Frequent readers of this blog know that polyurethane is a familiar sight in your family’s garden. But did you also know your garden hose — the one object perhaps most vital to maintaining a successful yard — can be made up polyurethane as well? The humble hose has gone through many iterations since it was first invented nearly 400 years ago. Over the centuries, the material used to manufacture hoses has gone from stitched leather and canvas to today’s more modern polyurethane or rubber offerings. For all the competing materials that exist, a polyurethane garden hose remains a great option for...Appliances, Environment
look what we did!Innovations From Polyurethane Manufacturers
Many footwear companies have pledged to reduce waste and their carbon footprint over the coming years. Several have turned to polyurethane to achieve innovative solutions that can help them reach their sustainability goals to accomplish this task.
Shoes Made Solely from Polyurethane
Several footwear brands are now in the business of creating shoes made entirely from polyurethane. Balenciaga, for example, has introduced a shoe called the Zen sneaker. Touted as a leather alternative, the shoe is constructed entirely from polyurethane.
Simplifying the Supply Chain
On average, most athletic shoes are made using a dozen or more materials. This production process...Apparel, Environment, Innovation Bonds
Striking, eco-friendly, and quickly becoming a fixture in buildings and homes across the world, vertical gardens — made using polyurethane — are the new architectural must-have indoor and outdoor feature for homeowners and businesses everywhere.
A vertical garden — also called a green wall or a living wall — generally consists of plants, stacked vertically on a wall, giving the effect of a living wall of plants. The wall can be just a few feet or several stories high and can vary significantly in width. Some vertical gardens extend the entire range of a large atrium space; others are only...Environment, Poly as Art
During this time of year, many parts of the country experience freezing weather. With plunging temperatures often comes snowfall. Whole cities can grind to a halt under accumulated snow as they wait for teams of small but dedicated crews to dig them out. When winter storms happen, every moment counts. Snowplow drivers often work round-the-clock, relying on equipment made from polyurethane to get the job done.
Polyurethane Is Highly Customizable
Snowplows and blades — a strip of material running along the length of a metal snowplow — have several advantages when made with polyurethane. Polyurethane is highly customizable; parts made...Environment, Innovation Bonds
Polyurethane Modular Homes
At the beginning of the Atlantic hurricane season, Astrid Diaz, a Puerto Rico-based architect, announced her plans for a new polyurethane-based modular home. Her designs consist of polyurethane foam walls and a roof, reinforced with a steel frame, then covered with mortar. The homes — which can withstand winds of up to 184 miles per hour — blend in well with the existing architecture of similar structures that populate the island where there was a need for an estimated 75,000 homes in the wake of Hurricane Maria.World’s Longest Polyurethane Wind Turbine
In spring,...Architecture, Athletics, Electronics, Environment, Innovation Bonds
If you’re one of the 80 percent of students who change their declared major or begin their college careers undeclared, listen up: a future in polyurethane may be right for you. The polyurethane industry is poised for growth over the next few decades and, as mentioned before in this blog, polyurethane is an essential contributor to the U.S. economy in ways that reverberate throughout the supply chain.
There are several options for you to consider as you look to embark upon a viable and rewarding career:
Research & Development
Are you an idea person willing to work tirelessly to get...Architecture, Automotive, Electronics, Environment, Furniture, Home Builders, Innovation Bonds
As breakthroughs in agriculture and farming help to feed a growing global population, polyurethane spray foam (SPF) insulation is doing its part to house crops and livestock and doing so in a more sustainable way.
SPF is one of the most efficient and readily available forms of insulation for agricultural and livestock buildings around the world. It helps maintain consistent temperatures in the cold of winter, stand up to excessive heat in summer and even delivers a layer of protection against moisture, pests and insects.
Here are just a few of the ways SPF insulation is helping farmers house our...Architecture, Environment, Innovation Bonds
Could plants grown in polyurethane foam be key to helping solve the world’s food crisis? Experts from the new Institute for Sustainable Food at the University of Sheffield in England seem to think so. A group of researchers there has found that certain crops planted in polyurethane foam grow two to 10 times faster than plants grown in traditional soil.
How Do Plants Grow?
The polyurethane foam in which the plants are grown is treated with nutrients delivered via a network of pipes in a controlled environment. Today, researchers have successfully grown everything from salad greens to tomatoes in the polyurethane...Environment
In the world of renewable wind energy, something big is happening. Really big. Engineers in the city of Zhuzhou in the Hunan province of China have completed delivery of a 13.7 ton 59.5-meter-long wind turbine blade — reported to be the world’s longest made from polyurethane.
The Polyurethane Advantage
The company that manufactured this giant wind turbine blade says that polyurethane has several advantages over traditional materials. Researchers found polyurethane to have better mechanical performance and higher fatigue resistance. They also say it bonds more easily to carbon fiber reinforcements that help the wind turbine blade maintain its structural integrity...Electronics, Environment
April showers bring May flowers, but those blooms don’t just happen by themselves. Polyurethane footwear can lend a helping hand. Spring is the time of year when green thumb enthusiasts begin to spend more out in the garden, and since spring is a time for renewal your gardening outfit should be no exception – especially when it comes to footwear. If you are considering a new pair of gardening shoes or boots, opt for a pair made from polyurethane. Here are just some of the reasons you should choose polyurethane for traipsing around in the muck:
Keeping you light on...Apparel, Environment