In countries around the world, environmental concern is at an all-time high. Consumers are asking for earth-friendly products in every industry, from automotive, to home goods, to personal products, and much more. Manufacturers are responding to the demand by investing billions of dollars in the development of high-quality and cost-effective green solutions. In the foam technologies industry, a new product called bio-content material has been developed.
Foam technologies are incorporated in more products than the average consumer realizes. For example, nearly all types of public transportation depend on the work done by this industry, with the seats on subways, buses, and trains being built in foam factories. Hospital and medical facilities purchase custom-made mattresses, seating, pillows, and other specialized products. Office supply companies depend on the industry for ergonomically designed chairs, cushions, and more. These are a just a few of the many products that can now be created using greener foam technologies.
Thanks to significant research, product development, and testing, these greener materials perform better and provide an even greater value than older options available in the marketplace. They have an improved compression set and a good feel that mimics traditional materials. Their increased UV resistance is a major bonus for those applications in which the material is consistently exposed to the sun, such as boat and outdoor seating.
Bio-content material comes in many different varieties. It is available in both 3.0 pound and 4.0 weight. Manufacturers are also creating visco-elastic, rigid, and integral skin-molded systems to ensure it can be used in many different applications. With an increased demand, these greener materials are becoming more and more affordable. In many cases, pricing rivals that of traditional options.
Manufacturers aren’t just incorporating green thinking into their product line, but also into their day-to-day operations. Using water-based adhesives and mold release agents is another way they’re improving environmental responsibility in the plant. Scrap materials are recycled to avoid the accumulation of long-term landfill waste.
Choosing green technology can give businesses an added competitive advantage. Consumers want to be environmentally responsible with their purchasing habits. They are actively looking to buy products that are environmentally friendly, and, until recently, this was difficult to accomplish with foam technologies. Now, products with bio-foam can be advertised as being earth-friendly, a claim that draws attention and can lead to increased sales. When used in collaboration with other eco-minded products, such as recycled materials and renewable resources, it can become a strong message in the brand’s marketing strategy.