Dow Announces Collaboration for Breakthrough in Polyurethane Mattress Recycling
Dow enters into agreement to develop the market for recycled polyurethane
Dow Polyurethanes, a business unit of DowDuPont Materials Science Division (NYSE: DWDP), has announced a cooperation agreement with Germany-based plant manufacturer H&S Anlagentechnik to develop the market for recycled polyols manufactured from end-of-life mattresses. The polyols recycled through the process can be applied into a variety of polyurethane applications. The move comes as the European bedding industry is assessing the impact of the European Commission’s 2015 Circular Economy Package, comprising new waste management targets for reuse, recycling and landfilling, strengthening provisions on waste prevention and extended producer responsibility.
“As a global sustainability leader, Dow is committed to advancing the circular economy by delivering the innovations necessary for scalable solutions that will close resource loops in key markets,” said Marcel Moeller, EMEAI marketing director, Polyurethanes. “We therefore welcome the opportunity to provide solutions to help make the bedding industry more resource efficient, innovative and successful. We look forward to developing the market for polyols from recycled polyurethane mattresses that will serve a variety of end markets.”
Commenting on the collaboration, Ruediger Schaffrath, managing director of H&S Anlagentechnik said: “Through this collaboration we are pleased to contribute towards the development of sustainable reuse of polyurethane materials that will help deliver the EU objectives of reducing landfills and incineration streams. This technology targets to enable recovery of valuable raw materials from end-of-life mattresses that was impossible in the past.”
In 2015, Dow launched its 2025 Sustainability Goals, its third set of decade-long sustainability-related goals since 1995 to help redefine the role of business in society. One of Dow’s seven 2025 Sustainability Goals is dedicated to Advancing the Circular Economy. Dow is working with other industry leaders, non-profit organizations and governments to deliver six major projects that facilitate the world’s transition to a Circular Economy by delivering solutions to close the resource loops in key markets.
About Dow Polyurethanes
Dow Polyurethanes develops and delivers a broad portfolio of technologies and customized solutions to customers in a variety of industries under its DurableScience, ComfortScience and InsulationScience category brands. Applications range from industrial and infrastructure solutions, to consumer comfort solutions in flooring, furniture bedding and footwear, to energy-efficient insulation materials. The business manufactures and sells key chemical components as well as fully-formulated polyurethane systems for rigid, semi-rigid and flexible foams, and coatings, adhesives, sealants, elastomers and composites. Dow is the world's largest producer of propylene oxide (PO), propylene glycol (PG), and polyether polyols, and is a leading producer of quality aromatic isocyanates, such as MDI. Striving to meet the specific needs of its customers in their local geographic regions, Dow Polyurethanes operates a global network of production sites and systems houses, as well as innovation and service centers. The business has an ongoing initiative to lead the industry in providing high-performance products that meet critical market needs and contribute to a more comfortable, healthier and resilient society. For more information, visit www.dowpolyurethanes.com and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.
About DowDuPont Materials Science Division DowDuPont Materials Science, a business division of DowDuPont (NYSE: DWDP), combines science and technology knowledge to develop premier materials science solutions that are essential to human progress. The division has one of the strongest and broadest toolkits in the industry, with robust technology, asset integration, scale and competitive capabilities that enable it to address complex global issues. DowDuPont Materials Science’s market-driven, industry-leading portfolio of advanced materials, industrial intermediates, and plastics businesses deliver a broad range of differentiated technology-based products and solutions for customers in high-growth markets such as packaging, infrastructure, and consumer care. DowDuPont intends to separate the Materials Science division into an independent, publicly traded company. More information can be found at www.dow-dupont.com.