Polyurethane is a versatile and durable chemical material. It is all around us.
Maybe could this pervasive, widespread presence be an environmental problem
Widespread use of polyurethane, with its oil-base chemistry, could be considered a negative impact on the environment.
On the other hand, with a growing world population and the growing demands on the worlds finite resources, intelligent use of polyurethane conserves more of the world’s precious resources.
• Domestic refrigerators now use polyurethane as the primary insulation material; over the past 10 years, this insulation material has improved its efficiency by 37%, requiring less energy use, and preserving food for longer.
• As an excellent form of insulation, increased use of polyurethane in buildings reduces energy consumption and carbon emissions.
• In vehicles and planes, polyurethane makes transport vehicles lighter, consuming less fuel.
Population growth, increased life expectancy and a growing demand for food and defense are the main factors that affect the planet’s resources. Polyurethanes are dependent on oil, but the quality of the products in polyurethane is such as to contribute to the conservation of several resources, at the same time protecting higher living standards. Think of domestic refrigerators that use polyurethanes as insulating material: in the last 10 years they have achieved an efficiency higher than 37%; this increased efficiency has made life more comfortable, and better cooling better protects the food from spoilage.
Being effective insulators, polyurethanes increase energy performance of buildings reducing the need for heating and thereby decreasing carbon emissions. Used in vehicles they provide greater comfort and safety, and save fuel because they are lighter than other materials. Current projects also show that hundreds of thousands of tons of polyurethanes can be recycled and recovered.
Pozzi-Arosio products conform to all European Community laws, with the most restrictive limits on ozone emissions into the environment. Our processes do not use toxic materials, even though these are permitted by law. Our attention to our environmental responsibilities is evidenced by our choice not to use particularly toxic isocyanates containing TDI (toluene diisocyanate), and to use only formulations containing isocyanates (MDI metilendifenildiisocyanate).
We look forward to finding more ways to use less, to make products that are safer and sustainable, and to be responsible guardians of our environment.