Evonik used its expertise in polyurethane (PU) chemistry to develop an efficient chemical recycling process that converts flexible PU foam into raw polyol raw materials. As the next stage of development, Evonik will expand the scale of trials of its new process, and the cooperation with the Vita Group will further strengthen this new process. The Vita Group has tried out polyols recovered from Evonik's hydrolysis process in several flexible foam applications.
According to EUROPUR's latest report, in Europe alone, about 40 million mattresses are discarded every year, most of which end up in landfills, generating 600 thousand tons of waste, including more than 300 thousand tons of PU foam. Since it is possible to recycle the main component materials used in flexible polyurethane foam and polyurethane foam mattresses, Evonik’s process provides a higher level of recycled polyol usage compared with existing commercial technologies.
Evonik’s solutions will help the global flexible polyurethane industry’s sustainability expectations for reducing waste and increasing the use of renewable raw materials in the production of its products.
Ralph Marquardt, head of Evonik's polyurethane additives business, said: “Only by recycling the products back to their raw materials and reusing them over and over again can we achieve a complete circular economy.” “Our new hydrolysis process. Recyclables with similar quality and performance to the original raw materials can be provided. Therefore, innovative foam producers like our partner The Vita Group can achieve their sustainability goals while continuing to provide high-quality PU products."
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