look what we did!Innovations From Polyurethane Manufacturers


Polyurethane Helps Shoe Manufacturers Reach their Sustainability Goals

Many footwear companies have pledged to reduce waste and their carbon footprint over the coming years. Several have turned to polyurethane to achieve innovative solutions that can help them reach their sustainability goals to accomplish this task.

Shoes Made Solely from Polyurethane

Several footwear brands are now in the business of creating shoes made entirely from polyurethane. Balenciaga, for example, has introduced a shoe called the Zen sneaker. Touted as a leather alternative, the shoe is constructed entirely from polyurethane. 

Simplifying the Supply Chain

On average, most athletic shoes are made using a dozen or more materials. This production process...

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Category: Apparel, Environment, Innovation Bonds

What is “workleisure” — and is it here to stay?

Polyurethane has long been a key component in exercise clothing. The features polyurethane brings to this apparel —stretch, water resistance, durability and light weight — have made it indispensable in fabrics that need to perform in the gym or out in the elements while allowing the wearer freedom of movement. 

Those same characteristics have had an unexpected side benefit: exercise clothing is extremely comfortable to wear. The athleisure trend — essentially, wearing clothing that is designed for or styled like exercise clothing even when not exercising — was already in full swing prior to the pandemic. 

Then, suddenly we were...

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Category: Apparel, Athletics

Take a hike with polyurethane

Hiking is a great exercise that allows you to soak in the fresh air. Having the right gear for your hike can make it so much more enjoyable. Polyurethane is a key component in many of the items you’ll need to make your hike successful. 

Water coolers

Making a plan to stay hydrated is one of the most important aspects of your pre-hike preparation. It’s possible that you won’t be near a source of drinkable water, and while any water is better than none, it’s nice to be able to keep your drinking water at a refreshing temperature. 

Many water...

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Category: Apparel, Athletics

Polyurethane helps conquer unique challenges for face masks

Today, face coverings have become a part of our daily lives and a necessity whenever we’re outside the home. In the early days of the pandemic, medical masks and N95-style masks were our only options — and often in short supply. Soon, manufacturers of all kinds stepped forward to fill the void and now a wide variety of non-medical masks are available in a range of styles, colors and prices. Polyurethane has proven itself an indispensable material as some manufacturers look to create masks like these that cater to specific scenarios. 

A mask that can handle your workout

For athletes...

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Category: Apparel, Athletics

Polyurethane Helps Cyclists Hit the Open Road This Summer

If you’re like many Americans, the call of the open road may be beckoning you to saddle up and head out on your bicycle this summer. As you get ready to strap on a helmet and embark on your next cycling adventure, consider this roundup of ways polyurethane is helping to make your ride safer and more comfortable.

Cycling Shorts

Polyurethane’s lightweight, breathable components make it the perfect material for sweat-resistant apparel. Thanks to its stretchiness, the fabric stays in place, moving with the cyclist, even through the most arduous ride. Polyurethane is also durable, standing up to reptitive motion...

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Category: Apparel, Athletics

Polyurethane Helps You Feel the Burn — Even at Home

Does warmer weather have you thinking about getting into shape? You don’t necessarily need a gym membership to get that perfect summer bod. Thanks to exercise equipment made with polyurethane there are a number of creative ways to feel the burn from the comfort of your home. When it comes to fighting the flab, these workout products made with polyurethane play a pivotal role in helping you get in shape:

Foam Rollers

Do you have a knot in your muscle? Roll it out. Foam rollers are a a great way to stretch and soothe aching muscles. You can use a...

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Category: Apparel, Athletics

Polyurethane in the Fight Against the Coronavirus

The novel coronavirus has required an “all hands on deck” approach from both the public and private sector when it comes to fighting the spread of the disease and safeguarding citizens. The polyurethane industry has been no exception. Here are just a few of the ways polyurethane manufacturers from around the U.S. are contributing to the effort.

Mattress Manufacturers

Foam mattresses made with polyurethane account for a large and growing percentage of the mattress market. With the spread of the novel coronavirus, hospitals at or near capacity have been clamoring for badly needed supplies. To meet the need and growing...

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Category: Apparel, Innovation Bonds

Polyurethane Is Hitting the Mat with Cheerleaders

Thanks to the recent popularity of a streaming docuseries, there is now an even more fervent interest in the sport of cheerleading. While it may not be at the front and center of cheer routines or at pep rallies, polyurethane is behind the scenes doing its part to help cheerleaders be safer. At the amateur, high school and college levels, polyurethane has become a familiar fixture at practices and competitions.

Mats

Often, a mat is the only thing that separates these high-flying and tumbling athletes from the hard ground. Today, many gym mats used in cheerleading are made using polyurethane....

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Polyurethane Gear Keeps You Warm This Winter

Whether you’re planning to carve up the slopes on a hardcore ski weekend getaway or just taking the dog for her morning constitutional, it’s cold out there. Luckily, polyurethane is here to do its part to keep you warm. No matter your level of aerobic activity or how long you plan to stay outdoors, there is some polyurethane winter wear or gear that is sure to be right for you.

Gloves

While providing protection against water and wind, polyurethane gloves also provide improved dexterity, grip and comfort for the wearer. Plus, gloves can be manufactured to be seamless, helping to...

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Category: Apparel

The Polyurethane Story Behind Wisconsin’s Famed Foam Cheeseheads®

In 1987, Ralph Bruno hacked into the upholstery of his mother’s couch cushion. From the torn fabric, he pulled out the foam insert, sculpting it using a turkey carving knife into the shape of a triangular cheese wedge. He then added an inverted dome on the bottom of his creation so that it would fit atop his head. Later, he put holes in the foam to make the wedge vaguely resemble Swiss cheese and painted the entire thing a yellow-orange hue — like American cheese. 

The Reception

Bruno proudly wore his homemade headwear to a Milwaukee baseball game in response...

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