look what we did!Innovations From Polyurethane Manufacturers

Halloween Takes Shape with Polyurethane Science

Polyurethane’s durable properties combined with the capability to be manufactured quickly and efficiently make it a perfect material for creating realistic and festive Halloween props and costumes.

This season as you enjoy tricks and treats, think about all the ways polyurethane is used:

-Polyurethane is used in boots, shoes, and costumes to create a realistic leather look. For costumes, synthetic leather can be more cost-effective than leather. Polyurethane faux leather is durable enough to hold up through multiple masquerade parties, trick or treat outings or throughout haunted house attractions.

-Whether it’s evil, grinning witches or ancient-looking tombstones, polyurethane foam...

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Category: Apparel

Leaves Change, Polyurethane Stays Constant

With back to school season upon us, so are Fall sports.  As athletes hit the fields for football, soccer, and cross country they have an extra teammate in polyurethane.

Across all sports, polyurethane is an essential element in clothing and sneakers. It provides stretch and water resistance in clothing. It is the foam that cushions feet in sneakers. It even is the glue that holds the soles of shoes and cleats in place.

Many youth football teams are adding polyurethane fiber caps on top of helmets for practice and even games. When players wearing polyurethane fiber caps hit...

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Category: Apparel, Athletics

Next Generation Fabrics

This summer Bayer announced the development of INSQIN™, a new technology for producing polyurethane-coated fabrics without using solvents. Polyurethane-coated fabrics are used in athletic gear for moisture resistance as well as the creation of synthetic leather materials including shoes, handbags and clothes.

Traditionally the manufacture of polyurethane-coated fabrics requires the use of solvents that pose risks to workers and the environment if not used properly. With INSQIN, solvents are no longer required to produce the fabrics used in this wide variety of apparel.

The use of polyurethane-coated fabrics means quieter, more comfortable functional layers, as well as high...

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Category: Apparel

Simple as V-D-I

As they learn their ABCs, there’s comfort in knowing that polyurethane and its VDI (versatile, durable, incredible) is there as an invisible helper.

As students of all ages head back to the classroom this Fall, they’ll have the help of polyurethane and its versatile, durable, incredible properties.

Polyurethane helps add comfort and durability to many other parts of a student’s day.

Polyurethane provides the stretch, flex and cushion for the clothing and shoes worn by students from elementary school all the way through graduate school.  Polyurethane plays a major role as students walk across campus, or take part in...

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Category: Apparel, Appliances, Home Builders
Man's best friend: Beyond Skin's Natalie Dean and Heather Whittle. Photograph: Alex Lake for the Observer Alex Lake/Observer
Man's best friend: Beyond Skin's Natalie Dean and Heather Whittle. Photograph: Alex Lake for the Observer Alex Lake/Observer

Triumph for Polyurethane Fashion at Ethical Awards

Designers from the Beyond Skin fashion label won the Sustainable Fashion Award at this year’s Observer Ethical Awards for their pioneering use of polyurethane in shoe design. Entrepreneurs Natalie Dean and Heather Whittle have been lauded for their eco-friendly footwear, with several of their faux-leather designs utilizing polyurethane. Celebrities from Natalie Portman to Anne Hathaway, Leona Lewis to Emma Watson, have sported shoes by the brand, which was founded in 2001.

Polyurethane’s flexibility makes it a key asset to designers striving to create the most stylish shoes, as it can be readily molded into a variety of shapes. Its durability ensures that...

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Category: Apparel