Why choose polyurethanes?

This section looks at the main properties of polyurethanes and explains their widespread use in so many applications. Not only are polyurethanes affordable and safe, they are also sustainable materials offering added comfort and protection to our everyday lives.

The sustainability section outlines how polyurethanes preserve the Earth’s natural resources by reducing the need for energy. It also summarises what the polyurethanes industry is doing to protect our planet’s resources for future generations, and shows the recycling and energy recovery options available at the end of a polyurethane product's lifetime.

The comfort section describes how polyurethanes make our lives more comfortable, from the relaxation provided by foams in furniture and bedding, to the insulation that regulates temperature inside buildings.

The versatility section highlights the extensive range of existing polyurethane applications, as well as the potential for future developments. It shows how the material’s enormous adaptability and availability, not to mention affordability and recyclability, make it a material of choice for many manufacturers.

The Protection section demonstrates a host of benefits and protective effects of polyurethanes, from reducing the need for additional energy in products like refrigerators thanks to efficient insulation, to their use in cars where their cushioning properties help protect drivers and passengers in case of collision.

The  Fire Safetysection underlines the polyurethanes industry’s commitment to improve their products’ and profiles’ fire performance in order to maintain high levels of safety for buildings and their residents. It also emphasizes that a holistic approach must be considered, product design being only one aspect, in order to ensure the number of fires continues to reduce.