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Innovation = collaboration 

We believe that only by working together can we unlock the innovation, creativity and craftsmanship needed to reach our goal of making 100% plant-based paints a reality. 

From established paint players to family-run carpentry businesses, there’s a growing community of partners putting their weight behind Decovery® resin - and perhaps most importantly, behind what it represents: the ability to create the highest-performing paint that protects the health of people while being kinder to the planet. We’re on our way there, but without our partners, Decovery® would be just another great idea waiting to happen. Truly, there is no innovation without collaboration.

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Case studies

Opening new doors in sustainable coatings

How do you create beautiful wooden doors from recycled materials…without coating them in non-sustainable oils? This was the challenge facing Weekamp Doors, a family-run company of master craftsmen searching for a more sustainable coating for their bespoke and much-loved product. 

Through a chance encounter they discovered our Decovery® paint resin. And suddenly a whole new world opened up before them. “We had no idea that it was possible to create a high-end coating out of plants!” recalls technology manager Marco Wijma.  “We’ve been in business for 40 years so quality is our top priority. But producing and acting responsibly and sustainably are of equal importance to the way we do business.”

Now, Weekamp Doors, has joined forces with DSM and our trusted partner PPG Wood Finishes to develop a durable acrylic coating based on plants instead of fossils for its exterior ‘circular’ doors. The new coating protects these recycled doors from various elements like sun, wind and rain while retaining a fine look and feel. Beautiful. 

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INSIDE/INSIDE is an objective online platform where the sustainability rating of interior materials and products can be viewed and compared. Users will be able to see how sustainable, circular and healthy an interior is, based on an objective Life Cycle Analysis (LCA). Interior architects, facility employees, building developers and consumers can select interior products and materials and compare them on the environmental impact. While comparing products it is possible to create a mood board of interior products and check the detailed information of the products that have been selected for the interior. The INSIDE/INSIDE interior product will help users to make sustainable design decisions based on objective and verified environmental data. The platform will go live by the end of 2018.

The Dutch Green Building Council, NIBE and Ex Interiors initiated INSIDE/INSIDE to make sustainability of interiors measurable and comparable.  Building interiors are renewed regularly and have a high impact on both the environment and the health and well-being of building users. INSIDE/INSIDE will generate input for (governmental) tenders and certification standards to measure and regulate this impact. DSM’s Decovery® is one of the six founding partners whom supported the development of the platform.

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“Ecological products like wood can often be considered as sustainable when you look at the environmental impact of wooden products. But when these wooden products are finished with chemical coatings or paints it affects the environmental impact, while the reusability and toxicity will degrade. Furthermore, at the end of life it will not be possible to give the product 'back to nature'. Therefore I support the development of Decovery® as it helps to diminish the impact on the environment, but also benefits the health impact for the user inside a building.”

Edwin van Noort (Dutch Green Building Council) 

The formula for success

Our formula for success with Decovery® is fairly simple: Ensuring that our partners and customers are successful. It’s why we only launched this resin when we were 100% certain that it could deliver the performance they need – because having worked in coatings for product design and furniture for a long time, I’m only too aware of the challenges involved with industrial wood.  

We also recognize that every customer is different, so a major part of my role is working closely in re-formulating our product, both in terms of its performance for certain applications (whether indoor or outdoor); and also the amount of plant-based content inside - which we can vary from around 30 to 50%. In our business it’s all about the details!

Derrick Twene, Global Industry Manager, Decovery®

‘Plant-based resin for paint is not an option, it’s a duty’ 

Decovery® was presented by Italian furniture brands during Milan Design Week 2018. We asked these brands why they are designing more sustainable furniture, using a coating based on DSM's Decovery®

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Whether you’re a paint manufacturer, a coating company, a designer, an architect, or just plain interested… we’d love to tell you more.

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