Living comfort in line with nature
Material solutions for functional and sustainable homes
Our home is probably the most important and personal place for every one of us. We want to make it as cozy, attractive, and functional as we can, and at the same time save resources such as heat and electricity wherever possible. Covestro helps to achieve these goals in various areas of our residential environment, e.g. with materials for heavy-duty lighting systems, insulation foam for highly efficient kitchen appliances, and water-based furniture coatings.
Where Covestro materials make the difference
Whether it’s kitchens, bathrooms or the garden – furniture is exposed to environmental influences every day. A high-performance coating is a vital requirement to maintain furniture quality over the long term. But production of the traditionally applied coatings requires the use of purely fossil-based resources, forcing to choose between natural products with low performance or petro-based products with high performance.
Covestro found a solution to this challenge. In a ground-breaking project with two partners – coatings supplier SIRCA S.p.a. and furniture manufacturer RiFRA Milano s.r.l. – we developed a hydrophilic hardener with 66% bio-content and tested it on one of RiFRA’s new furniture collections. The final coating provides the same excellent performance as conventional fossil-based coatings, but features a far improved carbon footprint.
In the area of lighting, we also contribute to more living comfort. One example: a special grade of the high-performance polycarbonate Makrolon® that is used for LED lamps manufactured by our partner Vlux s.p.r.l. The material is especially well suited for damp and dusty environments such as parking garages. Thanks to this innovative material, the lamps feature outstanding weather resistance and illuminate dusty areas for a clear view.
The outstanding thermal insulation properties of rigid polyurethane foam based on raw materials from Covestro make it the material of choice for insulating kitchen appliances such as refrigerators and freezers.
The material thereby saves food from spoiling with less energy needed, contributing to sustainability and reducing food waste at the same time.