Norfolk, UK -- IFS Chemicals has introduced a range of formulated polyols for the polyurethane industry, derived from recycled vegetable oils, the UK company said in a 23 June press release.
The 'Envirofoam Sustain' range is suitable for use in the building, refrigeration, marine and water-storage industries. Vegetable oils, which have been used within the food processing industry, are collected, recycled and converted to rigid foam polyols.
IFS said that its Enviropol R201 polyol has been independently analysed and found to have a biobased content of 86 percent. This product is used to produce a fully formulated polyol component with 45-60 percent biobased content and is currently being supplied to manufacturers of items such as coldroom panels, commercial refrigerators, and structural insulated panels, IFS said in the statement.
The company added that the development is significant as the starting material is not only renewable but is recycled as well. It has recently gained acceptance to the US BioPreferred programme, an initiative which independently certifies products composed wholly or significantly of agricultural ingredients.