The Dow Chemical Co., Midland, Mich., reports its new thermoplastic Hypod™ Polyolefin Dispersions
for carpet-backing applications provide a more sustainable alternative to traditional thermoset
backings, making it easier to recycle carpet components at the end of a product’s useful life.
“With more than 7 billion pounds … of carpet disposed of in North America and Europe
together each year, enhancing the recyclability of carpet can have a huge environmental and
economic impact,” said Mike Levinson, commercial director, Dow Ventures & Business Development.
The thermoplastic backings can be applied to broadloom, carpet tiles, artificial turf and
thermo-moldable products using conventional coating equipment. According to Dow, they use less
material than thermoset backings, thereby saving resources and energy and reducing the weight of
In addition, said Bruno Gade Nielsen, managing director of Dow customer Foamtex A.S., a
Denmark-based commission finisher for the carpet industry, “Hypod Polyolefin Dispersions have very
low odor and excellent wet strength.”
March 24, 2009