Hickory, North Carolina -- US flexible foam maker Hickory Springs has announced that it is the first US foam producer to bring foam that complies with the CertiPUR-US scheme to the domestic market.
"The concept of CertiPUR-US is simple," said Hickory Springs vice-president Bobby Bush, in a company statement. "By complying with this voluntary programme, we can confirm to customers and consumers that we have taken proactive measures to verify that our foam not only provides durable comfort but is produced in a responsible, user-friendly manner."
CertiPUR started in Europe in 2004 as a scheme to assure foam users that they were buying high-quality foam containing specified ingredients, and has now been adopted -- with very few alterations -- by flexible foam makers in the US. The US scheme is open to all manufacturers of flexible polyurethane foam selling product in the US.
Under the scheme, foam is tested for VOCs (volatile organic compounds) and undergoes chemical breakdown analysis. Manufacturers must sign an affirmation that CertiPUR-US-prohibited ingredients, such as ozone-depleting CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons), PBDE fire retardants (polybrominated diphenyl ethers), lead, mercury and other materials of concern, are not used in the foaming process.
Hickory Springs is one of several founding members of the CertiPUR-US programme, which was officially introduced by the Polyurethane Foam Association earlier this year and is now operated by the Alliance of Flexible Polyurethane Foam, Inc. (AFPF), of which Bush is chairman.
"We see this as the foam industry's best route for the future," said Bush. With guidance from a diverse AFPF Advisory Panel, CertiPUR-US will remain "vital, adjusting to new concerns and incorporating developing science in every aspect of foam and the foaming process." He continued, "I'm excited about the possibilities. This programme not only levels the field, no matter where the foam is produced, but it also establishes a level of verified quality control and product safety that the industry has never had before."