Through the use of sustainably sourced polyurethane materials and efforts that contribute to the circular economy, we’re continually working to create a better future for our planet. Our solutions are focused on improving resource efficiency through reuse, recycling and energy recovery.
We aim to get the most out of carbon, which is why we used it to develop an innovative raw material for high quality, flexible polyurethane foams. This polyol is made with up to 20 percent CO2 – helping to close the carbon loop. Using carbon for the production of polyurethane insulation foam also allows us to save up to 70 percent more energy over the entire product life cycle. Furthermore, we incorporate bio-renewable components in to our foam, such as bio-aniline.
During the show, check out a presentation by our own Ted Frick, Head of Research and Development – Polyurethanes, to learn more about these sustainability efforts.
Beating the End-of-Life Challenge: Exploring Recycling Options for Foam Materials
Date: Thursday, March 28, 2019
Time: 1:45 p.m.
Today’s industrial economies are mostly made up of linear “take, make, dispose” production processes. The problem is that such a linear economy depletes finite resources, such as fossil fuels, to make products that are simply thrown away, often with negative effects on the environment. A circular or closed-loop economy, in contrast, is regenerative and restorative by design. After identifying the biological and synthetic materials used by industry, a circular economy seeks to optimize their use.
A great deal is already being done to implement the circular economy in certain industries, such as plastics. In this presentation, Dr. Frick will address why the issue of the circular economy is so important to Covestro, the foam industry, and the entire chemical enterprise. He will also detail some efforts that Covestro is making to address and implement the circular economy.