Middleton, UK – Vita Group, which makes flexible polyurethane foam, has joined the Renuva Mattress recycling programme. It will be using polyols produced by the process to make flexible PU foams.
Vita joins in circular mattress economy
'Sustainability and innovation are integral to Vita’s culture, purpose and values,' said Ian Robb, Vita Group’s CEO. 'We are committed to being pioneers in the development of a circular economy within our industry, where post-consumer flexible PU foams will be recycled into new raw materials for use in our manufacturing process to produce new, quality foams.’
Vita expects to start using polyols at its ICOA plant in Crancey, France in early 2021. It will also work with mattress brands in France and across Europe to promote the use of foam made with recycled polyols in the new mattress market. It also plans to look for other applications.
Dow is promoting the polyols under its Renuva brand. They are made from post-consumer mattress waste collected under France's Eco-Mobilier scheme, and generated at Orrion Chemicals’ Orgafoam site in France using technology developed by Germany's H&S.
Ana Haracemiv, EMEAI commercial VP at Dow Polyurethanes, said Dow is very happy to have Vita on board 'Their market experience and sustainability focus will help enable a faster industry realisation of the circular economy for flexible polyurethane foams,' she said.