Dow Polyurethane Systems, working with the Italian producer of polyurethane shoe soles Mondial Suole, is set to test a newly developed elastomeric polyurethane material with renewable content for use in the footwear industry.
The polyurethane, containing polyols made using Renuva renewable resource technology from Dow, incorporates 20 to 25 percent of raw materials derived from renewable sources. Specifically designed for footwear applications, this new product, once evaluated by the footwear industry, would be a step forward in bringing more environmentally sustainable practices to the shoe manufacturing process.
"Consumer interest in 'green' products is holding strong, even in today's challenging economic climate, and footwear industry is increasingly adopting 'green' processes and materials," said Giuseppe Vairo, a development specialist at Dow Polyurethane Systems.
"Our new polyurethane can help to enable production of high quality shoes with less burden on the environment. It's a way for manufacturers to stand apart from competition, and delight customers, especially given that polyurethane soles have long been recognised for exceptional comfort, flexibility and durability."