Biobased and biodegradable polymer foam from bioplastics and feathers – step 2

Polyurethane foams form part of many of the products we take for granted in our everyday life, such as in mattresses, furniture and clothing. But its current production processes and end-of-life alternatives significantly contribute to CO2 emissions and pollution of our environment.

Through this project, we will develop a method to produce an alternative to flexible PU foams by compounding biologically hydrolysed feather and biobased and biodegradable polymers (PHAs). These foams would be completely biobased and biodegradable.

The project starts with the production of the raw materials and the development of the right compound, and then testing together with end-users and business case calculations. The project team is made up of an SME (Bioextrax), Academia (Borås University), established industry (MUEHLMEIER) as well as the end-user (H&M).


Bioextrax, Högskolan i Borås, MUEHLMEIER and H&M.

Budget & time plan

The project’s budget is 3,3 MSEK and the project runs during two years – from May 2020 to the end of 2022.

Read about PhatherTex: Biobased and biodegradable textiles from bioplastics and feathers – Step 1.