look what we did!Innovations From Polyurethane Manufacturers

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Outdoor Fitness with Polyurethane

Summer is a great season for trying out a new outdoor fitness activity. Not only is avoiding the gym often a more budget-friendly way to exercise, but you also get to enjoy all the beautiful scenes nature has to offer. There are so many outdoor activities to help you stay in shape during the summer months, including jogging, biking, hiking, swimming or kayaking. Whatever sport you choose, polyurethane will keep you looking sleek and stylish.

Advances in polyurethane fiber and coating technology allow athletic apparel designers to utilize a wide range of textures, colors and performance options for their garments, footwear...

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Category: Apparel, Athletics

Topaz-DOTS and INSQIN® transform the next generation PUMA football boot

Trans-Textil and Covestro have teamed up with PUMA to launch the latest innovation in football footwear, the evoPOWER Vigor 1, which sets new standards in design, precision and comfort.

All this has been achieved with PUMA’s Accufoam technology, consisting of three-dimensional, diamond-shaped dots called Topaz-DOTS, applied on both sides of a spandex™ upper material. Topaz-DOTS, the coating technology from Trans-Textil, is based on INSQIN® waterborne polyurethane technology from Covestro and it gives the shoe its unique design and playing features. 

The Accufoam technology provides exceptional comfort and outstanding precision when kicking the ball powerfully. It also contributes to...

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Category: Apparel, Athletics

Polyurethane Goes Camping

Camping is a great way to get acquainted with the great outdoors and spend quality time with loved ones. Having the right camp gear can help ensure your experience goes smoothly.

Camping tents coated with polyurethane are devised to be strong and water- and abrasion-resistant all while being lightweight. These incredible qualities can be very attractive to camping aficionados who are looking for a material that will withstand many of nature’s elements.

Having a comfortable sleeping bag or sleeping pad for the hard ground is also essential to your trip. Polyurethane foam is found in many sleeping bags and pads...

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Category: Apparel, Athletics, Environment

Namaste Balanced with Polyurethane

Today we celebrate the popular practice of yoga. Whether you’re forming into a downward dog, twisting into tree pose or simply catching your breath, polyurethane probably plays an important role.

Many yoga mats are equipped with a strong, flexible polyurethane coating. It is super lightweight, so it doesn’t weigh you down on the way to the studio, and it can help wick away moisture so you’re less likely to slip once you’re there.

So enjoy National Yoga Day on your lightweight mat and in the comfort of your yoga clothes – which, by the way, are also probably made...

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Category: Apparel, Athletics

U.S. Army Boots Get an Upgrade

Belleville Boot Company and Rocky Boots were recently selected to supply the U.S. Army with about 36,700 pairs of newly-designed Jungle Combat Boots. The new boots are considered to be more comfortable, faster drying and puncture resistant.

The new boot features a thick shock-absorbing polyurethane layer that helps keep feet dry. While the older jungle boots were made of hard rubber, these newer boots will include a polyurethane insert with perforations designed to move water away from the foot and absorb extra shock.

We’re glad that polyurethane can help our troops be more comfortable!

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Category: Apparel

Polyurethane Makes a Sustainable Solution

A recent exhibition at the Cooper Hewitt Museum in New York illustrated how designers from around the world are innovating the world of fashion in a sustainable way. Each designer interpreted the concept of waste differently by handling it throughout different phases of the production process.

One of these designers developed an innovative process for her Riedizioni bags. Inspired by the yarn left over from the fabric loom and thrown away during the cutting process, she decided to experiment and incorporate this scrap material into her handbags. Ultimately, she ended up with a production process that involves a material...

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Category: Apparel

Gearing Up for Fashion Week with Polyurethane

Throughout the year, the fashion industry comes together in the fashion capitals of the world to celebrate artistic creativity. Fashion’s most creative minds and talented craftsmen present their new collections in a series of runway shows and presentations, which then set the upcoming trends of the season.

In recent years, designers have experimented with different materials that are not only fashion forward, but also durable, long-lasting and comfortable – making polyurethane the go-to choice.

Polyurethane can be used in a range of clothing, from shoes to faux-leather jackets. Since versatile polyurethane can be fashioned into fine threads, the material has...

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Category: Apparel

National Sticker Day

Another fun holiday brought to you by versatile, durable, incredible Polyurethane! Happy National Sticker Day! Ever wonder why stickers look so glossy and can stick to almost anything? Polyurethane adhesives and coatings are the material of choice in the making of decals, stickers and labels.

The front side of the sticker is covered with a thick, clear polyurethane coating to give it that glossy finish and help keep the sticker durable and flexible. Polyurethane is also used on the adhesive side of stickers. Polyurethane adhesives and sealants provide excellent stress recovery to retain shape after being bent or pulled....

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Category: Apparel, Automotive

Polyurethane Gifts for Christmas

Not sure what to get your Secret Santa this year? Here are some ideas – all made possible by polyurethane!

Gadgets and appliances are always fan favorites when it comes to gift giving. From computers to kitchen appliances, polyurethane is helping turn innovative designs and ideas into the products we use every day.

What about a new pair of pumps or the season’s coolest sneaker? Polyurethane adhesives help footwear go that extra mile by keeping parts of the shoe together.

Still not sold? You can never go wrong with a gift for the home. Polyurethane is one of...

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Category: Apparel, Appliances, Furniture

National “Ugly Christmas Sweater” Day

It’s the Christmas tradition that people love or hate – ugly Christmas sweaters. Today is the day to take them out of storage since it’s National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day!

Wear those ugly Christmas sweaters now since the end of the year is coming up quickly. After the holidays, you’ll be ready to hide the sweaters and hit the gym to work off Santa’s cookies. And fortunately, athletic apparel is much more fashion-forward and comfortable than Christmas sweaters thanks to polyurethane.  

When scientists discovered that polyurethanes could be spun into fine threads, it didn’t take long for polyurethane...

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Category: Apparel