Polyurethane manufacturer Kimpur: Using PET recycling + bio-based polyester polyol to make environmentally friendly slippers
Latest News:Turkish polyurethane producer Kimpur continues to take new steps to create a sustainable future. The chemical industry company has successfully obtained polyester polyols from PET waste. 17% of the slipper material is made of this polyester polyol, and an additional 20% of polyester polyol obtained from bio-based raw materials is used. The company takes great pride in being able to develop one of the best examples of nature-friendly product lines in the industry. New products at SIMAC in Italy
Launched at the TANNING TECH exhibition, it will lead the industry in producing slippers with an elastic structure obtained from PET waste for the first time.
According to 2021 data from the Ministry of Environment, Urbanization and Climate Change, collecting 41 tons of waste plastic for recycling can reduce 1 kg of greenhouse gas emissions, save 66% of raw materials and save 5 kilowatts of energy (774%). Based on these important data on nature conservation and sustainable development, Kimpur, one of the largest manufacturers of polyurethane systems, synthesized polyester polyols from waste PET bottles and carried out industrial trials in the production of slippers, which were in line with existing standard systems. Than, the physical and mechanical properties of the final product will not be affected. Kimpur implemented the project ‘Synthesis of polyester polyols from waste PET bottles and their commercial use in polyurethane systems’ at the 80th R&D project organized by the Istanbul Chemical and Chemical Products Exporters Association (IKMIB) in 2021 Awarded in the selection, it is a sustainable and circular project. And has taken a pioneering step in the actual production of the product.
Kimpur R&D Director Dr. Yener Rakıcıoğlu said they are proud to create projects that are beneficial to the environment and society by providing extraordinary solutions.
Registered with the Ministry of Industry and Technology in 2018, he said: “As a polyurethane producer, we continue our research and development efforts to contribute to efficiencies and savings in the life cycle of our products. In accordance with the Montreal Protocol (a response to International Agreement on Global Warming and Climate Change), we at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization
Encouraged by the investment to completely remove ozone depleting blowing agents from our products and use more environmentally friendly blowing agents. We will continue to work on bio-based projects. Starting in 2020, we use bio-based raw materials in our footwear product range and our product range of rigid foam systems for sandwich panel production. This year, by synthesizing polyester polyols from waste PET bottles, we succeeded in obtaining a final product that does not compromise its physical and mechanical properties, and has a cost advantage compared to existing standard systems. With elastic structures made from this polyester polyol, we are breaking new ground in this field and we are delighted to have taken a groundbreaking step in our field with this product. ”