look what we did!Innovations From Polyurethane Manufacturers

Mardi Gras

Kings cake, beads and beignets: just a few of the items that remind us of Mardi Gras. Wherever in the world you may be celebrating Fat Tuesday, you will also likely be celebrating with polyurethane!

Polyurethane can be found in a lot of the materials that supply your best parties! Incredible durability makes it the perfect finishing coat for crafty purple masks, shiny golden beads and many other fun plastic decorations.

You may be wearing a feathered mask, but you can’t hide from incredible polyurethane!

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Category: Apparel, Innovation Bonds

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The Big Game

On Sunday, February 7th, we will all crowd around the television with our loved ones to cheer on our favorite teams in the biggest football game of the year.

Polyurethane gets in on the game action as well – by creating soles that are long lasting and practical, it is a big component of most football cleats.

Polyurethane is also found inside helmets, adding a layer of protection for the hard hits – proven to reduce the pain from a hit by up to 33%.

And let’s not forget the reason most of us attend the party to...

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Category: Apparel, Athletics

Gear up for Winter Sports with Polyurethane

Whether hiking, climbing or snowboarding, polyurethane is there for many extreme winter sports needs.

When combined with nylon, polyurethane makes a lightweight, flexible, durable, and soft material.  It conforms to your body while you’re speeding down a hill or climbing up a mountain.

Polyurethane is infused in the winter jackets that keep you warm, typically without all the heavy constrictive bulk of a regular jacket!  The polyurethane helps make the jacket lightweight so you can catch come major air without being weighed down.

Polyurethane also helps keep you dry in the rain and in the snow.  Polyurethane’s revolutionary water resistant...

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Category: Apparel, Athletics

Take a Hike Day

Today celebrates one of our favorite outdoor hobbies and activities: hiking. Happy Take a Hike Day! Whether hiking the Grand Canyon, Appalachian Trail, or on a scenic trail near home, we want to make sure to have the proper gear to hike in comfort. And polyurethane is there to help support us in easy and difficult terrain.

Having a breathable jacket is an important element in hiking. A polyurethane film is often used in athletic gear to absorb sweat to help keep us dry and warm in rainy and cold conditions.

Polyurethane can also help our feet feel...

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Category: Apparel

Handbag Day

Today is the day you have a reason to stand in your closet for too long, staring in admiration at the fabulous collection of handbags.

Pay respect to the clutches, the carry-ons, the satchels and totes that have so brilliantly held your things while matching your shoes. You’ve been through a lot – and your handbags have always been by your side. How does the beauty withstand the battles of everyday life? You guessed it – polyurethane. The incredible polymer gives many handbags the durability needed to withstand any wear or weather, while holding every item you may want...

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Category: Apparel

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Dressing Up Polyurethane In Sustainability

Bayer MaterialScience has brought a new array of waterborne, bio-based polyurethane dispersions to apparel and footwear lines under the IMPRANIL® eco name. Thanks to the production of this technology by Bayer, it is now possible for manufactures to produce sustainable, coated apparel such as synthetic leather, with minimal fossil-based raw materials.  Ultimately, Bayer notes that these bio-based polyurethane dispersions will contain up to 65 percent of renewable elements contributing to the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions.

IMPRANIL® eco has given synthetic materials a face lift, attracting more consumers to the brands that have adopted a more sustainable material. ...

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Category: Apparel

Polyurethane is sporting a new summer beach body

Summer is rolling through and getting into shape is back in full force.  But have no fear, polyurethane is here to help you run the extra mile! 

Not only is polyurethane found in exercise apparel and footwear but it’s found in different exercise equipment – equipment that can help get your body ready for summer vacation.  For example, exercise mats made with a thin layer of polyurethane foam are great for protecting your knees and back when doing floor exercises. 

Exercising is always better when you have a partner to work out with.  Tossing medicine balls to a partner...

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Category: Apparel, Athletics

Polyurethane and the Great Outdoors

It’s that time of year again! Nothing beats experiencing the great outdoors on a beautiful spring day. The sun is shining. The birds are chirping. The bees are buzzing. However, did you know that while you’re running through the park, cycling on various trails, or camping in the woods, chemistry – including versatile, durable, incredible polyurethane – is helping you along the way?

Watch this video from chemicalsafetyfacts.org to learn more!


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Category: Apparel, Athletics, Environment

Layup with Polyurethane

When it comes to court sports, polyurethane is in the starting line-up.

In most indoor basketball games and tournaments, the basketball itself is sealed with a polyurethane topcoat to protect the ball’s orange-tan dye finish. For outdoor use, the basketball cover is generally comprised of a polyurethane synthetic leather. These polyurethane materials not only duplicate the look and feel of a professional-level basketball, but protect the ball itself from wear and tear on outdoor courts thanks to the incredible durability of the material.

Polyurethane is often a key material in footwear, and basketball shoes are no...

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Category: Apparel, Athletics

Polyurethane is Super Support at the Big Game

With all of the hype surrounding the big football game, there is one important participant you might not see on the big screen – polyurethane.  The incredible impact of polyurethane/this material starts with the ball. The inside pouch of footballs is typically made of polyurethane, which supports the durability and consistent feel. The players’ uniforms often use polyurethane for stretch and water resistance. Even the cleats often use polyurethane both as cushioning foam and as an adhesive to keep it all together. In future games, polyurethane may also be used to help create the next generation of football...

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Category: Apparel, Athletics