The sports industry today is characterized by users with a sustainable mindset who demand sustainable and green materials. A foam surrounded by a rigid fiber-reinforced laminate is an essential part of sports equipment that can be found in for instance tennis rackets, bicycles and surfboards. The foam is today made of oil-based expanded polystyrene (EPS) and/or toxic polyurethane (PU) that has a degradation rate exceeding 1000 years. There is no true sustainable alternative available amid to constraints in mechanical strength, water-repellent properties, and price. The goal of this project is to develop a lightweight foam for sports equipment using raw materials from the forest, which can compete with today’s oil-based foam materials.
RISE, Holmen AB and Vik Sports AB.
Budget & time plan
The project’s total budget is 1 MSEK and the project runs during six months – between May and November 2021.