Royal DSM, a global science-based company in nutrition, health and sustainable living, today announces new sustainability ambitions for Dyneema®, which it calls the world's strongest fiber™. In doing so, DSM aims to realize a more transparent and circular value chain for Dyneema, including improved sustainable business operations together with partners and suppliers.
The new targets for DSM’s Dyneema portfolio address industry-specific demands and are fully aligned with DSM’s commitment to create brighter lives for all and focused on the three key areas in which DSM is driving sustainable markets: Nutrition & Health, Climate & Energy and Resources & Circularity.
DSM is also introducing a bio-based feedstock for Dyneema. By 2030, at least 60% of Dyneema fiber feedstock will be sourced from bio-based raw materials enabling our customers to seamlessly shift to a more sustainable product and solution, without compromising on fiber performance. In this way, DSM is taking the next major step in its sustainability journey, introducing the first ever bio-based ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene fiber and further reducing its reliance on fossil-based resources. A mass-balancing approach will be used for the new bio-based Dyneema. The Dyneema bio-based material will be supplied to customers carrying the globally recognized ISCC Plus sustainability certification and will not require re-qualification of downstream products.
By 2020, DSM will establish an industry coalition consisting of customers, waste processors, and recycling companies to address the recycling of end products made with Dyneema fiber. As a first step, a DSM Circularity Summit with some key partners and recyclers took place in Brussels in November 2019. During the event the participants jointly created and committed to joining the Coalition while also setting clear priorities, establishing a vision of success, creating an action plan, and identifying opportunities to accelerate the transition to a circular economy. DSM believes that the transition towards a more circular economy is only possible by collaborating across the entire value-chain.