Polymers for Loop Technology
Dow INFINAIR™ – The perfect, sustainable polyolefin elastomer innovation for mattresses
INFINAIR™ is a new sustainably developed polyolefin elastomer (POE) based solution for loop technology specifically designed for 3D Loop markets. Launched in January 2021, this innovative material can be used in a wide variety of applications, from residential mattresses to pet beds, baby pillows, medical mattresses, and outdoor furniture.
The INFINAIR™ solution is developed by fusing thermoplastic elastomer filaments to form thousands of bonded loops by a melt extrusion and water-cooling process. It is specially designed for 3D Loop fiber extrusion along with an optimized crystallinity to maximize the hardness of fiber and bonding strength of fiber loops.
That’s why the 3D Loop material made from INFINAIR™ offers better airflow, support, and comfort compared to traditional foam materials. Its 90%+ open structure and elastomeric nature embodies mattresses with the following traits:
- 100% recyclability with multiple second life applications
- High rebound and support
- Even body weight distribution
- Adjustable hardness and customizable comfort
- Noise-free solutions
- Superior breathability, washability, and quick drying
- Anti-odor and anti-bacterial properties
What makes an ideal mattress?
Comfort? Rebound? Breathability? Washability? Today’s customers aren’t just satisfied with one aspect – they want all the above for the best quality sleep. INFINAIR™, the latest polyolefin elastomer (POE) innovation from Dow, embodies all these traits, allowing you to produce mattresses that customers love in an environmentally sustainable way.
Expanding converters’ creativity with disruptive mattress technology
Dow utilized innovations from the cutting edge of product design, catalyst, and process technology to ensure that INFINAIR™ polyolefin elastomers are high quality and provide good processability and recyclability. Compared to other polyolefin and mattress products, Dow INFINAIR™ polyolefin elastomers show easy extrusion and better fiber bonding when making the 3D Loop.
The versatility and customizability of INFINAIR™ enable converters to break free from the traditional limitations of conventional materials, allowing them to unleash their creativity and produce innovative mattress and bedding products that meet evolving customer needs.
- High flexibility in matching different equipment processing conditions
- Broad portfolio and formulation options to meet various application requirements
- Strong innovation capabilities to facilitate continuous performance upgrades
Empowering sustainable living and the Circular Economy
Foam mattresses are among the top landfill materials around the globe. Innovative 3D Loop mattresses are easier to recycle than mattresses made with traditional foams, and could help prevent millions of tons of waste.
We designed INFINAIR™ POE 3D Loop to be almost 100% recyclable as part of our vision to advance the Circular Economy. The material’s thermoplastic nature makes it very easy to break down into material that can enjoy a second life as furniture, footwear, and infrastructure like running tracks and playgrounds. The production of INFINAIR™ POE 3D Loop is also clean, solvent-free, adhesive-free and with little volatile organic compounds (VOC). All those ensure this material’s low carbon footprint.
While INFINAIR™ POE 3D Loop will help millions around the world enjoy quality rest, it will also help save millions of tons of plastic waste and reduce emissions, helping brands and converters meet environmental sustainability goals.
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