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Hilary Maxfield :
Dow Reichhold and Sustainable Solutions Inc. Sign New Agreement, Embark on New Product Development and Marketing Initiative

Endeavors help customers gain new value from reclaimed product waste streams


Hilary Maxfield :
Dow Reichhold Specialty Latex and Sustainable Solutions, Inc. (SSI) have signed an agreement through which the companies will pool product development and marketing resources to serve new and existing applications using regenerated leather and other post-industrial waste.

Through the SmartStreams™ process developed by SSI, manufacturing waste such as leather scrap is processed and used in high-value applications such as automotive seating, furniture upholstery and many others. Dow Reichhold enhances the SmartStreams process through both advanced latex binder chemistry and access to experienced new product development resources.

“Working with Dow Reichhold, we are creating opportunities for the reclamation and use of post-industrial waste in value-added applications,” K. Joy Nunn, president and founder of SSI, said. “By combining the technology and marketing savvy of both companies, we offer customers new value streams that improve not only profitability, but also their environmental stewardship efforts, which have a positive impact on the world we live in.”

Branded products currently produced through the agreement include:
• Thermold™, a unique, nonwoven material with thermo-molding properties that can be used as a replacement for traditional plastics.
• Dilusso™, a specialty composite rollgood made from regenerated leather and sustainable materials that offer a look and feel matching natural leather products.
• UrbanWood™, an alternative for medium-density fiberboard (MDF), made from shipping pallets and other materials.

“SSI, with our support, is showing manufacturers that good environmental stewardship can be very profitable,” Galen Hatfield, vice president for development at Dow Reichhold, explained. “Together, we are developing products from post-industrial waste streams that are of the same – or better – quality as those produced via traditional processes. It is an exciting endeavor and we are happy to be working with an industry leader like SSI to bring these products to market.”

For more information, visit or call 918-485-1755.

About Sustainable Solutions, Inc. (
Sustainable Solutions, Inc., develops materials and products by incorporating post-industrial waste streams as a fresh raw material supply. SSI is helping companies benefit from their own valuable resources by changing the traditional negative perception of manufacturing waste streams into a positive one. Waste streams become useful, valuable, and profitable SmartStreams™. SSI partners with diverse companies in a variety of markets to utilize these SmartStreams™ in the development of innovative products. Corporate offices for SSI are located in Wagoner, Okla., with additional offices in Michigan, Florida and Shenzhen, China.

About Dow Reichhold (
Dow Reichhold Specialty Latex LLC is a 50/50 joint venture of The Dow Chemical Company and Reichhold, Inc. The joint venture is the world’s largest producer of specialty latex. The company is headquartered in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, U.S.A., with operations worldwide.

™Dow Reichhold Specialty Latex

SmartStreams, Thermold, Dilusso and UrbanWood are trademarks of Sustainable Solutions, Inc.


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