Foam Supplies: PU foam keeps boats afloat with zero environmental impact
As momentum gains to phase out hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in flotation foam blowing agents, Foam Supplies, Inc. (FSI) Ecomarine polyurethane foam offers recreation marine manufacturers a 100 % sustainable, non-HFC marine foam solution.
Made with the company’s patented Ecomate blowing agent technology, Ecomarine is said to deliver optimal performance while easing the transition to HFC-free flotation foam. With zero global warming potential (GWP) and zero ozone depletion potential (ODP), the material not only enables boat manufacturers to achieve regulatory compliance, it also provides their end users with an environmentally friendly product they can feel good about, said FSI.
“With the marine industry facing a California mandate to ban damaging HFC’s in flotation foam by 1 January 2020, we are committed to providing boat manufacturers with a regulatory compliant flotation foam solution,” said Karl Meland, NAFTA Business Director at Foam Supplies, Inc. “Ecomarine is readily available for commercial use to meet both regulatory requirements and sustainability goals.”
In addition to protecting natural resources, Ecomarine polyurethane foam is said to offer superior flotation properties and to enhance structural integrity. The fourth generation polyurethane foam also complies with US Coast Guard requirements under Title 33 CFR, said the manufacturer.
Additional eco-friendly foam products, including FSI’s Ecofoam and Ecoflex, are used in the marine industry for applications such as boat seating, cushions, steering wheels, side walls, bumpers and more. All foam formulations are specially blended for marine use to resist water absorption, said FSI.
“As the world transitions away from damaging HFCs, many US and international boat manufacturers have already made the switch to Ecomarine flotation foam,” said Meland. “We’ve built our company around sustainability and it’s gratifying to work alongside marine manufacturers who are equally as committed to making a difference in the US and around the world.”