By Andrew H. Dent
Manufacturer: Indratech (USA)
Some materials maintain their dominance in certain applications simply because they are so good at what they do and there is no economically viable, sustainable alternative. Polyurethane (PU) foam, used everywhere from furniture to seating to bedding to automobile interiors, is just such a material. Now PU may have a viable contender, Indura, a fibrous cushioning mat produced from a proprietary blend of polyester fibers with a polymer resin binder that has stretch and elasticity to give additional flex. The 100% recycled and completely recyclable mat is durable, will not produce airborne particles from mold or bacteria, and may be formed with different stiffnesses, depending on the need. The product is also water resistant—it can be hosed down for cleaning, unlike PU foam—and its fibers exhibit excellent flame-resistant characteristics, eliminating any need for treatment with flame-retardant chemicals. It can be cut and finished using conventional wire cutters and knife-edge blades, and can act as a substitute for PU in almost every case.
Andrew H. Dent is vice-president for library and materials research at Material ConneXion, a leading global platform for material innovations and solutions.