This project was borne out of the need for a more environmentally friendly way to manufacture foam, which is used in everyday-day items such as clothing, household appliances, food packaging, automobiles, and electronics. The process of producing foam involves combining polyurethanes with a “blowing agent” which causes the polyurethanes to expand. Blowing agents play a vital role in the final foam products physical properties, including elasticity, rigidity and thermal efficiency.
Historically, blowing agents have been composed of chemicals which were detrimental to the earths ozone layer, including CFC, also known as freon, and other HFCs, or Hydrofluorocarbons. In fact, the HFC-134a gas, or Tetrafluoroethane, which is traditionally used as a blowing agent, are particularly harmful for the environment. Is it estimated that HFC-134a has 1,300 times more global warming potential than carbon dioxide. Therefore, it was imperative to find a substitute for these harmful substances.
In response, Foam Supplies Inc. has developed Ecomate®, a new blowing agent technology which is free from all ozone depleting materials and has zero global warming potential.
These foam blowing substitute offsets are the of the highest quality currently out in the market. The objective of this project is to develop Voluntary Emission Reductions to increase the environmentally friendly aspect of the foam manufacturing process, mitigating the need to use HFCs.
Currently, there is little incentive to switch to an environmentally friendly blowing agent in the foam manufacturing process. There are no existing laws which mandate the use of zero global warming potential blowing agents. Thus, using Ecomate® to manufacture foam results in new and additional greenhouse gas reduction.