Despite the many efforts to combat plastic waste, it’s still a very acute problem. But did you know that foam makes up nearly 50% of global plastic waste? And thousands of tons of foam are buried daily in the world’s landfills. There is clearly an urgent need for an alternative to this unsustainable and wasteful material usage.
Earlier this week, the Dutch company Foamplant announced the launch of a fully circular and sustainable foam known as Moorefoam. The Groningen-based technology company will present the innovation at Foam Expo Europe on November 8-10 in Stuttgart, Germany.
Eliminating Foam Waste
According to CEO Martin Tietema, Foamplant is driven by the thought that, “with enough effort, persistence, and creativity, every material can be produced in a sustainable way.” And the company’s newest product, Moorefoam, seems to be a testament to that.
Moorefoam is a fully circular and sustainable open-cell foam. The company makes use of bio-polyester, a fire-retardant material, for this. What’s more, Foamplant does not use extra chemicals to create this product. Its thermoplastic nature allows the product to be reused repeatedly. Doing so helps reduce emissions and the need to acquire more plastic products.
The company is currently taking pre-orders, with the first shipment of Moorefoam expected in April 2023. Bed mattresses, automotive and aviation products, and furniture are just some of the possible industrial applications for this product.
Industries that are moving towards sustainability already have a huge demand for Moorefoam. This bodes very well for reducing plastic waste in the future. Using and re-using this product, along with other circular economy products, can help many corporations meet their ESG goals.
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