CertiPUR-US Program Now Certifying Biobased Foams

CertiPUR-US Program Now Certifying Biobased Foams

The CertiPUR-US® foam certification program is now certifying CertiPUR-US certified 25% biobased foams for the first time ever!

In certifying biobased foams, we and participating foam producers are supporting the efforts of upholstered furniture and mattress manufacturers that want to use biobased materials in constructing home furnishings. Within any one mattress or sofa, for instance, manufacturers may use a combination of CertiPUR-US certified foam and CertiPUR-US certified 25% biobased foam in order to create the optimum balance between comfort, support, durability and sustainability.

Certified 25% biobased foams must have a minimum of 25% biobased content. Some of the biobased foams we have certified actually contain higher percentages of biocontent and we anticipate certifying higher percentage levels in the future.

Certified biobased foams must meet the criteria for all our certified foams in addition to having been analyzed by the independent ISO 17025 accredited laboratory Beta Analytic which specializes in biobased testing services.  The percentage of biobased content in the foam is based on the internationally recognized ASTM D6866-22 Method B standard, which uses an Accelerator Mass Spectrometer (AMS) instrument to measure how much of the carbon within a product is derived from biomass. The result indicates the percentage of the product’s biobased carbon versus fossil-derived carbon.

Companies using certified biobased foams in their products will have permission to use an exclusive, new CertiPUR-US logo (shown here), which is an easily recognized adaptation of the current CertiPUR-US logo and only used in association with products that contain certified biobased foam.

A special shout-out to U.S.-based foam producers Future Foam, FXI and NCFI Polyurethanes and Mexico-based Kuka Home, which are the first companies to offer CertiPUR-US certified 25% biobased foam, having participated in the pilot program that was launched earlier this year. These four companies are early adopters, and we feel certain that many other foam producers will begin offering biobased foam soon.

Find more details about certified biobased foams at certipur.us/biobased.

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