What is polyurethane?
Polyurethane (PUR) is a resilient, flexible and durable manufactured material. There are various types of polyurethanes, which look and feel very different from each other. They are used in a very broad range of products. In fact, we are surrounded by polyurethane-containing products in every aspect of our everyday lives. While most people are not overly familiar with polyurethanes because they are generally ‘hidden’ behind covers or surfaces made of other materials, it would be hard to imagine life without them.
Properties of polyurethane
Not only are polyurethanes affordable and safe materials, they are also sustainable. Polyurethanes preserve the Earth’s natural resources by reducing the need for energy.
Polyurethanes make our lives more comfortable, from the relaxation provided by foams in furniture and bedding, to the insulation that regulates temperature inside buildings. In cars their cushioning properties help protect drivers and passengers in case of collision.
The material’s enormous adaptability and availability, not to mention affordability and recyclability, make it a material of choice for many manufacturers.
Applications of polyurethane
Polyurethanes are used in a wide range of applications, including:
- Building insulation.
- Refrigerators and freezers.
- Furniture and bedding.
- Coatings and adhesives.
For more information, see polyurethanes.org