From discarded mattress to new insulation material

What is polyurethane?

Polyurethane (PU) is a technology that has many different end uses around the world. For example, it is used as an insulation material and incorporated into paints and coatings but is also used in the production of faux leather. Applying the principles of a circular economy can optimize the use and reuse of resources and ultimately reduce the amount of waste going to landfills or incinerators.

The RENUVA™ Mattress Recycling Program

The RENUVA™ Mattress Recycling Program focuses on recycling polyurethane foam from discarded mattresses. The recovered product with the recycled RENUVA™ Polyol can be used as raw material for new mattresses or for other uses such as insulation boards for construction.

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Het RENUVA™ Matrassenrecyclingprogramma

The RENUVA™ Mattress Recycling Program - Coming together in a new business ecosystem

A unique feature of the RENUVA™ program is its ability to bring together the entire value chain in a new business ecosystem model. This new model creates opportunities for partnerships of recycling companies, equipment and materials manufacturers, brand owners and other participants in the chain. 

A while ago, we announced the collaboration with Eco-mobilier, which has started to supply polyurethane foam from discarded mattresses to the recycling unit at the Orrion Chemicals Orgaform site in Semoy, France. We have now also partnered with the Vita Group - Europe's leading provider of flexible polyurethane foam solutions. Vita Group will use the RENUVA™ polyols we supply in the production of flexible polyurethane (PU) foams.

More about that collaboration can be found here.

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Listen to the Podcast with Anton van Beek

Listen to the Podcast via the link below, in which Maikel Harte talks to Anton van Beek about the sustainable ambition of Dow Terneuzen.