look what we did!Innovations From Polyurethane Manufacturers

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

Polyurethane Helps Keep You Warm

‘Tis the season to snuggle with a blanket and sit by the fire. This winter season polyurethane is helping keep you warm in several different ways.

Used in flexible foam and bonding adhesives, polyurethane is one of the most common materials in upholstered furniture, bedding and carpet flooring. Polyurethane helps make your couch comfortable and cushions your feet when you walk on a carpeted floor.

Not only is polyurethane in products inside your home, but it’s also an important component of your home. Polyurethane foam insulation helps keep the indoor environment of your home warm and temperate.

Polyurethane is...

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Category: Apparel, Furniture

Thermoplastic Polyurethane Snow Boots

No one likes wet feet, especially when it’s freezing outside! As the winter season approaches, consider getting some thermoplastic polyurethane snow boots to help keep you warm and dry!

Thermoplastic elastomers, which are similar to rubber materials, are chosen by today’s apparel designers for garments, footwear and accessories because they are temperature resistant and pliable.

Not only that, but polyurethane’s revolutionary water-resistant properties and breathable technology give your winter boots the quality and longevity necessary for the long harsh winter. You’ll be able to wear them for many seasons to come!

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Category: Apparel

Polyurethane Adhesives for Wearable Tech

We’re always looking for easy ways to live a more active, healthier lifestyle. To help consumers in this endeavor, companies in the growing wearable tech industry created tiny electronic devices that can be worn like patches on the skin. These electronic devices enable us to easily track our fitness routines and help us meet our daily health goals.

As technology continues to improve for these small devices, we can also expect them to play a role in monitoring medical conditions and even discreetly delivering medications! For this innovation to progress, these wearables must feel comfortable on the skin for long...

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Category: Apparel, Electronics

Polyurethane Shimmers, Shines, and Stands Out from the Crowd

Why wear just any dress when you can wear one that illuminates? Covestro’s latest invention will shimmer and sparkle at the K2016 Plastics Trade Fair – quite literally. A new, flexible and formable thermoplastic polyurethane is bringing together innovation and fashion to create cutting-edge, smart clothing.

Typically, LED-emitting electronic systems were positioned on panels or strips instead of directly on fabrics. However, Covestro discovered a way for copper to be laminated onto polyurethane films which – because of the incredible properties of polyurethane, could then be laminated directly onto fabrics! This technology offers greater design flexibility and...

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Category: Apparel, Athletics

Back to School – Make Smart Decisions with Polyurethane

This August is jam packed! It’s almost that time for kids to head back to school. Whether they’re heading to pre-school or college, polyurethane is on the supply list.

One of the most in-demand back-to-school items are a new pair of sneakers. Polyurethane is the key material in providing comfort and durability in shoes.

Need a cool backpack? Backpack designs are always changing. While polyurethane will provide durability to help your backpack last for years, getting a new backpack is always exciting.

College bound? Bring the comfort of home to the dorm room with a mattress pad. Polyurethane...

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Category: Apparel