Avient sets ambitious targets for personal protection and sustainability of its Dyneema® high performance fibers

09 December, 2019

Avient, a global science-based company in nutrition, health and sustainable living, today announces new sustainability ambitions for Dyneema®, the world's strongest fiber™. In doing so, Avient 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 Avient’s Dyneema portfolio address industry-specific demands and are fully aligned with Avient’s commitment to create brighter lives for all and focused on the three key areas in which Avient is driving sustainable markets: Nutrition & Health, Climate & Energy and Resources & Circularity. This follows Avient’s strategy ‘Growth & Value - Purpose led, Performance driven’.

People protected - 40 million by 2023

With Dyneema, Avient is continuously raising the bar when it comes to realizing healthier and safer working conditions, with a specific focus on personal protection wear and equipment for first responders, law enforcement officers, heavy industry workers and sports enthusiasts across the world. Today, products and solutions with Dyneema protect 30 million people per year and by 2023 the aim is to protect at least an additional 10 million.

Bio-based feedstock - 60% by 2030

Avient 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, Avient 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.

Recycling Dyneema at end-of-use

By 2020, Avient 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 Avient 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. Avient believes that the transition towards a more circular economy is only possible by collaborating across the entire value-chain.

Wilfrid Gambade, President DSM Dyneema said: “With our Dyneema portfolio we actively contribute to the development of more sustainable and life-saving products. We are aware of the sustainability challenges concerning our markets and industries and strongly believe that we can set an example by improving our own operations. At the same time, by working closely together with our partners and suppliers, we aim to grow performance and quality when it comes to protecting people and the environment they live in - because all life is precious.”

Avient will continue driving its sustainability strategy across all the industries in which Dyneema is used, including law enforcement and personal protection, heavy lifting, maritime, renewable energy, sports and fashion.

Wilfrid Gambade, President DSM Dyneema, discusses new sustainability ambitions