Dow Leads the Way to More Sustainable Footwear With ENGAGE™ REN Plant-Based High Performing Polyolefin Elastomers

Innovative technology pioneered by Dow supports the footwear industry on its sustainability journey, bringing lower carbon material choices to consumers
Jun 22, 2022 10:20 AM ET
Press Release

HORGEN, Switzerland, June 22, 2022 /3BL Media/ - Dow has announced the launch of ENGAGE™ REN, an innovative and more sustainable brand extension to the ENGAGE™ range of high-performing polyolefin elastomers (POEs). The new brand enabled by Dow’s ECOLIBRIUM technology, will help the footwear industry to unlock a lower carbon footprint and develop more sustainable products which offer the same high-performance results.

Some of the key benefits that ENGAGE™ REN will offer manufacturers in the footwear industry include:

  • Improved foam quality and polymer consistency
  • Better resilience 
  • Lighter foams with equivalent hardness
  • Improved abrasion resistance and durability.

When used alongside other recycled materials, brands will be able to offer a more complete sustainable footwear option to their customers. Soon, these products will be available to sustainability-conscious consumers thanks to Dow’s collaboration with footwear brand, Crocs. Dow has begun supplying plant-based polymers for use in Crocs’ manufacturing process of its proprietary Croslite™ material, which have an even lower CO2 impact than their current material. The company will take a mass balance approach to scaling the percentage of plant-based polymers into its footwear over time. Crocs is the first footwear brand to go-to-market with this new material technology.

Sustainably sourced bio-feedstock

ENGAGE™ REN polyolefin elastomers (POEs) are produced using renewable energy and plant-based feedstocks such as used cooking oil. As only waste residues or by-products from an alternative production process are utilized, these raw feedstock materials don’t consume extra land resources nor compete with the food chain.

ENGAGE™ REN plant-based polymers deliver equivalent performance in the final application as fossil-fuel counterparts and therefore don’t require reformulation.

“Manufacturers, brands, retailers and consumers all recognize the role they play in reducing the impact of climate change and as a result, are seeking out more sustainable options,” said Imran Munshi, Global Bio-Polymers and Consumer Market Manager at Dow. “Combining a lower carbon footprint and no compromise on performance, ENGAGE™ REN provides the footwear industry with an innovative solution that enhances the sustainability profile of their products, while maintaining the same high-performance results they’ve come to expect from Dow. We are committed to enabling our customers to reduce their carbon impact and meet their sustainability targets and we are excited about how this innovation advances the market for more sustainable materials.”

As a leading materials science company, Dow continues to work towards transformational change with partners and policy makers to tackle the challenges of climate change. The introduction of ENGAGE™ REN highlights how Dow is supporting the markets we participate in, to reduce the carbon footprint and provide more sustainable, high-performing solutions to our customers.

About Dow

Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines global breadth; asset integration and scale; focused innovation and materials science expertise; leading business positions; and environmental, social and governance (ESG) leadership to achieve profitable growth and deliver a sustainable future. The Company's ambition is to become the most innovative, customer centric, inclusive and sustainable materials science company in the world. Dow's portfolio of plastics, industrial intermediates, coatings and silicones businesses delivers a broad range of differentiated, science-based products and solutions for its customers in high-growth market segments, such as packaging, infrastructure, mobility and consumer applications. Dow operates 104 manufacturing sites in 31 countries and employs approximately 35,700 people. Dow delivered sales of approximately $55 billion in 2021. References to Dow or the Company mean Dow Inc. and its subsidiaries. For more information, please visit www.dow.com or follow @DowNewsroom on Twitter.

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