Econic Technologies, a deep tech company focused on renewable carbon, has unveiled new technology for memory foam mattresses based on captured CO₂ emissions. Sleep brands and furniture companies that opt for foams made with Econic’s renewable carbon technology instead of petrochemicals can make bolder environmental claims while enhancing product comfort and quality.
Econic’s technology enhances the sustainability and circularity of products by reducing emissions and closing the carbon loop. The technology works by replacing fossil fuels in polyols, a key ingredient in the production of viscoelastic (VE) foams, also known as memory foams. Polyols made with Econic’s technology yield 20-50% fewer greenhouse gases. They can be used alone or in combination with recycled and bio-based polyols, allowing manufacturers to tailor their VE foams based on specific needs and sustainability targets.
Foams made with Econic’s technology perform as well as or better than standard VE foams. They give manufacturers the flexibility to finetune rebound, recovery time and other characteristics. On average, VE foams made with Econic’s technology demonstrate:
- ball rebound under 15%
- recovery time of under 11 seconds
- tensile strength (40-58 kPa)
- Econic polyols are odorless and colorless.
“Econic’s technology goes beyond sustainable materials. We’re setting a new standard of performance for the mattress industry. This represents a significant step towards a more circular economy without compromising on quality. Now mattress and furniture companies can deliver an even better consumer experience thanks to renewable carbon,” says Econic’s CEO Keith Wiggins.