July 16, 2012

Panasonic, Nike in bio-resins

I thought at first that bio-propanediol (PDO) is now being used on television parts (is it?).

But according to this press release from DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products, Panasonic Corporation Eco Solutions Company (part of Panasonic Group) is instead using resins made from DuPont Tate & Lyle's Susterra bio-PDO for its line of kitchen and bathroom systems.

The compounded plant-based and petroleum-based resins are being used to manufacture Panasonic's kitchen countertops in the "Living Station" product line and the bathroom ceilings in the "Cococino" product line, which are being marketed in the Asia Pacific region.

The biobased materials also are being used for the wash basins and toilets in the Panasonic product line.
"We are delighted to be the first in the industry with a biobased commercialized product offering. This achievement contributes to Panasonic's sustainability goals as outlined in Green Plan 2018. The year 2018 is the 100th anniversary of the Panasonic Company," commented Kazumasa Rokushima, director of the General Technology & Products Development Center, Housing Systems Business Group at the Panasonic Eco Solutions Company.
Meanwhile, Nike announced last week that it will soon start selling its most environment-friendly Nike GS football boot on August 15. The Nike GS boot is constructed using combined renewable-based and recycled materials.

The Nike GS  sole plate is said to be made of 50% Pebax® Renew (a plant derived material made with 97% castor beans made French specialty chemical company Arkema) and 50% renewable-based thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU).

The boot laces, lining and tongue are made from a minimum of 70% recycled materials. The toeboard and collar, feature at least 15% recycled materials.
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