look what we did!Innovations From Polyurethane Manufacturers

The Spandex Factor

Once scientists realized polyurethane could be spun into fine threads, it wasn’t long before continued innovations led to the creation of spandex fibers. According to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, spandex is a long chain synthetic polymer comprised of at least 85% of segmented polyurethane.

Polyurethane fibers are often characterized by their durability and flexibility. With exceptional stretch and recovery properties, polyurethane fibers can be found in a variety of textile applications ranging from apparel to healthcare.

Whether you’re suiting up for a run— or bandaging a scraped knee from that run —polyurethane will continue to be there for...

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Category: Apparel, Athletics

School’s OUT! How Polyurethane Can Help Teachers Celebrate

The school year has officially ended. Students are free from school rules, homework and teachers. Teachers are also free from students and all the fun, but stressful antics that come with their jobs. We’re guessing most teachers take advantage of this time to relax and de-stress, spend more time at the gym or go on vacation! Polyurethane can make it all possible.

When there are no class periods, story time or any schedule at all – there’s nothing stopping you from an afternoon nap! In the heat of summer your sofa beckons so go ahead and sink into that

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Category: Apparel, Automotive, Furniture

MAGIC Trade Show

The annual MAGIC Fashion Trade Show begins next week!

Twice each year, brands from all walks of life gather in Las Vegas at the MAGIC Trade Show for an opportunity to get a first look at next season’s trendiest items. There’s no doubt that if you’re in the apparel industry – MAGIC is the place to be.

Let’s not forget about polyurethane – which, as usual, is an important part of this trade show!  

Polyurethane has made its mark on the fashion industry and can be found in many of the items we pull out of our closet every day. The...

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Category: Apparel

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