OUR MATERIALS 2022-07-21

Turning The Harmful Algae Bloom to Comfort Footbeds

Our commitment to sustainable product is at the heart of what we do

At DSC, we continuously look for sustainable material to help ensure a healthy planet for us all and future generations. A key piece of this work revolves around the search for bio-based materials that can help lower or dependence on fossil-fuels to make our products. Durapontex BIO is a product offering that leverages the innovation of adding material derived from the harvesting of harmful algae blooms from some of the world’s most compromised waterways.

 

Why Algae?

DSC have partnered with the world’s leading algae harvesters who harvest harmful algae that are polluting water sources to create a usable footwear foam product instead.  By harvesting the algae, it removes harmful and toxic algae growth, recirculates the fresh water back and results in keeping the ecology of the waterways in balance. 

The algae need carbon dioxide from the air to grow, and locks it away in a solid biomass. This means using harvest algae not only reduces the CO2 emission, but also lowers the use on petroleum.

 

It feels green, it looks green, and it performs green

Made with 20% harvested, harmful algae blooms, Durapontex BIO is a closed-cell EVA foam that maintains DSC’s high-performance standards for our materials while lowering our fossil-fuel reliance.  Developed as an underfoot foam solution, Durapontex BIO is available in a broad spectrum of hardnesses and densities based on our customer’s needs. Under or wide umbrella of capabilities, we have in-house processes which allow us to combine Durapontex BIO with textiles and logo designs to create customized components in both die cut and molded constructions. Oh, and did we mention it comes in a beautiful shade of green?

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