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DU PONT CHAIRMAN SPEAKS AT SOCIETY OF PLASTICS ENGINEERS' CONFERENCE

 DU PONT CHAIRMAN SPEAKS AT SOCIETY OF PLASTICS ENGINEERS' CONFERENCE
 DETROIT, May 5 /PRNewswire/ -- As environmental progress shifts from the political arena to our economic life, industry will have to take the lead to successfully solve problems of resource use and disposal, Du Pont Chairman Edgar S. Woolard Jr. said here today.
 In his speech, "Industrial Leadership in a Greener World," at the Society of Plastics Engineers' Annual Technical Conference, Woolard said that the future of the environment will not be decided by government regulations. Rather, it will be decided "...in the kitchens and backyards, schools and supermarkets and on the shop floors of America," and depends "to a great extent on whether industry helps the consumer to win."
 Environmental ideology has prompted society to act but generally does not offer solutions, Woolard said. "Workable solutions to our environmental problems have to be grounded in economic realities" and can only come through industrial innovation.
 Economic development and the environment have always been interdependent, Woolard said. The public, the media, environmentalists and industrialists are now recognizing this fact. Through applied industrial innovation, it is possible to sustain economic development in an environmentally responsible way.
 He said Du Pont, for example, has launched numerous technical initiatives in plastics that are promising for both the environment and the company's bottom line, including:
 -- developing technology to internally reclaim and reuse more than 1 billion pounds per year of plastics that once went to landfills;
 -- developing new economically recyclable auto body panel resins; and
 -- inventing a new depolymerization process which will enable the industry to economically recover pure plastics ingredients from complex polymers.
 The biggest challenge, Woolard said, is to integrate these and other industry efforts into an infrastructure that works efficiently.
 He said this will take individual and corporate commitment to embrace change, to specify and reuse post-use plastics, as well as replace society's disposable "cradle-to-grave" mentality with a more innovative "cradle-to-cradle" mindset.
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