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Polyurethane: versatile and green

These days you just have to be green.

Sustainability is inescapable on a threatened planet, and environmentally unfriendly firms are in the firing line every day for not doing their part.

So it’s got to be a good thing that polyurethanes are 100% recyclable.

Apart from Panespol® panels that are made from all-natural materials – such as our extraordinary Natural Moss line – all our products will allow you to keep on the right side of the tracks when it comes to sustainability and ecological credibility.

To begin with, polyurethane is an inert substance – and, therefore, stable and safe – that results from the combination of diisocyanates and polyols.

But recycling can turn polyurethane into useful consumer products such as sports mats, carpet underlay, and cushioning.

Recycling processes include chemical treatment, from which new polyols can be made. Many items, such as mattresses, insulation materials, car bumpers… go through mechanical operations such as powdering, compression moulding, or rebonding to produce flexible foam.

The European Diisocyanate and Polyol Producers Association (ISOPA) also claims that there are many ways in which the mere use of polyurethane is sustainable and environmentally more friendly than employing more fossil fuel-intensive materials.

“Polyurethanes use less than 0.1% of oil consumed worldwide and save up to 100 times more,” says the ISOPA web site.

“Polyurethanes help fight climate change in a variety of ways. For example, the material is an extremely efficient insulator and, when properly applied, it can improve the energy efficiency of buildings, thereby reducing the amount of carbon emissions created by heating.”

“Another example is the use of polyurethanes in the manufacture of vehicles. Vehicle makers are increasingly turning to polyurethanes, not only because they look good and make vehicles more comfortable, but because they are very light compared to other materials, and therefore save on fuel and decrease emissions.”

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