Plant-based paint existed long before DSM – in fact, it’s been around for 17,000 years. In more recent times, we’ve seen a move from solventborne to waterborne resin and coating technology. But now, a new plant-based revolution is being ushered in by our bright minds at DSM.
Decovery® is a family of eco-friendly paint resins that contains anywhere from 30 to 50% plant-based content – with a 70% version already being prototyped. Despite being made from corn, seeds, tree bark, castor beans and other agricultural waste – with very little effect on the food chain – our Decovery® resin delivers a performance that is at least equal to that of conventional acrylic paints, while enabling a carbon footprint reduction of up to 34%. This is why our customers – and their customers – are now using Decovery® to deliver a fine, durable finish in everything from children’s furniture to walls, and wood.
Today, Decovery® is already being used to create eco-friendly paint, lacquers and stains across a wide range of interior and exterior applications – with potential for many more. From building and construction to furniture, Decovery® resin delivers a durable, dependable performance. It’s easy to apply – for both professionals and regular consumers alike. It comes in a variety of grades, ranging from low- to zero-VOC, and has a plant content of between 30 and 50%, depending on the application.
“What we’re now doing at Decovery® is actually re-inventing the chemistry of paint – which is fascinating, exhilarating and, of course, a little nerve-wracking at times.
One of our main focus areas is research into potential new plants and green materials that we can turn into the building blocks we need to develop the next generation of eco-friendly paint. In some ways, we’re trying to mirror nature itself through our R&D efforts by ensuring a process of constant evolution. The minute you’re completely satisfied as a scientist, it’s probably time to look for a new profession!”