2007 — /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — WILMINGTON, DE — DuPont Packaging has announced expansion of its DuPont(TM) Biomax(R) Strong family of polymer additives to include a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) compliant grade for food contact applications. DuPont(TM) Biomax(R) Strong polymer additives improve the performance of bio-based polylactic acid (PLA) packaging.

New DuPont(TM) Biomax(R) Strong 120 is a polymer additive that toughens PLA packaging materials while maintaining compliance with food contact requirements in the United States and in Europe. A similar additive was introduced in August 2006 for non-food applications. Both grades of Biomax(R) Strong provide improved toughness performance with minimal reduction in package clarity.

“Offering a food contact compliant grade of Biomax(R) Strong gives DuPont a way to help food marketers take better advantage of an environmentally preferred solution in packages such as clamshells used in fresh produce sections,” said Shanna Moore, global market manager for DuPont Packaging.

“We are firmly committed to developing sustainable solutions, including solutions that improve the performance of other sustainable offerings in the market,” Moore said. “By improving the performance of bio-based and biodegradable products, DuPont(TM) Biomax(R) Strong can help the packaging industry deliver high performance at a competitive price.”

Now more than ever, consumers expect freshness, taste and convenience in packaged foods and beverages — and industry leaders such as DuPont Packaging continue to respond with innovations in materials and technology, including science-based solutions for improved sustainability. From energy-saving package sealants made with DuPont(TM) Surlyn(R) resins, to package performance enhancers such as DuPont(TM) Bynel(R) adhesive resins and easy peeling DuPont(TM) Appeel(R) lidding resins, DuPont offers a wide line of high- performance polymers and additives to meet global packaging needs.

DuPont — one of the first companies to publicly establish environmental goals 16 years ago — has broadened its sustainability commitments beyond internal footprint reduction to include market-driven targets for both revenue and research and development investment. The goals are tied directly to business growth, specifically to the development of safer and environmentally improved new products for key global markets.

DuPont is a science-based products and services company. Founded in 1802, DuPont puts science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, healthier life for people everywhere. Operating in more than 70 countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture and food; building and construction; communications; and transportation.

The DuPont Oval Logo, DuPont(TM), The miracles of science(TM), Surlyn(R), Appeel(R), Bynel(R), and Biomax(R) are trademarks or registered trademarks of DuPont.

Source: DuPont

Cathy Branciaroli of DuPont
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