Foam has a hidden but important role in our daily lives. Its uses are wide and varied. They range from providing comfort in our cars to keeping food fresh in refrigerators or supermarkets.
Foam is an important material that saves you money, reduces energy use and mitigates climate change. Here are three ways foam is making an eco-difference:
Lighter car seats so you use less fuel
Foam is used in the upholstery that cushions seats in cars and trucks. Using lighter weight foam can reduce seat weight by 20 percent, shaving several pounds from a vehicle—thus improving fuel efficiency. Furthermore, every 10 pounds an auto manufacturer sheds from a single car equals 10 to 15 pounds less of CO2 released into the atmosphere each year.
Energy efficient refrigeration to lower your bill
Appliance companies like Whirlpool and TCL use foam created with Honeywell’s Solstice® Liquid Blowing Agent (LBA) to insulate their refrigerators and freezers. This ultra-low-global-warming foam can provide up to a 4 percent increase in energy efficiency, meaning those midnight snacks don’t have to mean higher energy bills!
A second life for the sole of your shoes
According to industry estimates, more than 20 billion pairs of shoes are produced annually, with roughly 300 million pairs ending up in landfills after they’ve worn-out. Foam that is reprocessed is a great way to ensure that old soles can be reused to create new shoes, thus lessening the environmental impact when it comes to producing these products of everyday life.
Through these examples, we can see how foam helps make things more efficient and more sustainable.