Macclesfield, UK – Viscoelastic foams made using Econic’s CO2-derived polyols perform at least as well as foams based on polyols from petrochemical sources, the company said. Polyols made from carbon dioxide via Econic’s catalytic technology offer a 20-50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, it said.
On average, viscoelastic foams made with these polyols have a recovery time of under 11s, a ball rebound below 15%, and a tensile strength of 40-58 kPa. The polyols are also odourless and colourless.
They can be used on their own, or in combination with recycled and biobased polyols, allowing the properties of the foams to be tailored to meet specific needs. Using the polyols will allow manufacturers of memory foam mattresses to enhance product quality and quality, Econic said, as well as allowing environmental claims to be made for the products.
“Econic’s technology goes beyond sustainable materials,” said CEO Keith Wiggins. “We’re setting a new standard of performance for the mattress industry. This represents a significant step towards a more circular economy without compromising on quality. Now mattress and furniture companies can deliver an even better consumer experience thanks to renewable carbon.”
Editor's note: this story has been modified to correct two errors in the second paragraph.