Home Care Sustainability
Home care solutions for a better world
For Dow, sustainability is a must for doing business and long-term commitment — a commitment to using resources efficiently, minimizing our footprint and helping our customers do the same. We understand sustainability has different dimensions, at Dow we embrace multiple solutions at all stages of the product make and use cycle allowing us to contribute to the transition toward a more sustainable planet and society.
From the footprint stage of the cycle where feedstocks are used to make our materials to the Handprint stage where our materials are used by consumers in formulated products and finally the end-of-life stage by ensuring recyclability through biodegradation, we are here to help.
Our strategy is to build on our core competencies while accelerating key initiatives to address some of our sustainability challenges including decarbonization by committing to decrease our net annual carbon emissions while growing capacity.
We aim to reduce the largest environmental impact of washing clothes by eliminating the need to heat water and use less cold water. This saves energy and extends the longevity of clothing by reducing the wear that hot water can cause. Leveraging our broad portfolio and R&D expertise we have products enable our customers to create more compact, concentrated formulations—saving time, packaging waste and energy in transportation.
DOWSIL™ EasyRinse GP-4633 Granules
Learn how to reduce the water needed for the rinse cycle in manual and semi-automatic wash applications.
ECOSURF™ EH Surfactant
Explore a line of biodegradable, nonionic surfactants designed to provide formulation flexibility.
Discover this Organofunctional Silicone Antifoam Compound designed to provide persistent foam control.
At Dow we are developing formulation solutions that help reduce environmental footprint and optimize the use of resources to support more streamlined manufacturing processes.
Our portfolio includes technologies that enable formulations with naturally derived ingredients, a line of sophorolipids derived from fermentation, mass balance ingredients from renewable sourcing and recycled carbon ingredients, all without sacrificing performance.
The environmental fate of our solutions is a critical aspect of the sustainability use cycle. At Dow we have products that recycle carbon through natural processes and have a biodegradable backbone. A number of our ingredients are already biodegradable, and we are actively engaged in programs to develop biodegradable alternatives for the rest.
ACUSOL™ PRIME 1 Polymer
An inherently biodegradable dispersant to prevent scale deposition on multiple substrates.
SupraCare™ 780 Additive
A multi-functional cellulosic derivative combining rheology and structuring benefits.
ECOSURF™ LFE-1410 Surfactant
A low-foaming surfactant with outstanding foam control and degreasing properties.
Dow’s “Protect the Climate” targets reflect our commitment to accelerate our work with our suppliers, customers, and value chain partners to ensure Dow’s ecosystem is carbon neutral by 2050.
- By 2030, Dow will reduce its net annual carbon emissions by 5 million metric tons versus its 2020 baseline (15% reduction) or by 30% reduction from the 2005 baseline
- By 2050, Dow intends to be carbon neutral (Scopes 1+2+3 plus product benefits)
Dow Home Care is committed to integrating into Dow’s decarbonization of Home Care ingredients.
Learn more about Dow’s path to zero carbon emissions.
- The desire for sustainable products with increased bio-content has garnered interest in alternative feedstocks for ethylene and propylene production.
- The use of renewable bio-based feedstocks, in lieu of fossil feedstocks, provides an approach to producing a chemically equivalent final product while improving the product's sustainability profile.
- The mass balance approach offers consumers a way to obtain products with increased bio-content in a cost-efficient way,* while transitioning away from a dependence on conventional feedstocks.
Dow offers detergent manufacturers the opportunity to be part of tomorrow’s sustainability ecosystem and powered by recycled carbon. Recycled carbon surfactants combine high performance with cutting edge climate tech to deliver quality and environmental benefits today to laundry detergents and hard surface cleaners.
Early adopters will benefit from a drop-in solution that doesn’t compromise on the performance of traditional fossil-based surfactants, enabling a new circular carbon economy. Home Care products can now leverage a novel carbon capture-based approach for surfactant production.
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