The Vita Group, Europe’s leading flexible polyurethane foam solutions provider, and Dow (NYSE: Dow) today jointly announce a new collaboration for the production of flexible polyurethane (PU) foams made with RENUVA™ polyols – raw materials created from recycled mattress content. This milestone is a logical next step for the RENUVA™ Mattress Recycling Program journey, a circular economy initiative from Dow.
On 22 July 2020, Dow announced that Eco-mobilier will supply post-consumer PU mattress foam for chemical recycling to the first industrial scale production plant operated by Orrion Chemicals Orgaform in France. The Vita Group will start using RENUVA™ Polyols at its French production site of ICOA in Crancey, France in the first half of 2021. Vita will also work closely with its customers and mattress brands in the French and European markets to promote the application of this foam for new mattresses as well as seek other product areas.
“The Vita Group is inspired to be partnering Dow in the innovative RENUVA™ project. Sustainability and innovation are integral to Vita’s culture, our purpose, and our values. We are committed to being pioneers in the development of a circular economy within our industry, where post-consumer flexible PU foams will be recycled into new raw materials for use in our manufacturing processes to produce new high quality foams.” said Ian W. Robb, Group CEO for The Vita Group.
“We are proud to expand the RENUVA™ ecosystem by having Vita on board to produce flexible foam with RENUVA™ polyol. Their market experience and sustainability focus will enable a faster industry realisation of a circular economy for flexible polyurethane foams.” said Ana Carolina Haracemiv, EMEAI Commercial Vice President, Dow Polyurethanes.
The announcement is part of Vita’s mission to develop greener, more sustainable product solutions for the planet. Other examples of Vita’s adoption of sustainable raw materials are the use of bio polyols made from plants and polyols made from captured CO2. In 2019, Vita was the first PU foam player to launch a TCPP-free foam that meets UK flammability regulation for the furniture and bedding industry. The RENUVA™ Mattress Recycling Program aims to recycle up to 200,000 mattresses a year in France and help address the problem of waste landfilling and incineration. Initial production of RENUVA™ polyols is anticipated in the first half of 2021.
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