Wetteren, Belgium - Foamer Recticel is offering lingerie manufacturers a polyurethane foam with some of its polyol constituent made from soya-bean oil.
Explaining that this is "In line with the growing environmental awareness in the entire apparel market," Recticel said its PureFeel foam -- part of its Body Foams range -- offers lingerie manufacturers the choice to source more sustainable foam.
"Bio-polyols leave a smaller environmental footprint as substituting traditional petrochemical polyol with bio- based polyol will results in 36 percent less global warming emissions, 61 percent less non-renewable energy use and 23 percent less total energy demand," said Bert Van Langendonck, sales and marketing manager. For every 1 million pounds of bio-polyol used, about 2200 barrels of crude petroleum is saved, the Recticel executive added.
PureFeel will be introduced to the public during the Hong Kong Mode Lingerie Exhibition, 7-8 April 2009.