We guess that you're probably asking that question since "polyol" is not a word that most
people use every day! BiOH® polyols are ingredients for flexible foam in products you use
daily- furniture cushions, mattresses, mattress toppers, pillows, carpet cushion, and
automotive seats. Traditional foam is made from petroleum-based chemicals. BiOH® polyols
are made from a renewable resource - soybean oil. Today BiOH® polyols cannot replace all
of the petroleum chemicals in these products, but we are leading the industry.
Replacing Petroleum with Renewable Materials
Current BiOH® Polyol technology is used to create foam products with typical levels of renewable content
from 5 to 20%. Considering that only 3 years ago all of these products were 100% petroleum-based, we
think this is a significant step! However, we’re not satisfied yet; the BiOH® Polyol team is committed
to developing new chemistry that create products made with higher levels of renewable materials.
The foam made with BiOH® Polyols performs like the petroleum-based foams you're used to.
(In fact, the reason our customers can’t use more renewable content is because they want to ensure
quality foam cushioning that will last.) Foams made with BiOH® Polyols have been used in the
home furnishings industry since 2005 so they’ve been thoroughly tested. (Maybe you’re
sitting on some right now!?!)
An Environmentally Friendly Choice
You get quality products that meet your needs while leaving a smaller environmental footprint.
We're in the process of updating our life cycle data but an earlier preliminary life cycle
analysis indicated that manufacturing BiOH® Polyols requires 60% less non-renewable energy
and results in less global warming emissions than manufacturing the petroleum components we
replace. Additionally, for every 1 million lbs of BiOH® Polyols used, over 2200 barrels or
92,000 gallons of petroleum are saved.
Make a Difference
Although you won’t notice a difference with soy-based cushions in your furniture,
you'll feel the difference emotionally from making a more sustainable choice.
The positive environmental impact of one sofa made with soy cushions may be small.
However, by asking for foams made with BiOH® Polyols in furniture, mattresses and other
foam products, the impact from working together can be significant environmental
savings for our families and future generations.