DuPont Co. is working with EcoStrate SFS Inc. to create a post-consumer recycling program for carpet made from the company's Sonora renewably sourced, corn-based fiber.
The program will develop products made from used commercial and residential carpet containing the DuPont fiber.
EcoStrate makes signs, promotional items and mud flaps and will explore making flooring, shipping crates, pallets and building materials from the recovered carpet fiber. EcoStrate also will consider the use of the fiber in ballistics testing.
“While post-industrial recycling of DuPont Sorona has been practiced for years, we also have focused on identifying post-consumer recycling solutions for carpet made with DuPont Sorona. We believe that EcoStrate has an innovative program and our collaboration will be a benefit to both the carpet and recycling industries,” said John Lyons, global business development manager for Sorona.
The Sonora polymer, which includes 37 percent renewable plant-based ingredients, is made in Kinston, N.C., and facilities in China, according to Wilmington, Del.-based DuPont.